Geno Smith is the best backup quarterback in NFL

By Paul A. Esden Jr.
Aug 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 17-23. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 17-23. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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For the New York Jets, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting as Geno Smith has been relegated to backup duty. One NFL media member believes he’s the best backup in the NFL.

There is no quarterback competition at the top of the depth chart, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter for the New York Jets. Geno Smith will be the backup in 2016 and he’s embracing the new role.

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Smith was highly upset about warming the seat for Fitzpatrick as he’s planning on using his aggression towards the regular season. Apparently, he’s got a fan in NFL Network’s Charley Casserly who proclaimed Smith as “the best backup quarterback in the league.”

Here are my thoughts on #Browns @RGIII #NYJets Geno Smith & Bryce Petty & My "Rant about Geno" @nflnetwork https://t.co/wassb0TrGL

— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) August 15, 2016

The rant about Smith and the Jets starts at the 1:40 mark in the Twitter video above. In the grand scheme of things, stats never lie. Sure, some of Casserly’s rant might be considered toungue in cheek but all his points are completely valid.

In spurts, Smith has proven to be a capable quarterback and Casserly’s biggest point is the Chan Gailey factor. Gailey helped Fitzpatrick have a career year last season, imagine what he could do with Smith?

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With a young quarterback that has a much better arm, it can easily be a match made in heaven for Gailey and Smith.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond his control, it’s unlikely to ever to come to fruition.

Smith is entering a contract year and if he goes to another team and succeeds, Casserly will be the one laughing in the end.

Casserly made a lot of points, including Smith shouldn’t have started as a rookie.

Smith’s development was completely stunted because he was thrown to wolves too soon.

Smith was a spread offense quarterback at West Virginia and did well to a degree. Gailey is a creative offensive genius that has a knack at making quarterbacks thrive in his system. Considering that Casserly didn’t even mention that Smith had no supporting cast around him for development, it’s easy to see why he never had any major success.

Casserly made waves when he said “Smith was the best backup quarterback in the league.” He’s right since after looking around the NFL, perhaps the Jets are in a pretty good situation at backup.

Everything was set for Smith to start last year but unfortunately due to a locker room altercation, he lost his starting spot due to a jaw injury. It’s a huge lesson learned that at the end of the day, has many wondering what could have been with Smith considering Fitzpatrick thrived on offense.

Last season, Smith was supposed to start but unfortunately due to a locker room altercation, was sidelined with a jaw injury. One can only imagine what he could have done with such offensive weapons around him.

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Smith would do just fine starting a handful of games for the Jets in 2016. Is Casserly that crazy saying Smith is the best backup in the league? What are your thoughts? Please leave your comments below!

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