Well, at least we can say that the Jets are consistent, that’s for sure.
Despite Geno Smith’s continued poor play, and second half benching this past week against the Dolphins, the Jets announced yesterday that Geno Smith will remain the starting quarterback, starting Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Head coach Rex Ryan announced that this was an “organizational decision”, he has been impressed by Geno’s perseverance and is looking forward to Smith breaking out and having a big game.
The theory is let him play through it, and let’s see what we have in the guy. They need to commit to Geno for the rest of the season, and make a decision about him after the season is over. He gives them the best chance to win now, and as Rex puts it “Geno has a chance to be a good one”.
Sorry, the logic is flawed in this case. Bad idea. Not that I am surprised, as the Jets don’t exactly have a history of grooming quarterbacks appropriately. But here? It’s a bad move, and might ruin the kid, talking about Geno Smith.
First, let’s talk about the idea of leaving the quarterback in to take his lumps. “He needs to learn by playing”, everyone says. That’s true to a point. If the player is showing signs of improvement, at any level, go ahead and leave him in there. But is that what is happening with Geno right now? NO! He is not improving at all, and you can argue that he is getting worse.
Geno Smith has not completed 10 passes or more in a game since the October 27th game against Cincinnati. Since that game, his passing line has been as follows: 8-19, 8-23, 9-22, and 4-10. When was the last time that Geno threw a touchdown pass? WEEK SEVEN! WE ARE IN WEEK FOURTEEN FOLKS! Are these the stats of a guy that is getting better? I don’t think so.
Continuing to allow the rookie to play, even though he is getting worse, is not going to improve his game. Use the “eye” test. His accuracy has gotten worse every week. Staying in there has the potential to keep ruining his confidence, because we know it is dwindling. Despite what he says, there is no way that his confidence is at the same level. Getting continuously beaten up the way he is could ruin his confidence before his career ever gets out of the gate.
Sometimes, watching from the bench can give you a perspective that you don’t get from being on the field. It is not the end. Heck, John Elway got benched, I think his career turned out OK. How about you?