Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets to Install Read-Option for Geno Smith?


Is this what they call a case of Deja-Vu? It just might be.

Reports came out during minicamp, including reports from our mainstream beat reporters, that the Jets were working on a “Read-Option” package to feature rookie QB Geno Smith. I have but one question in response, and gets to the depth of the matter, and the real heart of last year’s realization.

That point? It is that installing a two quarterback system because it changes the focus of the offense too much.

First of all, there is the question of communication. Once talking is off the table, it comes down to had judgements. Without strong verbal communications, come down to gestures that are obviously not going to be as effective.

When you are switching from one basic core to another, that amounts to a lot of extra talk that has to take place during that 45 second clock, and how often have coaches been slow with the next play.

This is a lot of work for an offense in general. Changing midstream affects the rhythm of the offense, for both quarterbacks. The starter can’t get into a rhythm if he completes a huge pass and then comes out. The starter can’t get going, and the backup can’t get off the deck either, even if the crowd loves him.

Like it or not, momentum is an issue. Quarterbacks need the opportunity to get into a rhythm, in order for an offense to click on all cylinders. How do you get that going? YOU USE ONE QUARTERBACK. There is an old football saying that says, “When you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks”. I firmly believe this to be the case, and to HAVE BEEN the case since the beginning of football times.

And go through the times where this has been attempted. Has a two-quarterback system won a title in the NFL, ever? You had Tebow with Denver, that didn’t work. I know, his fans will say it did, but the obvious retort is, “If it worked so well, Why did they let him go?” Why? Because John Elway knows football, and knew that even in the throws of its greatest success, running the “Wildcat” will never work as well as traditional quarterbacking.

Even Kaepernick didn’t start the domination until he was the full-time starter for his team. It was tried in Dallas with Craig Morton. Guess what? Highly uncussessful once again.

My point, to bring it back to the headline, is please don’t force the read-option on Geno Smith. We don’t know how he will run it, and we have seen the core of the team run it.

And don’t yell at me, I still feel this way with or without Tim Tebow.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    damn you alan!!!! just kidding. i know our read option failed – i want to say spectacularly, but our offense didn’t do anything spectacularly – last year, but let’s be real, sparano was clueless. he was the coaching equivalent of woodhead johnson trying to match clothing. i also understand the pratfalls of swapping qbs in and out. how about this: the game starts and everything is going fine into the second quarter. say we’re up 7-3 on a td set up by our defense, we’ve had two drives of maybe six plays each but nothing spectacular or overly productive. it’s probably time for mark to throw a pick, well maybe overdue at that point. ok, so they go back out and mark throw his pick. the defense holds the opponent to a three and out. now when the o goes back on the field geno goes out and runs the read option on first down, second is maybe a pass out of the shotgun, more read option plays and shotguns and maybe a few conventional snaps until the drive ends. it gives the coaches a chance to see what geno can do. it gives mark a chance to think about what happens when he fails, once again, to protect the ball, it doesn’t break offensive rhythmn ’cause mark already did that and it gives the coaches and players time to get ready without wasting a timeout or putting too many or too few players on the field. hopefully it would be done in a covert manner, like geno doesn’t put his helmet on until he starts to run onto the field and mark could just eat a hotdog or something and act like he’s still in the game. i’m not saying it’s necessarily the best idea, i’m just saying if it’s done with a bit of foresight it wouldn’t necessarily be the nfl version of the hindenburg disaster like we had last year. it might even be productive and if it’s not then it can be discontinued. damn sparano was a waste. where’d he go? oakland? gee, doesn’t that figure? and we’re the circus, worst team in the league? yay espn. yay mike florio and steve serby. truth, justice and the american way!

    • TheJetPress

      Not impossible. The program could work, in the right hands. I will believe it when I see it, though. I don’t buy into it. I hope I can be wrong.

    • Bennny K

      Hey Don,

      Or we could just give Mark all the hotdogs he can eat and let Geno be the QB..

  • Dustin Schrank

    I know where your coming from with the tebowcat but that was sparano and tebows fault, because as far as the wild cat goes I’ll just say two words Brad Smith.

    • TheJetPress

      I’ll see your two words, and raise ya “Miss him”