Geno Smith: Can he rebound for New York Jets in 2015?


Quarterback Geno Smith must certainly be at a crossroads heading into next season with the New York Jets. Entering his third season with the team, his journey so far has had a lot of bumps, controversy and fans calling for his complete removal of the team. Regardless, Smith is now heading into training camps as the appointed starter and must do everything in his power to keep his position. He needs to prove to all his critics that he can indeed be the franchise quarterback the Jets need to succeed next season and beyond but can he rebound in 2015 after an abysmal season last year?

In 2014, Smith contributed 2,525 yards on 219 completions for 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Combining that with eight forced fumbles, Smith unfortunately committed 21 turnovers that was definitely a big reason why the Jets ended their season at 4-12 due to his inconsistency at the position.

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It’s no secret that with a new regime in head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan that Smith must prove his worth to not only them but his team. Smith does indeed have a knack for putting in a tremendous amount of preparation during the offseason so there is hope he’ll come back ready to finally shine.

Usually after three seasons in the NFL, one can easily determine if a player will make it or end up being a memory. Hopefully in Smith’s case, he’s finally able to grasp everything and play to the best of his ability as the odds are definitely in his favor to succeed.

With a new supporting cast of better talent around him combined with a new offensive coordinator in Chan Gailey, there is no reason to believe why Smith can’t really push the envelope for the Jets next season. Gailey has a tendency to get the most out of his players by playing to their strengths and bringing a balanced attack on offense. Smith should be able to thrive in his offensive system.

Overall, Smith should be able to rebound nicely since this is very similar to getting a fresh restart considering all the new leadership, coaches and players around him. This is the perfect time for Smith to emerge as a true franchise quarterback ready to take the Jets back into the NFL Playoffs with confidence and execution.

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