Rex Ryan says he never told Sanchez he won competition

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez boldly asserted Thursday that he had won the quarterback competition prior to injuring his shoulder.

Jets coach Rex Ryan says that's not the case, though.

Sanchez made the following statement to NFL Network before the Jets' loss to the New England Patriots where rookie Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter.

"What I'm really disappointed about is that I got hurt, because I won the competition," Sanchez said. "There's no doubt. It was a done deal."

Well, possibly, since Smith had a bad preseason game, but the injury to Sanchez affects everything.

Why isn't he being placed on injured reserve?

"If we didn't think it was realistic that Mark would get back on the field, we'd put him on injured reserve, and that's not the case," Ryan said. "He's doing a great job in rehab. Our doctors and trainers are pleased."

Despite his torn labrum, doctors are telling Sanchez he could delay surgery until after the season and still be ready for training camp.

It's obvious that the Jets want Smith to emerge as the long-term starter since this is likely Sanchez's last season in New York.

What did Ryan think of Smith?

"Through it, he was still poised," Ryan said "It wasn't like he was rattled. He was confident. He threw some jump balls up there at the end, trying to force some issues, but he was trying to make plays."

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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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