The New York Jets have decided to cheap out at the quarterback position, which means Geno Smith will most likely be the their starting quarterback in turn, ending the season before it even begins.
The New York Jets are looking to build off of a 2015 season that resulted in ten victories, which was only the third time in the last 10 seasons the Jets had finished the regular season with at least ten wins. Unfortunately, the ten wins was not enough for the Jets to qualify for the NFL Playoffs.
Whether the Jets management, coaching staff or their fans want to admit it or not, the play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, whom had a career season throwing for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns, was the primary reason for the success the Jets had in 2015. The Jets as always showed their appreciation for a job well done by offering Fitzpatrick a contract well below the going rate, causing a standoff that doesn’t appear likely to be resolved. With this being the case, the Jets are now going to activate “Plan B” and start the 2016 with Smith under center, which in effect will end the upcoming season before it even begins.
Whether it’s catching a movie instead of attending a team meeting or not paying a $600 debt to IK Enemkpali before being punched in the jaw, Smith has shown a complete lack of maturity thus far in the NFL. In a sport that has proven that ethics matter very little, these type of actions are generally overlooked as long as a player can perform on game day.
Well, Smith has been way less than productive thus far in his NFL career. His record as a starting quarterback in 29 career starts is a less than stellar 11-18. In those 29 starts, Smith threw for 5,571 yards and threw 25 touchdowns, but turned the ball over an astounding 42 times (34 interceptions and lost eight fumbles). It wasn’t just the bad statistics though.
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Whether it be in the locker room or on the gridiron, Smith has never shown the ability to get up from a punch in the face.
When Smith made a bad play, the game was over.
He simply never showed much improvement.
Based on Smith’s actions, stats and the team’s record with him as their starting quarterback, there is no way the Jets have even a shot at being successful in 2016.
Just like many of you, my fellow Jets fans reading, I read lots of news, blogs and fan comments on social media. It shocks me how many of you are all in on this idea that Fitzpatrick is no good and the Jets are playing this “smart”.
All of a sudden, the same Jets fan base that begged then head coach Rex Ryan to remove or bench Smith every single week during his career with the Jets, are behind him because the Jets aren’t going to be “stupid” enough to “overpay” a journeyman quarterback who is just a bridge for the future.
Being a Jets fan over the last 30 years of my life, I refuse to drink the special juice they are serving. The Jets have not proven they can develop a quarterback and have nobody on the roster that is a qualified option. Especially Smith. Remember the old saying, “be careful what you wish for, you may just receive it”. It appears that the Jets are not going to make an appropriate offer to Fitzpatrick.
Remember this moment, everyone. When fans are booing at Melife Stadium when Smith throws his third interception, this is what people wanted. Unfortunately, with Smith as the starting quarterback, the conversation that us Jets fans may be having is who the Jets are going to select with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.