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New York Jets QB Geno Smith Has “Bad” Practice; Why is This Even Newsworthy?

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Andrew Weber-USA Today Sports

This just in — New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith had a bad practice on Wednesday. Seriously though, this is a headline and it’s a newsworthy topic. He threw three interceptions during the team’s practice on Aug. 14. Sounds the alarms.

The quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow a season ago was never ending. That is, until the team released Tebow this past off-season after drafting Smith this past April. In turn, a new Pandora’s box has opened up — Jets’ fans and much of the NFL are wondering who will control the starting reigns when the season kicks off in less than a month.

We know the media circus that New York City can be and the Jets have simply become accustomed to the bad headlines. The biggest thing heading into the 2013 season for the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan especially however, is this — the last thing they need is another circus revolving around their quarterback competition. We saw the negative impact it had a year ago.

The headline and news surrounding Smith’s “bad” practice is exactly that. Bottom line is this — who cares? If Smith threw eight picks and 12 balls into the water cooler without completing a single pass all day, does it really matter? Smith is still in consideration for the starting job and that’s the way it’s going to remain until either Sanchez shocks the world and plays well or Smith actually takes over the starting position.

Everybody has bad days, but in Jets’ territory, this is a headline. Whelp, onto the next day of practice.


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