For the New York Jets, it looks more and more likely by the day that quarterback Geno Smith will be the starter in Week 1. Head coach Todd Bowles is rallying for him to finally deliver.
Quarterback Geno Smith has had an unstable relationship with the New York Jets in his three seasons with the franchise. After being named the starter as a rookie, he has gone through being benched, injury, a locker room fight and two head coaches. His numbers don’t impress but many we would say he has not been given the tools and weapons to even have a chance of being successful.
Fans are incredibly excited about the Jets’ roster for 2016 outside of the quarterback position and so many fans hope that if Ryan Fitzpatrick is not going to return, that Smith can come in and lead the Jets to their first NFL Playoff appearance under head coach Todd Bowles. Whether he can or not remains to be seen but Bowles has stated he does believe Smith can be a good starter for the Jets.
In an article written by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, here’s what Bowles said about Smith:
"“I think Geno can be a good starter, but he’s got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,” Bowles told the New York Daily News. “It’s not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he’s been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we’ll see what he does.”"
The best option for the Jets is to come to a deal with Fitzpatrick. He brings more experience and stability to the quarterback position that will put the Jets in a better position to make the playoffs. It’s possible the Jets can make the playoffs with Smith but it seems less likely.
It is utter insanity that Fitzpatrick and the Jets’ front office haven’t come to terms on a deal but it also seems incredibly unlikely that he will re-sign. Smith is the best available quarterback on the roster but there is still a some time before Week 1 should Fitzpatrick change his mind. Regardless, it’s great to see Bowles give his full support to Smith who although unthinkable to many, could surprise many this upcoming season.