When it comes to making that final call on the quarterback in a few weeks, Ryan will be the one who sits down with Sanchez and Smith and delivers that news. He'll also be the one to tell the media.
"But at no time is it a one-man show,'' he said. "It's always a team decision. And that's the way it's always been. Whether it's talking about a player, or talking about the draft.''
While Ryan is considered by many to be in a make-or-break season, he insists that he has "100 percent support'' from Idzik to owner Woody Johnson and the rest of the organization.
"Our thought process is so similar, John and I, that we are side by side on almost (everything),'' Ryan said. "It's so smooth. ... You guys are trying to make this a situation that doesn't exist.''
For the quarterbacks themselves, this has been a pretty even camp, which should make for an interesting few weeks if it keeps up. Both Smith and Sanchez were solid in the practice Sunday, which resumed 5 hours after it was suspended because of severe weather.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Smith was "outstanding'' in retaining what he learned in the offseason and carrying over into the early part of training camp.
"I can tell you one thing: Marty's telling the truth,'' a confident Smith said. "You know, I study it, I work hard at it. This is my job, this is what I love to do and that's just it. I'm always going to be the same person, always going to be the same hard working quarterback I've always been and that's carried me so far and it's going to continue to carry me.''
Meanwhile, Sanchez is looking to keep his starting job as he enters his fifth NFL season. He enjoyed early success by helping lead the Jets to consecutive AFC title games his first two years, but has struggled mightily since.
Running back Joe McKnight, a former college teammate at Southern California, thinks Sanchez is ready to play "mad'' this season.
"He knows how I am and how competitive I am,'' Sanchez said. "We've been around each other for a long time and I want to come in here, win the job, play well for the team and be a part of the team that brings this franchise back.''
In other words, neither Sanchez nor McKnight want to leave any doubt that they are the right guy for the job when the regular season begins.
"Every position, and certainly the quarterback, will be evaluated every day, every play, every practice,'' Mornhinweg said. "Normally is what happens is one man significantly removes himself from the other fellows. So, when that happens, there'll be a time where we'll make that call. The tougher one is when it's very, very close and so we'll be ready for that and then you go on some gut instincts there.''