"Mark Sanchez, whom the team has repeatedly insisted is the Jets’ undisputed starter, will run the first-string offense throughout the practices."
Why would they have to repeatedly insist if it had never been a question in anyone's mind? Please find me the quotes of Coughlin repeatedly insisting that Manning was the undisputed starter.
There are a million articles b/c it was a hot topic after that interview, the league was laughing at him callimg himselgf elite and up there w/ Brady so it made big news.
I postes that article. I'll go back to 2010 and find articles. I've been tied up in meetings the last day or so so I'll try to do that tomorrow.
There were ZERO questions about Tebow competing, that was all SPECULATION. From day 1 Rex said there wasn't a competition and clearly there wasn't.
Maybe the team repeatedly insisted it b/c the media kept making it a story? can we use common sense for once please?
Why would the media do that? isn't that a silly question? at no point was there a QB competition or controversy w/ the Jets.
as far as Eli 2010-early 2011:
While elite or not elite is a question that time will answer on Eli, it really is a question that's missing the point. A better question is has Eli ever been a bottom 5 rated starting QB for three years? NO, but you know who has, and still is one of the worst starting QB's in the League?
I thought great was better than elite? That's how you tried to defend your assessment of the Jets. It is easier to keeps things straight if you don't try to make up definitions for words...
None of the links about Eli had any member of the media questioning his status as the starter. The Jets, meanwhile, needed to repeatedly insist that Sanchez is..... It is clear to everyone who is not a Sanchez fanboy that the Giants did not face similar questions about Eli before the start of last year that the Jets faced about Sanchez before the start of this year.
Here's a ranking that has Eli at #4 (elite) and Sanchez at #22 (bottom third).
Eli #5, Sanchez #23:
Another with Eli around #7 and Sanchez around #28:
Here's one the puts Sanchez as high as 18, Eli is #4:
Eli at #4 and Sanchez/Tebow at #28:
Another with Eli at #4 witih only the top QBs ranked:
None of those rankings are for fantasy stats.
Now please, give it up.....
No one who knows anything about the Jets questioned Sanchez's status and did the Giants have a backup who won a playoff game the year before? Nowhere did I say Eli was in jeopardy of being benchec, just that he was under scrutiny- JUST LIKE SANCHEZ. Never in danger of losing his job but under heavy scrutiny.
You are right, we have less questions now than the Giants had a year ago. sanchez wasn't coming off TWENTY FIVE INTs and didn't start off week 1 throwing a backbreaking INT for a TD in a loss to a bad team.
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by the way, #4 or 5 doesn't mean elite. There isn't a certain # of elite QBs but when a QB has yet to have a full elite season how can he be considered elite? Maybe an elite postseason QB but not an elite overall QB.