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Jets should stick with Geno Smith if healthy

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) is tripped up by Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams (98) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) is tripped up by Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams (98) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets got a much-needed spark on offense thanks to quarterback Geno Smith. If he’s healthy enough to continue starting, Gang Green should continue to stick with him.

Make no mistake about it, the New York Jets got a much-needed spark thanks to going back to quarterback Geno Smith as their starter. He was able to use his mobility, arm strength, and finally, put together some kind of momentum on an offense that failed to consistently produce touchdowns all season long.

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Unfortunately for Smith, he hurt his knee against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 action. The Jets won the game 24-16 but now have a very interesting decision to make at starting quarterback. While it was good that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick came in and finished the game on a good note, he should not be starting again for the Jets unless Smith isn’t healthy enough to do so.

Fitzpatrick had all the opportunities in the world to remain the starting quarterback of the Jets. The franchise shelled out $12M to secure him for this season and he was so terrible, they had to bench him because he simply wasn’t effective under center.

At the end of the day, “Fitzmagic” is done and over. There is no need to go back to him when he doesn’t have the arm strength or decision-making to win football games for this team. Smith, on the other hand, looked great in his return to being a starting quarterback.

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If Smith is able to continue playing, he should undoubtedly be starting for the Jets.

It can’t get any worse than what Fitzpatrick has been doing for the past few weeks that led to their 1-5 start. Smith did very well and should be given more games to keep starting in if he’s able to do so.

Now the Jets are 2-5, in the bottom of the AFC East, looking for something positive to keep the season moving along. A win was exactly what the team needed but again, the Jets can’t afford to play musical chairs between Fitzpatrick and Smith at quarterback.

If Smith can play, he starts, regardless what Fitzpatrick says to the media about feeling a certain way that everyone gave up on him. Fitzpatrick has played terribly all season long and any other football team would have benched him much sooner than the Jets did.

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Anyone that watches and knows football understands if you have 11 interceptions after the first quarter of the regular season, you deserve a seat on the bench. Feelings aside, it’s common sense when it comes to the efficiency of a starting quarterback. The Jets should stick with Smith provided he’s healthy enough to continue what he started on Sunday.

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