"Well, I mean, that's brutal," Ryan said. "If we had to play, there would be major concerns. ... But, again, obviously you're going to look a lot different when your top four guys are out there than you would right now."
Despite all that, Sanchez insists he just has to work with "the guys nobody has heard of" who are there on the field, and he has seen some promising things from the group. Sanchez also reiterated that he's having his best offseason as a pro, feeling more comfortable each day in Mornhinweg's system.
"I feel like this is the kind of coordinator and system that puts you in a good spot," Sanchez said.
One of the biggest talking points this spring has been cutting down on the turnovers, something that has plagued Sanchez the last two seasons with 52 during that span.
Mornhinweg has urged Sanchez to throw the ball away when he's in trouble, which seems to be a simple concept, but one that the quarterback is still learning. He did it a few times Wednesday as the defense clearly had the better day in practice.
"That is encouraging to me," Ryan said. "An incompletion is not the worst thing that can happen to you, as you know."
Meanwhile, Smith has impressed Ryan with his arm strength - "he can throw it with anybody" - and his ability to digest the playbook at such an early point in the offseason.
"Sometimes, you want to see when a young man comes in, is it too big for him?" Ryan said. "I don't think it's too big for him."
Smith has continued to say the right things in his first few weeks in the NFL, repeating that he has lots of work to do and that he and Sanchez are getting along great.
So, will he win the starting job?
"We'll see," he said with a big smile.
He's also not concerned about whether he'll have enough time to establish himself as the starter by Week 1.
"There's no timeline on that," Smith said. "It's just about maximizing the reps I have out here on the practice field. Whether or not I will be ready or not totally depends on that day and we're far from that. I can't even set my mind on it. I'm just focused on what I have here now."