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Rex Ryan is unable to say if he’ll have the final word on who starts at QB for Jets

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Judging by the different ways Rex Ryan has answered the question about whether he'll have final say on who starts at quarterback for the New York Jets, it won't be his call to make.

Jets general manager John Idzik said he would have "a pretty big role" in selecting if Mark Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith will start at quarterback, and with that he pulled a fairly significant power play on his head coach. Ryan responded to subsequent questions about whether he has final say on the quarterback with "Every decision is a Jet decision," and blamed the media for "making a mountain out of a molehill," which basically answers the question without answering it.

As Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News wrote, it's sad to see Ryan be a shell of his cocksure self.

That's not to say the Jets aren't doing the right thing. Everyone knows this is Ryan's last season with the Jets unless the team improves. No coach in that position is going to willfully use a rookie at quarterback (unless it's an Andrew Luck type), because he's not going to benefit from that quarterback in year two. Some other coach will take over after the quarterback has suffered through all his rookie growing pains.

So the fact that it appears to be a "Jet decision" probably gives Smith a better chance in the competition against Sanchez. The Jets will do what's best for the organization when picking a quarterback. It just might not be the best thing for Ryan in saving his job.

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