Rex Ryan now faces another obstacle in his already unstable coaching position. His decision to play Sanchez late in the fourth quarter has been met with vast criticism. He now risks playing a quarterback who has shown to be not ready for NFL play and may be forced to send him out there for week one.
Gang Green offensive guard Willie Colon expressed his sentiment on Sanchez's unfortunate injury.
"That's not my call," said Colon. "Mark is more than capable, more than willing, I know that for a fact. It's just unfortunate that he got hurt tonight."
Colon was tasked to protect both quarterbacks during the annual preseason MetLife Bowl. The offensive line as a whole managed to do their job well and gave both passers plenty of time to make their reads. A few plays were hurried and resulted in turnovers. Luckily for the Jets, their defense played a very good, disciplined game and bailed the offense out of field position that worked heavily in favor of Big Blue.
"It was coach's call. (We were) going to go as long as he wanted us to go," said Colon of his playing time.
Colon also stated that he is not concerned about the quarterback controversy and whether it bothers him not knowing who will be under center week one. While it is true that the Jets need a drastic change in their offensive flow, Mark Sanchez still gives the Jets the best chance to win games come the start of the season.
"We believe in both guys," stated Colon. "We know Geno's (Smith) a young guy. He's going to go in there. He has a heart of a lion. I see it in him. Mark has the same thing. . It's not our call right now. It's the coaches, so whatever happens is going to happen. We're going to roll with whoever's the guy."