New York Jets Dead Wrong with Quarterback Position Yet Again

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Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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

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?

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  • Paul Newbold

    I don’t often agree with Rex, but on this one I do. Geno Smith is your starter. A little over a month ago the sports pages were full of Geno’s talent, his upside, and how he managed to get us to the half way point in winning fashion. Now he slumps and plays poorly and the media is calling him a bust!! He’s a rookie, he wasn’t expected to start this season, and if it were not for the injury to Sanchez, he might have started the season on the bench. Now all the playoff and super bowl rants have gone and the kid is a bum!
    Simms may be a good quarterback, he may even be a viable backup, but is he an NFL caliber starter? I highly doubt it, as I can’t recall any quarterback taken as an undrafted free agent ever becoming a regular starter in this league. This is about the future, the Jets need to know if they are drafting a starter or a back up next season. Sanchez and Gerrard are gone at season’s end, leaving Smith and Simms. Surely they can’t go into next season with that line up! So let the kid play, open up the play book, hands off!! To do anything else at this point, is to give up on Smith, and that is still very premature!

    • Alan Schechter

      Fair enough Paul. I just don’t think that benching him is giving up. We can go back to him. Fair points though sir, as always.

    • DepressedFan

      I guess you never heard of Kurt Warner then did you?
      He seemed to turn out pretty good.
      Has a ring to prove it too.
      But let’s not cloud the issue with facts here….

      • Paul Newbold

        I forgot Warner was undrafted, Thanks for the reminder. That’s one in how many though? Odds aren’t good Simms becomes your starter long term.