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Rex Ryan: No clear-cut favorite for New York Jets QB

New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told reporters earlier this month that Mark Sanchez had "just a little bit of a leg up" on the quarterback competition because of his incumbent status as a four-year starter.

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Jets coach Rex Ryan no longer is willing to match even that tepid endorsement of Sanchez.

"I don't think there's a clear-cut favorite in my opinion," Ryan said Friday on ESPN Radio, according to the New York Daily News. "I just think it's going to be competition from Day 1, and obviously Sanchez will take the first snap and things, but that's all you can say."

Although Ryan insists he hasn't lost confidence in Sanchez, his follow-up comments speak volumes.

"I do know this: The play at quarterback has to get a lot better," Ryan said. "There's no doubt. Whether it's Mark or somebody else, we know we have to improve in that area without a doubt. I guess we can file that in the 'no kidding' category."

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Ryan is hanging his hat on "stiffer competition" for Sanchez. Unfortunately, the best the Jets have to offer in that regard is David Garrard, a 35-year-old quarterback who hasn't taken a regular-season NFL snap in more than two years.

It's a sad state of affairs when free-agent quarterback Kevin Kolb is viewed as a potential savior.

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