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Jets QB Clemens can't win


Jets QB Clemens can't win
The Jets will allow media Thursday during one of their off-season workout days, and it will mark the first time since before the NFL draft that the media has had access to veteran players.


It will be our first chance to talk to fourth-year quarterback Kellen Clemens since the Jets selected Mark Sanchez with the fifth overall pick.

Will Clemens lash out at the organization for disrespecting him? Probably not, even though he has every right to.

Clemens most likely will take the high road and talk about how the Jets needed to do what they felt was in their best interests, and the only thing he can control is his play, and so on.

Still, it obviously has to be frustrating for any competitor. Clemens was 3-5 as a starter in 2007, and while he was far from impressive, he played behind a patchwork offensive line for a team that finished 4-12. He then went through spring 2008 and the first two weeks of training camp battling with Chad Pennington for the No. 1 spot before the Jets traded for Brett Favre on Aug. 6, thus ending the quarterback competition in a hurry.

Then he had to endure the Favre-is-in-or-is-he-retired rumors for more than a month (Minnesota's Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are dealing with that now). And after that, he had two weeks of answering questions about the Jets potentially trading for Jay Cutler before Denver dealt the immature gunslinger to Chicago.

And now Clemens must deal with the drafting of Sanchez, which happened just over a week after Clemens had taken the early lead in yet another quarterback competition.

Yes, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said last weekend that Clemens has a head start over Sanchez in this battle because of his years in the system. But coach Rex Ryan has noted several times about what a great job Joe Flacco did as a Baltimore rookie last season. You get the feeling that Clemens will have to be significantly better than Sanchez to win the job.

E-mail: pelzman@northjersey.com



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Added: May 7, 2009

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