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Welcome to the Pressure Cooker Mark Sanchez

Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:58 am EDT

Mark Sanchez(notes), the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, will be the opening day starter for the New York Jets. Rex Ryan told his quarterbacks this morning that Sanchez was the guy, ending the ongoing battle with Kellen Clemens(notes).

Two things, I believe, helped make the decision easy for Rex Ryan. One, Kellen Clemens, entering his fourth year in the league, never really distinguished himself, which, as a player entering his fourth year in the league, he totally should have.

Also, the NFL is a league full of great big copycatters, and the success of Matt Ryan(notes) and Joe Flacco(notes) as rookies last year probably helped pave the way for future rookies to start. Flacco and...

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