New York Jets' Matt Simms Won't Start On Opening Day Despite Preseason Start

By Steven Carollo
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After rookie quarterback Geno Smith‘s putrid performance against the New York Giants last week, and with Mark Sanchez fumbling a perfectly good snap and then later on injuring his shoulder, New York Jets fans were foaming at the mouth and wanted to see Matt Simms start the Jets’ last preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Well Jets fans, we got our wish. The Jets organization, if you can even call it that, announced earlier today that Simms will indeed start against the Eagles on Thursday, which will be the last of the four preseason games.

Now while Simms has put up impressive stats this preseason: 11-for-15 with 193 yards passing, a touchdown and no interceptions, this does not in any way effect who the Jets’ starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season.

Any fan who thinks that Simms will start on opening day is delusional. Simms will most likely make the team, but either Sanchez (day-to-day) or Smith will be the Jets’ starting quarterback on opening day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

You have to realize that yes, Simms has been the Jets’ best quarterback this preseason, but he was only playing in second halves against other teams’ backups. He has yet to face a starting defense and even with the start on Thursday, he still might not if the Eagles plan to bench all of their starters.

However, I still think there is a slim possibility that Simms can get into a regular season game this year, but don’t count on this because it is still a stretch.

If Sanchez is more than just day-to-day, Smith would take over as the starter. If Sanchez can’t play because of his shoulder and Smith is just as terrible or even worse than in his preseason game against the Giants in the regular season, then Simms can actually see some regular season NFL action.

What do you think? Agree or disagree?

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