Jets coach Rex Ryan admitted that he won't hesitate to make rookie Mark Sanchez the Opening Day starter if warranted. Then again, he won't hesitate to start Kellen Clemens either. Translation: The 2009 Jets will be a meritocracy.
"I got to do what's best for this football team," Ryan said. "That's the easy thing. I feel confident that the guy that wins that job -- and comes out of there and is our Opening Day starter -- he'll have earned it. It won't be just because he's had experience or just because he was a first-round pick. The guy's going to have to earn the job. Competition brings out the best in everybody. You're going to get the best that Kellen Clemens has. You're going to get the best that Mark Sanchez has. And that's a good thing."