Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6), New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Toy With Idea Of Geno Smith as Change of Pace QB???

There are times in life when deja vu is a good thing. At times, a reoccurrence from the past can be a good thing.

This is not one of those times.

We know there is a quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez. Conventional wisdom would tell us that one of these quarterbacks will earn the starting job, and the other will be the backup, and that’s it. The Jets, however, aren’t famous for the use of “conventional” wisdom.

According to beat reporter Rich Cimini, the Jets are toying with the idea of using Geno Smith, if he doesn’t earn the starting job, as a change of pace quarterback. They would be thinking about a similar use to what they were hoping for with Tim Tebow.

What do I think? In how many languages can I say that this is a terrible idea? Not enough.

We can only hope that the Jets are simply toying with this idea, because it’s a bad idea on far too many levels. First of all, it’s a bad idea from the Jets’ perspective. Let’s think about last season, for example. Even though he wasn’t what they expected, they tried this with Tim Tebow. HOW DID THAT WORK OUT? The change of pace QB was terrible, and Mark Sanchez was out of sync for an entire season.

So here’s a great idea, let’s try it again! One year later, maybe we can make it work better. They have a term for this, it’s called “Jets logic”. We call it stupid. Same thing.

We had this discussion before, in relation to my favorite backup quarterback, who can remain nameless. The talk about having two quarterbacks that play at the same time. Look around the league. Do you see it happen anywhere? No. Nobody does this, and nobody will do this. Why? Because it doesn’t work. Dallas tried it in the 1970′s and it nearly ruined both of their quarterbacks. Even the 49ers, who had brief success with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick, chose one over the other.

Even a team with success doing it, knew that it wouldn’t continue.

Here’s an idea. If Geno Smith isn’t ready to start yet, how about letting him sit and learn the game? Let him learn how to play quarterback in the NFL. Crazy, huh? I guess so.

By the way, does anybody think that this is a good idea for Geno Smith? Was he a runner in college. Well, per an article on Yahoo! yesterday, Smith ran the ball 245 times for 342 yards, a whopping 1.4 yards per carry.  Does that sound like the stats of a prototypical read-option quarterback.  NO!!!!!!!

Dear Jets, whoever is “toying” with this idea, please wake up.  Wake up, and then apologize for the thought, PROFUSELY!  Apologize before you screw up another quarterback.  PLEASE!

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  • Angel

    Wow, great article.

    • TheJetPress

      thank you

  • matr dontelli iii

    for those who are mathematically challenged or have difficulty visualizing 1.4 yards, 1.4 yards is roughly equal to one yard, one foot and two and a quarter inches. in other words if you fell forward from the line of scrimmage and held the ball at your waist you would gain more yardage than geno averaged. in other, other words if you fell forward and held the ball extended over your head you would pretty much double geno’s average rush. in other, other, other words it would take nine plays on average for geno to record a first down. the one good thing about all this is that from what i read the whole idea is something that the jets don’t really appear to be considering. i read this was a series of questions brought up in an interview session and the answers were twisted to fit the writer’s story. can you imagine the media doing that?!? my gosh!

    • Paul Newbold

      OMG Not Rich Cimini!! :)

    • TheJetPress

      I hope we are right about this.

      • matr dontelli iii

        my optimism comes from my belief that rex knows he’s fortunate to have survived the great purge of 2013. i trust he has thought long and hard about the mistakes he’s made over the last couple years: bad oc, tebow debacle, no backup qb, too much faith in players not getting the job done etc. and knows he must change his ways or his employer will change. i believe that’s why he’s immersed himself in the defense and i hope he’s keeping his hands off the offense. marty should do fine on his own. if i’m wrong then woodhead will have to go out and hire another rookie head coach, a new coaching staff, purge the roster again, start all over and we will at that point become the mets or the knicks of the nfl, a team with one of the worst owners in the sport, a man who is truly the team’s greatest enemy. a rudderless ship ship with no obvious destination nor an origin. the new coach will find himself with a bunch of pieces he has little use for and the wonder boy gm will later come to realize that the guy he let go was a master at coaxing overachievement out of his players. haters can say what they want but who expected to see rex and mark in the championship game a few years ago? that was overachievement. who expected the jets to beat the patriots six weeks after losing 45-3? does he have a big mouth? sure does. and he does a pretty good job of backing it up. has he brought us to the top of the mountain? not yet, but we’ve been pretty close a couple times. what other coach has come here and done that? parcells didn’t even do that before re-turning us into a laughing stock with the belichek nonsense. yeah, let’s fire the bum, he’s a clown. let’s become the cardinals.

        • TheJetPress

          Classic Matr. I love it….I totally agree, I try to stay optimistic as well….we shall see what happens soon enough.

  • Paul Newbold

    HEADLINES!!! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! “RICH CIMINI SAYS……” LOL Boy, these are slow news days! I agree 100%….. TOTALLY ridiculous idea!! Marty alone is smarter than that sort of gimmick I think. If Rex wants any part of winning public support back and keeping his job…he’ll squash this ‘tabloid’ story in the bud! That is not what I think they mean when they say “fantasy football” :)

    • TheJetPress

      God I hope not