Well, it’s official. In case you haven’t been breathing at all since Wednesday morning, the New York Jets named Geno Smith their starting quarterback for Sunday’s week one matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Head coach Rex Ryan was forced to make the decision somewhat by default, due to the still-recovering Mark Sanchez from his shoulder injury.
Bucs fans haven’t been this excited since Dexter Jackson won Super Bowl MVP about a decade ago. Their defense, filled out with two new Pro Bowl starters, gets to begin the season against a guy who threw three interceptions and forgot where the back of the end zone was while unsuccessfully attempting to avoid a safety — in the same preseason game.
Second year safety Mark Barron got himself a couple of new friends this offseason as the Bucs added former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and former San Francisco 49ers safety DaShon Goldson, thus creating the NFL’s scariest secondary without question.
I would be shocked if the Bucs don’t come away with, at minimum, three turnovers at the fault of Smith. With how miserable the Jets’ entire roster looks to begin with, the Bucs are in position to start the season with a convincing victory especially now that Smith was named the starter.
Smith showed absolutely nothing — to me, at least — in the preseason that could make me think he’d be successful as an NFL starting quarterback. His accuracy was some of the worst I have ever seen out of a pro quarterback — probably even close to Cade McNown-esque. Smith is no where near ready to lead an offense at this level, but like I said earlier, it was the Jets’ only choice at this point.
Bucs fans can’t wait for Sunday. If they thought they were excited prior to this official announcement, ask them how they’re feeling now. The Jets are about to run into an absolute slaughtering on Sunday, and it will be mostly at the expense of Smith going up against a secondary that is now licking their chops in preparation for a beat down.