Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) warms up before a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' Fans: Keep the Expectations Realistic Regarding Geno Smith

Well, as we approach Wednesday, when we will finally learn specifics on injuries, it is looking more and more like Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback. It’s ironic in a way, they say in sports that you aren’t supposed to lose your job due to an injury. This time, Mark Sanchez may be losing his job thanks to a situation set up by the head coach.

Unless from out in left field we hear that Matt Simms is going to start, it will be Geno. Some are speculating that Mark may even end up on the PUP list. The majority of the fan base is getting what it wants, Mark out of the lineup. That’s fine. I have no problem getting behind whomever is named the starting quarterback of the New York Jets. If the team thinks he is my guy, he has my support.

I just want to remind everybody, before we send Geno Smith off to Canton, OH, before we anoint him the next Dan Marino, let’s keep our expectations realistic. He may play well enough to keep himself on the field. He will have to drop the ball pretty badly to be returned to the bench in favor of Mark. However, remember folks, the odds are pretty good that………

It will get worse before it gets better. It’s just the nature of the beast.

Geno is getting this job by default, first and foremost. Anyone who watched the game against the Giants knows that he is not ready. He threw 3 interceptions that night, and two of them were on him. They were bad. Don’t get me wrong, Geno Smith showed flashes of the quarterback he may become, but he is not ready to lead an NFL team. Not yet. If Mark hadn’t gotten hurt, we would not even be having this discussion. Mark would be the QB once again.

Combine that with the early season schedule, and it doesn’t set him up well. I mean, I would love to be wrong about this. Geno Smith coming into the league on a hot streak would make nobody happier than it would me. All I want is success for the Jets, no matter who helps us get there. That being said, does anyone really expect starting the season with Tampa, and the Patriots four days later, is going to be a rousing success for a rookie QB?

Bill Belichick is licking his chops, dreaming of what he can draw up to confuse the heck out of a rookie quarterback. The odds of it being pretty just aren’t good. The Jets also have the Steelers, the Falcons, and the Saints, all prior to the bye week. It’s not a schedule that lends itself to beginner’s luck for a quarterback.

It seems that Geno Smith will be taking the reigns as starting quarterback. Most Jets fans are rejoicing. All I say can is keep your expectations realistic. It will likely get worse before it gets better.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Hey the Pats cut Tebow! Brady Quinn anyone? The Jets need a QB! They’ll ruin Smith if they start him now! Good grief its hard being a Jet fan some days! only joking on Tebow…no need to throw stones!! LOl

    • Alan Schechter

      You best to be kidding on Tebow..don’t make me ban you! Hahaha, just kidding, I wouldn’t ban you. It is hard being a Jets fan some days, you are right.

    • Frank Antonelli

      You are going all out to win the Mr. Optimist award!

  • Bennny K

    IDK, I think with Smith getting 100% of the snaps and MM coaching him along it might be better than we think. Geno has more tools, more experience and better coaching. I also think this years team will be fairly strong on the D side and help the cause. If Geno can limit his turnovers we might surprise some people. Heck, we might even be able to call some screens without giving up pick sixes.

    • Alan Schechter

      I love your optimism, and hope you are right Benny.

  • Frank Antonelli

    This definitely reminds me of 2009. Very low expectations but fantastic results. Let’s hope history repeats itself with a new rookie starting QB and a number one ranked defense.

    • Alan Schechter

      That certainly would work for me Frank

  • matr dontelli iii

    I’m with Bennny and Frannnk. The expectations were low in ’09 but not as low as this year, at least on the national level. In ’09 we had Schotty running the O with a rookie with one year’s experience in college. This year we got Marty (ironically Schotty’s dad’s name) with a QB with considerably more college experience. It’s arguable which team had better offensive weapons as we don’t know what Ivory will put up. We don’t know about Holmes hoof or Winslow’s knee. I think spadola is gonna be rock solid as a rookie. Kerley should be at least as good as last year and when you consider everything he should be better. Hill seems to be improving as is Cumberland. The defense looks solid and deep. Everyone is doubting the safeties while forgetting what we had in ’09. After the season we cut one, traded another and benched the one for a playoff game! Once coples comes back (and even with him out as well) the line should be making things rough for opposing offenses. Remember that in markie’s rookie year most of our losses were games that he simply gave away. also think about how our defense responded after all of geno’s turnovers against the giants. When you consider the pluses and minuses there’s really no reason to believe this team can’t duplicate the success of the ’09 team, which doesn’t make it probable but certainly makes it possible.