Allies remain in short supply for Mark Sanchez.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that Marty Mornhinweg will unequivocally side with rookie Geno Smith if the offensive coordinator has a vote in the New York Jets' starting quarterback competition. Mornhinweg is a big fan of Smith's potential and believes he's the better option, whether Sanchez is healthy or not.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said Friday that he will listen to different voices in the organization before deciding on his starter. It stands to reason that the man running his offense will have a substantial say in the matter. In other words, this does not bode well for the embattled Sanchez.
Of course, Sanchez's health factors into this. He's not expected to be ready for Week 1 as he continues his recovery from a deep bruise in his throwing shoulder. He's still not throwing and could be dealing with a multi-week injury, as Rapoport reported Thursday.
One name not in the mix to start? Matt Simms, who earned some respect with a solid performance in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rapoport hears Simms is not considered an option as QB1.
Now we'll see if Smith is even remotely ready for a starting job out of the gate. He didn't seem that way the last time we saw him, when he threw three picks and pulled an Orlovsky last week against the New York Giants.