Addressing the New York Jets/Geno Smith Conspiracy Theories

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Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) limps off the field after injuring his ankle in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


I have heard this through the Jets’ fan grapevine, about the reps being unequal.  Well, let me give you some numbers here: 20-14.  What are those numbers?  The 20 is the number of snaps Sanchez took, including penalties.  The 14 is the number that GENO SMITH took!

Six whole snaps.  What a huge difference!  Clearly, the Jets are keeping the new guy down.  He was behind by six snaps.  Oh wait a minute. ….I forgot, GENO SMITH SPRAINED HIS ANKLE AND LEFT THE FOOTBALL GAME!  Did everyone else forget about this too?

Let’s think about this.  Might Geno, had he not gotten hurt, you think, TAKEN SIX MORE SNAPS?  Come on, now of course he would have.  If he hadn’t sprained his ankle, this wouldn’t have even been a debate.  But, I guess the conspiracy theorists feel that Rex Ryan, I don’t know, talked to God, and arranged for Geno to sprain his ankle at that moment.  Or maybe he was OK, but on orders not to let him back in the game?

See why I am getting worried about some of you?

Don’t forget, as I talked about in the evaluation piece, there were plays that were slated for Geno to make a throw, but he didn’t get rid of the ball in time.  A couple of more throws, then all of a sudden, the discrepancy in passes thrown is not as great.


This one is particularly nutty, ladies and gentlemen.  But, I saw this as part of a major debate, so here we go.

People went crazy about the fact that Rex didn’t name a starter for the game against Jacksonville on Saturday night.  Nuts!  Apparently, this was part of the problem.

Say what?  Folks, despite the fact that we think we have a stake in the team, we don’t.  THE JETS DO NOT OWE US THE STARTER BEING NAMED ON TUESDAY, FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT GAME IN THE PRESEASON!  We think that they do, but they don’t.  Rex has EVERY RIGHT to take as long as he chooses to name a starter.  He’s the coach.  We watch the games.  Get it straight.

People were also upset about why Rex said they hadn’t named a starter yet.  He said that they wanted to let the week play out.  The theory was, it’s a conspiracy because Rex didn’t SAY that they want to make sure Geno is healthy.

Come on.  Because he didn’t SAY it?  First of all, he doesn’t have to.  He is not required to give you the answer you want to hear.  Since when has any coach ever given all of the info to the public?  Let me help you, NEVER.  It will happen when pigs fly, and I am not talking about the GEICO commercial.

Secondly, you all have brains.  It’s obvious that they want to make sure that Geno is healthy before naming him the starter.  Use your own judgement, how about that?  Stop getting bogged down about what words are used.  You are worrying over NOTHING.

What is the bottom line?  Stop with the conspiracy theories.  The Jets will give us enough reasons to be annoyed.  We don’t have to make up stories.  Isn’t that this guy’s job?

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  • Gavin Buck, London (UK)

    Good rant Alan, much needed.

    Some of the hysteria in Jets world is seriously beginning to hack me off!!

    On some other sites, in addition to conspiracy theories about Geno vs. Sanchez, there are many who I believe might actually support the Bucs Week 1 if Sanchez is named starter. There is no talking reason to them and I have got to the point of giving up. I think what you say makes total, but I fear you maybe banging your head against a wall with some of these guys.

    Thanks for your measured reason, your stuff is always a good, insightful read.


    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Gavin. It’s so frustrating that I had to address it, but I am definitely banging my head against the wall with some.

  • Paul Newbold

    I blame the NY sports writers. I read them for a laugh. They are always making up stories, where there is none and come up with these crazy conspiracies!! Some of the trash put out there is unbelievable!! The comment sections run wild with these and before you know it, you have yourself a split fan base and a quarter back controversy! You are absolutely right Alan to believe this garbage is just crazy!! This is a quarterback “competition”, not a quarterback “controversy”. There is a big difference! Let the best man win!! Marty promises to be a good addition to the Jets offensive staff. Just my opinion, but I think Idzik and Ryan should let him choose the starter. He has more experience with QB’s and offense then either of them, so I say trust the decision of the “expert” and move on!! Jet fans need to get on the same page and support whomever is named the starter! The last thing this organization needs is another quarterback controversy splashed across the back pages of certain NY papers!!!

    • TheJetPress

      Exactly Paul. And a split fan base is what we don’t need. Tebow did a nice job of splitting everyone last year. It’s time to stop the fighting, the conspiracies, and support who the football experts, ie the coaching staff, decide to play

  • matr dontelli iii

    i cautiously read costello daily and cimini maybe twice a week. espn radio and tv are simply off limits, same with the daily news. sometimes i follow a link to a jet story on a site other than the three main blogs i read, this one, tjb and toj, and when i do i avoid the comments because they attract idiots like bugs to a light. i avoid the other fansided sites. there is simply a shortage of fair media to read or listen to and the common fan doesn’t know where to find fair, honest reporting. the average sports fan is so misinformed and so full of juvenile thoughts that it is extremely difficult to hold an intelligent sports conversation. i’m about ready to print out a little questionnaire to hand out before engaging in sports talk. ‘could you answer these ten questions for me please, before we start?’ then i’ll know what i’m getting myself involved in. there’s nothing quite like thinking you’re about to engage in an intelligent conversation and then someone quotes wfan’s fathead mike. kinda like eating crackers in bed.

    • TheJetPress

      I can’t blame you Matr…always glad that you stick with us.

  • matr dontelli iii

    i’d give anything to know how long mannish spent plucking his eyebrows for that picture

    • TheJetPress


  • Dustin Schrank

    Wow its funny, I didn’t hear any of this before this article, but I did keep thinking man its crazy how Rex always defends marks poor play and says theres more to it than just the throw, but as soon as he gets a chance to throw geno under the bus he did, he repeated it several times how “it was brutal out there” “it was his worst practice” “alls you can say is it was a bad day” but when mark threw ints early on in cortland Rex defended him saying “look mark can play in this league, we’ve seen it before” I don’t know about a conspiracy but I know rex is infatuated with Mark and Idzik wants a fair competition, Rex will try his best to get Mark out there but I think it will be a fair competition because I dont think Idzik will take Rex crap. If you watch the rex interviews you would almost have to be blind to not see that he wants Mark to win, now you have to watch them all from the start of training camp and you will get a feel of how he minimizes sanchez mistake but maximizes genos, Example, he says how geno should always have two hands on the ball, mark does this all the time watch when he ran with the ball in preseason had it way away from his body extended until he got accross the line of scrimage then he tucked it in, Rex has never publicly said anything about the way mark holds it. I dont think Rex can speak poorly about mark without giving him a compliment immediately after.

    • TheJetPress

      Not unfair Dustin, I do agree that he has an extreme loyalty to Mark. I just don’t think there is some great conspiracy to keep Geno down.