With Smith sidelined by a minor ankle injury, Sanchez played nearly three quarters of football Saturday and looked the part early. He directed the Jets on a brisk, six-play, 59-yard scoring march to open the game, but a costly red-zone interception and clock-management issues served as a reminder: You know what you're getting with this quarterback.
He will, and let's remember: This isn't Ryan's decision alone. General manager John Idzik and a committee of decision-makers will weigh in. It's a muddled process -- it always is with the Jets.