CORTLAND, N.Y. -- It is time to reconvene the quarterback controversy as the New York Jets report to training camp Thursday and have their first full-squad workout Friday.
And that is only the tip of the iceberg on a team that needs far more than a quarterback to become successful.
There's no obvious starting quarterback. No matter who wins the job -- embattled incumbent Mark Sanchez or controversial rookie Geno Smith -- he will be working behind an offensive line that will feature a pair of new guards.
The starting quarterback will almost surely be in charge of running a modified version of the "ground and pound" that will feature a pair of new running backs in Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson, neither of whom have ever occupied the featured roles they are expected to fill with the Jets.
When the quarterback is actually asked to throw the ball, he will have one reliable proven NFL wide receiver to target in Jeremy Kerley.
Veteran receiver Santonio Holmes was put on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. He could be activated from this list unless he stays there until the cut to 53 players, which would then sideline him for a minimum of six games.
"I don't have a target date (for a return)," Holmes said Saturday, according to the New York Daily News. "I don't want to do anything to jeopardize myself being ready for the season. ... It's just getting back into the swing of walking and running without any pains from having scar tissue build up around the injury."
In addition to Holmes, the Jets placed cornerback Mike Edwards, nose tackle Junior Aumavae, safety Rontez Miles and defensive end Jake McDonough on the PUP list. Cornerback Darrin Walls went on the non-football injury list.
There are some who believe Sanchez' days were numbered as a Jet after back-to-back turnover seasons. Or after the Jets selected Smith in the second round of the draft.
The Jets would probably have preferred for Smith to grab the starting job and run with it so that they can begin a new era with him at the helm of the offense.
However, Smith wasn't impressive during OTAs and will likely require some time to adjust to a conventional NFL offense. But the Jets will have no choice but to turn to Smith if Sanchez performs in August and September as he did in 2011 and 2012.
Some would deem it a miracle if Sanchez regained his status as the Jets' quarterback of the future, but he could do wonders for his NFL career if he erases the bad memories of the last two years and holds off Smith deep into the fall.
There is even less uncertainty on defense, which is where the Jets' two best players reside. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie played at a Darrelle Revis-esque level last year, which is encouraging for the Jets since they traded Revis to the Buccaneers before the draft.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson played at a Pro Bowl level last year and has made it clear he'll play this season with a chip on his shoulder over his exclusion from the squad.
Even with the presence of Cromartie and Wilkerson, though, question marks remain within coach Rex Ryan's pride and joy. The Jets will have at least six new starters on defense, including both safeties. The Jets might not be calling 2013 a rebuilding season, but it certainly looks like one.
--Team correspondents for The Sports Xchange contributed material for this story.