On Monday morning, the New York Jets announced that they had signed free agent quarterback Brady Quinn to fuel the fire and bring some veteran competition to the fold alongside rookie Geno Smith. That competition was supposed to come from Mark Sanchez and although it did for sometime, a shoulder injury has subsequently put Smith in control of the team’s starting position by default.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan has refused to name Smith the starter, despite continued reports stating that Sanchez’s injury could be even worse than originally thought. In other words, Sanchez won’t be playing in Week 1 and obviously New York is going to roll with Quinn or third-stringer, Matt Simms.
That puts Smith in position to start this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as cornerback Darrelle Revis makes him return to New York. The expectations for the Jets this season are lower than low and the ongoing quarterback controversy has seemingly turned them into the laughing stock of the AFC East.
While Smith should certainly feel the pressure, there really isn’t a whole lot of expectations for him. Many believe he is not ready and even more people believe he isn’t going to help the Jets win right out of the gate.
But what if he could?
Unexpected things can happen in the NFL at any given time. What is Smith leads the Jets to a season opening win? At home to boot. How will fans and the media react then? Then keep in mind that the Jets will visit the New England Patriots in Week 2.
Smith appears poised to start on Sunday afternoon, so let’s just wait and see how the tides turn after that opening kickoff.