The New York Jets might have some major problems at quarterback but make no mistake about, Geno Smith will never earn their trust back again.
If quarterback Geno Smith thinks he is the solution for the quarterback situation of the New York Jets than he has a lot to think about when it comes to that. A lot of speculation has begun with who will be the quarterback for the Jets since Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled these past two games.
Everyone is calling for Smith to take over but fans don’t realize he isn’t the solution either. He is even worse than what people think as he hasn’t been able to produce when it counts. When you look at his numbers, they don’t wow you as a fan which is a concern.
You want someone who is a team leader and who can handle the pressure when the game comes down to it. He has a 72.3 career quarterback rating, has thrown 35 interceptions, and 27 touchdowns. Just by reading that he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns throws up a red flag for you as a fan. He isn’t safe with the football and doesn’t check down to be smart with his decisions.
Last year when he came in for Fitzpatrick after he got hurt, Smith wasn’t careful with the football at all. He was underthrowing passes up the middle and would overthrow receivers by 10 to 15 yards in deep passing plays. At that time he came in the game he could have led the team to a win and gain the trust from his teammates. That didn’t happen and he went back to being on the bench for the rest of the season.
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Last season in training camp was the icing on the cake for Smith as he had gotten into an argument with another player over money.
Smith got his jaw broken by being punched and sidelined for weeks due to injury. He was out 6 to 10 weeks which allowed Fitzpatrick to win the quarterback battle. Teammates were frustrated and embarrassed for what happened in the locker room.
Coming into this season, he thought he was going to be the starting quarterback since Fitzpatrick wasn’t re-signed.
When finally Fitzpatrick agreed to his new contract, Smith was upset and disappointed that he knew he was going to be the backup. He didn’t leave his frustration out of comments he made during training camp and this season thus far.
Smith this preseason was still looking the same in the way he controlled the offense and the way he threw the football and secured it. When watching the games you can see the frustration building up in head coach Todd Bowles.
Overall, Smith needs to keep quiet and just come to the realization that he isn’t the quarterback solution for the Jets. He has no trust from his teammates along with the organization which has to tell you something. He isn’t a very efficient quarterback that can be a team leader on and off the field. Smith just needs to be released from the organization and look to begin a new start with another franchise.