Right after I posted that Mark Sanchez did not practice this afternoon, Rex Ryan declared that Kellen Clemens will be the starting quarterback Sunday against Tampa Bay. Sanchez has a strained PCL in his knee, and could not practice this week. Mark Sanchez said in his press conference that he was not happy about not playing. He will not practice tomorrow. The rookie asked Rex Ryan, but he vetoed it, saying that if he was out there tomorrow, he knew he'd be out there on Sunday, so he's holding him out.
There's not much reason to have faith in Kellen Clemens, but if the Jets can play defense and run the football, that should be enough to beat Tampa. Clemens hopefully will get a slightly longer leash than he had last week, when it was clear his job was simply not to make a turnover. Of course, Ryan and Brian Schottenheimer will still hammer into his head all week that turnovers are unacceptable, but they have to give him a chance to play the position.