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 Matt Simms (5) drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Second, let’s talk about this anti-Matt Simms stuff. “He can’t be the guy.” Why not? Because nobody that was undrafted can be any good? Wayne Chrebet and Marques Colston would disagree, I think. There is nothing in Simms’ play to indicate he doesn’t have a good arm, and good football instincts. He certainly has the pedigree for it. Would it be a shock for a child of Phil Simms’ to be talented?

And stop telling me that he isn’t any good, based on his 9-18 performance on Sunday against Miami please. Come on. We all know and understand that the second string quarterback gets zero reps in practice. There are no decent weapons on the field to start with, and Matt didn’t get to practice with them. How was he supposed to do well? His performance on Sunday means nothing. If you really want to know how Matt Simms would perform, give him an entire week of practice with the game plan, and then you will find out.

Sitting down Geno Smith would do two positive things. It would give Geno Smith a break, get him out of the line of fire. It would stop the bleeding, and give him a chance to catch up with things. He could break the string of poor play, get a new perspective, and use that perspective to improve when he gets back out on the field. It would be a learning experience to make him a better quarterback.

Secondly, it would give the Jets the opportunity to see what they have in Matt Simms. Despite what everyone says, he MIGHT be a good quarterback, and this would be the opportunity to find out. They could do it now, when the games virtually mean nothing, and it wouldn’t ruin Geno Smith.

But the Jets can’t figure that out. Why? Because in their infinite wisdom, they can’t develop a quarterback, and it has been a long time since they could.

Not that it will matter if Marty doesn’t open up the playbook anyway.

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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.