NEW YORK, NY – In the wake of the shoulder injury suffered by starting QB Mark Sanchez in Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants, as well as the alarmingly poor performance of rookie Geno Smith in the same game, Jets coach Rex Ryan today named Drew Brees as the team’s starting QB, proclaiming the thirteen year veteran, “the right man for the job.”
“This was a not an easy decision to make,” Ryan told reporters. “Both Mark and Geno gave it their best shot. But in the end, Drew simply displayed the poise, leadership, and accuracy that I’m looking for at this position. Or at least, he did when I watched him on TV the other night.”
Brees, 34, considered one of the classiest players in the NFL, took the high road when discussing his elevation above Sanchez and Smith on the Jets’ depth chart.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” the humble signal caller said to reporters from a football field in New Orleans. “I’ve been named the Jets what, now? They do know that I already have a job, right?”
“We’re aware that Drew has outside obligations that may limit his availability to us,” Ryan responded. “But for a player of his stature we’re willing to work around his schedule. We don’t mind sharing him with his other employer. In fact, we’re fine with him spending all his weekdays as a full time employee with them. All we ask is that he shows up in a Jets uniform to work a part time shift for us each weekend for about three hours or so.”