Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms (5) and quarterback Geno Smith (7) together on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Smith was benched for Simms for the second half. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Quarterbacks don’t have a chance


A lot of talk is going around the Jets circles as to the current quarterback situation of New York’s AFC representative, but is the quarterback really the issue. For the past three weeks the Jets offense has sunk to new levels of ineptitude and disappointment, becoming difficult to even watch. While everyone is placing the blame on the quarterback the real issues are much deeper, and there is no easy solution to what ails this struggling offense. The issue here is two-fold and has been there for quite some time, slowly has been getting worse.

The poor play of the offensive line should be addressed first as consistent play from this unit is essential to any team that wants to move the ball forward. Nick Mangold and D’Brickshaw Ferguson are having down years to say the least, and the rest of the unit is even worse. The offensive line allowed 4 sacks against Jets quarterbacks in the loss to Miami, but this number doesn’t even begin to describe how atrociously this unit has played these past weeks. Though they have had their good games, bad performances are now starting to be norm. This is likely not an issue the Jets can find an answer for this season.

The next big issue is the lack of talent at the wide receiver and tight end positions. Holmes and Kerley are the best two receivers on this Jets squad and they both have missed playing and practice time this season, hurting the process of any quarterback developing a chemistry with them. The rest of the squad is made up of guys who weren’t on anyones roster at the beginning of the season. The lack of talent becomes clearly evident on film as it is hard to ever find a Jets receiver open, whether it be against press or zone coverage. Furthermore there are too many dropped passed on the few times guys actually do get open.

Without the personnel needed to keep a quarterback upright, or give him a reliable target to throw too it is hard to imagine anyone being successful at that position. Although Geno does deserve a fair share of blame for the offenses struggles, it is hard to get a read on his ability to be a quarterback in this league under the current circumstances. Simply put the

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  • Paul Newbold

    Truth! Geno has had little help on the offensive side of the football. Poor offensive line, under talented receivers, barely effective tight end play, and little help from the run game. As you pointed out, nobody can truly evaluate a QB under these conditions. Let the kid play, take his lumps, and then take care of business in next year’s draft and free agency. This year was a rebuilding year, and with some early wins, Jet fans seemed to have forgotten that. Be patient, I know as a Jet fan that is often hard to do with all we have been through, but patience is the only way to develop a quarterback.