New York Jets starting QB Geno Smith apparently channeled his inner Mark Sanchez (and his headband) Thursday night, throwing three interceptions while completing an abysmal 42 percent of his passes in the Jets’ 10-13 loss to the New England Patriots. Which begs the question, have the Jets become the most snake-bitten franchise at the QB position in the league?
Sure, the Jets got one good year from Vinny Testaverde, a couple decent years from Boomer Esiason and Ken O’Brien before a forgettable Brett Favre sighting; but realistically, this franchise has been searching for an answer at the position since Broadway Joe Namath over 40 years ago. Smith certainly doesn’t appear to be the answer.
For decades, the most snake-bitten team was the Detroit Lions, who experienced a 50-year curse at the position since their 1958 trade of the legendary QB Bobby Layne before finally drafting Matthew Stafford in 2009. While Stafford does possess shortcomings, he’s easily the best QB to don a Lions uniform in over five decades, and certainly fits the bill of a franchise QB at this stage of his young career.
Many Cleveland Browns fans probably feel it is their team. However, it’s hard to crown the Browns franchise with the most snake-bitten title considering the solid years they got out of Bernie Kosar, and the fact that their original franchise is residing in Baltimore with two Super Bowl championships and a franchise QB to boot.
That’s not to say anyone has forgotten about the loathsome likes of Charlie Frye, Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Kelly Holcomb or heaven forbid Colt McCoy, but the franchise has had its moments, even if they haven’t been in Cleveland.
Fans have already seen Smith be inaccurate, make poor decisions and miserably under-throw some deep balls — sound like anyone else you know, Jets fans? Yes, he’s a rookie, so there will be growing pains. However, if we combine his play thus far with the rumors from his former teammates regarding his intangibles, the future simply doesn’t look bright for Smith or the Jets.
With Sanchez likely on the shelf with a torn labrum the rest of this season and almost certain to have himself and his salary dumped after, Smith will have his chance to prove that he’s a franchise quarterback as he boisterously claimed on draft night. However, don’t hold your breath if you’re a Jets fan — your true franchise QB may still be many years off.
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