Addressing the New York Jets/Geno Smith Conspiracy Theories

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Jul 28, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (left) and Geno Smith (right) prepare to take snaps from under center during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Frankly, I am surprised that we have to talk about this, ladies and gentlemen. However, this became such a big topic yesterday, I need to address this.

First of all, I love each and every one of you.  We all love our New York Jets, and our mission is to see our team win a Super Bowl.  Therefore, I love and respect each and every one of you in Jets Nation.  That being said, some of you were making me very worried yesterday.  Why?

I actually had many members of our fan base talking about a conspiracy to KEEP GENO FROM STARTING.  People were talking about the last game, and comments made by the coaching staff that they are deliberately holding Geno back, so they can justify starting Mark Sanchez for another year.

Well, I need to tell you all something, and it’s very important.  Listen closely.  THAT’S CRAZY!!  THERE IS NO WAY IN THE WORLD THAT IS TRUE.

Let’s talk about this for a few minutes:


First, a lot of people were bent out of shape by comments made by Marty, saying that he needed to see some different situations before he could give an accurate evaluation of Geno Smith.  This was part of this mass conspiracy to keep Geno from the field.  Please!  Let’s look at a full Marty quote about how Geno performed:

Well, the last ball game, a couple of those were me. I was trying to do a couple of things. For instance, Tommy (Bohanon played) quite a little bit. I wanted to see just exactly where he’s at. I wanted to get Kellen (Winslow) at least one ball early. I wanted to get Stephen (Hill a) certain thing. I wanted to get, on and on and on, wanted to see each guard pull one way, so these type of things. In doing that, and that was my responsibility, there was one series where I didn’t just let Geno play. We were trying to get a couple things accomplished that way. It was not much of an evaluation on Geno. You were able to see him drop back to throw the ball a couple times, certainly, but we had seen that in practice. Then he got nicked with the ankle and then (we went) quite conservative I think. I know it was the right thing to do and then we go with Greg (McElroy), so there wasn’t much evaluation there. Now, he handled the huddle well, all those things. Probably looking back on it, it was probably a pretty good first experience. He got in, he completed a few balls and now he’s got to push through this thing.

So basically, Marty Mornhinweg admitted that some of the problems were HIS FAULT.  That would mean that under the conspiracy theory, Marty deliberately screws the playcalling for Geno, and then admits it to the press?  Does that even make sense.

Earth calling, this was Geno Smith’s first professional football game.  Any coordinator worth his weight is not going to call the same plays for a five year veteran as he is for a rookie playing his first game.  You are going to be more conservative, to let the new QB get his feet under him.

It would be more of a conspiracy if Marty threw Geno to the wolves, calling wild plays.  You want to set your players up for success.  The fact that Mark opened it up a bit more than Geno did, means NOTHING.  Can we all calm down….please?

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