Quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets recently made some pretty strong comments with the media about his current situation. He needs to stay quiet in the grand scheme of things.
Yes, we all know. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completely stunk it up last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. He put up an embarrassing performance, as did the rest of the New York Jets, to where they lost a winnable game.
Thoughts are swirling around New York that perhaps if Fitzpatrick puts up another dud of a game in Week 4, the Jets should highly consider going with their backup quarterback, Geno Smith. Now, Smith does possess a much better arm strength and would have probably put up a better game than Fitzpatrick did last week, but it’s way too soon to consider a quarterback change.
Recently as shown in the above video via Sports Illustrated, Smith made some pretty strong comments about the fact that the Jets decided to re-sign Fitzpatrick this past offseason. The truth of the matter is, it would have been interesting to have seen what Smith could have done in 2016 with this offense considering he’s younger and has more upside.
The problem, however, is that Smith is doing himself no favors making such harsh comments to the media. Yes, the Jets did him wrong the moment they drafted him by throwing him to the wolves too soon in his rookie season but it’s not like he’s one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL.
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Smith is still an unknown since he played terrible his first few seasons with a lack of weapons, support, and leadership around him at the time.
It remains to be seen if he could actually put up some strong numbers with this group of weapons around him but at this point in time, again, he’s still one big question mark and just the backup.
It’s no secret that Smith is probably spending his last season with the Jets. Whether he gets re-signed or tests free agency in 2017, comments like the ones he made are ones that will hold him back regardless.
Future teams don’t want someone who says such comments about a fellow teammate, especially someone who is above him on the depth chart and a key veteran that has the respect of the locker room.
It would be in the best interest of Smith to simply stick to honing his craft this season, learn as much as he can from Fitzpatrick, and stay quiet as prepares for his number to possibly be called at any time.
It’s not a good look for him to say such things now, especially if his time might be coming sooner than later this season if Fitzpatrick gets benched for poor play or injury.
Overall, Smith needs to keep his mouth shut and above all else, stay humble. Sure, if he’s “pissed off” that the Jets re-signed Fitzpatrick, it’s okay to have that opinion but not say such nonsense to the media during the regular season after an embarrassing loss. It does him, nor the franchise any good at all. He should just focus on getting better for his possible opportunity with the Jets or somewhere else in the future.