For the New York Jets this upcoming season, there is a huge possibility that a familiar face will be under center to lead the charge. Can quarterback Geno Smith do the unthinkable in 2016?
It wouldn’t be a real offseason for the New York Jets if there wasn’t any discussion on their quarterback situation. At this point in time, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is still debating whether to return or not for 2016 as on the roster, the Jets currently have Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg as their three quarterbacks.
There is a strong possibility that Fitzpatrick won’t be returning to the Jets. In such a scenario, it would make logical sense for the Jets to turn to Smith to lead the charge on offense heading into the regular season.
Before Smith had that unfortunate locker room altercation last summer, he was actually beating Fitzpatrick for the starting job at quarterback. His accuracy was on point as he was showing off his arm strength and ability to finally live up to his potential.
Of course everything changed faster than a New York minute when he was punched in the jaw, missing several weeks into the regular season and proved that his immaturity in allowing such a situation to escalate showed his lack of overall leadership.
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If there is anything in life to believe in, is that time heals everything.
Smith was given a year off in 2015 and saw very limited playing time.
He had an opportunity to just sit back, learn the game from the sideline and just look at things in perspective.
There is no doubt that he learned a lot last season, not just on the field but off it.
If Smith learned a thing or two from the incredible season Fitzpatrick had and the new coaching regime, he will undoubtedly be able to once again earn his starting job again this summer.
Can Smith do the unthinkable and finally lead this team to the NFL Playoffs? He’s younger, has a lot to prove and is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He has a much better supporting cast from his offensive linemen, rushing attack, wide receiver corps and a defense that can be flat out scary this upcoming season.
Smith has the skill-set but was just dealt a bad card in the past from a terrible supporting cast around him and an even worse leadership regime above him. Now, with the kind of talent the Jets have on offense plus an offensive coordinator and head coach that can develop his talents to the next level, Smith can finally be in a situation to succeed.
In short, the answer is yes, if Smith is the next starting quarterback of the Jets, he has everything needed to thrive. If he doesn’t, well, this will be the final shot he has to prove his critics wrong. But if he does deliver beyond everyone’s expectations, Smith could turn out to be one of the most incredible turnaround stories in all of professional football.