Mark Sanchez fails to make convincing argument

At least judging by his performance, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez failed to make a convincing argument that he should own the starting job.

Although he had a prime opportunity with rookie Geno Smith sidelined with a sprained ankle during a 37-13 Jets win, Sanchez completed only 13 of 23 passes for 139 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

So, the Jets won't be naming a starter at this time.

"We're not willing to name a starting quarterback right now," Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters. "Will we name one before the Giant game? I don't know. Right now, we're not comfortable making that decision."

Sanchez was intercepted by Marcus Trufant on a throw he forced to tight end Kellen Winslow.

"It was a tight lane," Sanchez said. "I should have put it out in front of Kellen a little more and gave him a better chance to make a better play."

It's wide open between Sanchez and Smith, as long as the second-round draft pick gets back on the field and plays well

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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