New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has officially made his decision: Rookie Mark Sanchez will be his starting quarterback this season.
Sanchez, the fifth overall draft pick out of Southern California, beat out veteran Kellen Clemens with a solid training camp and will be under center for the Jets' season opener at Houston on Sept. 13. The person requested anonymity Wednesday because they were not authorized to discuss the decision.
Sanchez struggled early in his start at Baltimore on Monday night, but threw a touchdown pass to Leon Washington to cap his final series.
The Jets traded up in the draft to select Sanchez, who was signed to a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million, including $28 million guaranteed.
The Jets have one of the better offensive lines in football, so Sanchez will be well protected. The team also has surrounded the rookie with a trio of quality backs in Washington, Thomas Jones (if he isn’t traded) and fellow rookie Shonn Greene.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction currently list the Jets’ odds to win Super Bowl XLIV at 40/1 and their AFC Championship odds at 20/1.
Posted: 8/26/09 12:15PM ET