TV’s genius class spent Sunday morning crucifying Jets head coach Rex Ryan for playing QB Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Giants. Rookie QB Geno Smith was awful in throwing three interceptions and scrambling out the back of the endzone for a safety, and Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury during his unexpected late-game relief.
Ryan brought some of the criticism on himself with his bizarre post-game press conference, but this is the same Sanchez who completed 54 percent of his passes and turned the ball over 26 times last season. In defense of Rex Ryan, a quarterback of Sanchez’s caliber is perfectly suited for fourth-quarter mop-up work in the preseason.
Lost in the clamor is a simple truth: The Jets were horrid at the QB position before Sanchez got hurt, and that really hasn’t changed now that he’s banged up.
The risk for the Cowboys is that Romo goes down and the 2013 season rests in the hands of an unproven rookie. The reward is the possible premium draft assets that a team like the Jets might pay for Orton, the cap space we save, and the opportunity to groom a possible successor to Romo.
Orton arguably makes six NFL teams better the day he shows up: Oakland, Minnesota, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and the New York Jets.
If the coaching staff likes what they see in Tanney, and they’re willing to risk running with a rookie backup who’s shown some promise, then it’s worth at least a flyer to see what someone would be willing to pay for Orton. Cowboys GM Jerry Jones knows how to sell, and there are some desperate teams out there. You never really know what you can get if you don’t ask for it…