The New York Jets are the talk of the football world but for all the wrong reasons. In what can only be described as one of the most bizarre reasons why a player got injured, quarterback Geno Smith was punched in the jaw by a fellow teammate that will result in him missing about 6-10 weeks of football action. The Jets are now scrambling to find another quarterback to have another backup in place just in case something happens to Ryan Fitzpatrick who at this moment is the likely candidate to become the starting option under center.
Offensive lineman Willie Colon has always been one to speak his mind as thanks to the Media Relations Department of the Jets, we here at The Jet Press were able to get a full transcript of his comments on the subject. Here it is in its entirety:
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On the details of the altercation between Ikemefuna Enemkpali and Geno Smith…
I think at the end of the day, details aren’t really necessary. I think today, as an organization, as a team, we may have taken a step back. We lost our starting quarterback. Since I’ve known IK (Enemkpali), all he’s done is come to work and try to become a guy for this organization. He’s always played his tail off. So details at this point are here and there. Our quarterback is sitting at home with a broken jaw, we have an outside linebacker that isn’t with us anymore. It’s a loss. So, the details are unnecessary.
On how this affects the team…
All good teams have adversity. Right now, we have the Detroit Lions and that’s where our focus is at. We’re not trying to create a culture like that. If you have an issue with another man, you talk about it, you don’t put your hands on anybody. We’re all professionals and we all have to be able to control our temper and whatever the situation is, like I said, I don’t know the details personally of the situation, but right now we have to be men about it. We have to be professionals. This is where we work, this is where we make our money and if you don’t respect the place as such, it becomes cancerous. That’s what we can’t have. Especially us veteran guys and all the way around the board.
On his confidence level with Ryan Fitzpatrick…
One hundred percent. He’s a veteran guy, I’ve seen him play (and) know what he’s capable of. We believe in him, we trust in him. That’s where our head is at.
August 11, 2015; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during training camp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
On mentioning he has seen something like this before…
I’ve heard of it. I’ve seen it. Things like this can become a cancer, whether the locker room becomes divided or people think this is the way you handle certain situations and it’s up to the veteran guys, like myself, and the coaching staff to let it be known that this is not how you handle situations. I think Coach Bowles did an honorable thing and handled it the best way he could. He let the example be known, hey, if you put your hand on another man, you’re going to be out of here.