The mystery of Florham Park -- if there ever was one -- has been solved.
The decision caps an offseason-long competition that pitted Smith against four-year starter Mark Sanchez. Neither quarterback made a strong case for the job, but Sanchez remains "day to day" with a right shoulder injury that reportedly might keep the veteran sidelined until at least Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills.
Sanchez's health aside, the Jets -- or at least some Jets officials -- were rumored to be leaning toward Smith for some time. Sanchez has his supporters, too, but new general manager John Idzik drafted Smith out of West Virginia to revive a Jets offense that flat-lined with Sanchez at the wheel last season.
It's interesting how the Jets announced the move, anointing Smith quietly through online channels. It caps a difficult summer for Sanchez, but the Jets are overdue to turn the page. Besides, it's fair to wonder if Sanchez even would have a place on the roster were it not for the $8.25 million guaranteed he's due this season. Beyond the financials, starting Smith just makes sense for the Jets.
You don't draft rookie signal-callers to sit anymore, especially on teams lacking a veteran quarterback you can trust. Geno will be thrust into the fire, putting an end -- for now -- to the drama in New York. Meanwhile, it's fair to wonder if Sanchez will start again in green and white. Knowing the Jets, anything is possible.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.