New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan Wisely Shuts Down Calls for Matt Simms

By Nick Mamary
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Impatience can ruin professional sports teams. Whether it’s rushing a player’s development or benching them too early may stunt growth. One franchise specifically is dealing with fans that have little patience. Yes, the New York Jets waited a long time for the new long-term signal caller. Of course, Joe Namath remains Gang Green’s only Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Faith in Mark Sanchez ran out and his replacement was supposed to be second-round pick Geno Smith. As the choice of new general manager John Idzik, many thought that they found their long-term solution. Smith, of course, won his debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played very well while accomplishing this feat. There were struggles, however, in a sloppy loss to AFC East rival New England Patriots. Smith had three interceptions during the fourth quarter that helped seal New York’s fate. These mistakes should be viewed as growing pains. Their decision-making seemed off but two picks resulted from under-thrown passes. This can happen to any quarterback. Gang Green supporters were frustrated as they watched their team fall. The defense held Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to 185 yards. Chris Ivory showed flashes of dynamic play while an erratic quarterback performance resulted in some calling for backup Matt Simms.

New York’s reserve signal caller threw eight touchdowns. At Tennessee, an efficient preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles showed that he could be a solid NFL starter. Benching Smith right now would seriously harm his progression. Examining him and his capabilities is becomes important. This franchise must determine if they have their future quarterback. Maybe if Smith endures a few more awful starts then that would be right. Jets head coach Rex Ryan recently told NBC, “I think there are a lot of guys that like Simms. I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Ryan said. “But to say as our starting quarterback, I don’t see that.” It seems Ryan finally understands how to handle these situations.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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