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LaDainian Tomlinson is wrong saying it’s time for Geno Smith to start

Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Most people think the New York Jets aren’t ready to hop on the Geno Smith bus yet.  A former player of Gang Green says they need to hop on now before it’s too late.

In fact, ESPN’s Rich Cimini says, “Fitzpatrick doesn’t get a season-long pass — eventually, he should be held accountable if the interceptions continue to pile up — but benching him at 1-3 would be a panic move.”  In the grand scheme of things, the New York Jets should bench Ryan Fitzpatrick after nine interceptions.

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The blogosphere isn’t the only place you will see such things.  Apparently, one future Pro Football Hall of Famer and a former Jet has weighed in on this topic:

"G-E-N-O. That's right. It's time for Geno!"@LT_21 weighs in on the Jets QB situation. (via @NFLGameday) https://t.co/HwYtyqmo0V

— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2016

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While LaDainian Tomlinson was somewhat wrong about Smith winning the job over Fitzpatrick in 2015, he was right that nine interceptions should earn you a seat on the bench.

Tomlinson also fails to grasp one key aspect to this situation.  Geno Smith isn’t Bryce Petty.

There’s only one person who will overtake Fitzpatrick for the job of starter, and that’s Petty.

The Jets don’t see Smith as their future, just a placeholder until Petty returns from injury because they need a viable backup in case Fitzpatrick suffers an injury.

If the Jets thought Smith could provide them with anything, he would’ve started after the six-interception performance.

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Tomlinson is right in one regard, it’s time for a change in New York.  However, it won’t be to Smith.

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