Human nature dictates that we scrutinize everything that a rookie quarterback does wrong. It is completely understandable to feel this way. These players usually stand in their early 20s after inking millions of dollars before playing a regular season game. Each signal caller goes through a process of development. There are two ways to approach this.
Moonlighting behind a veteran can be useful for a younger player before he steps into the role. Other coaches prefer their quarterback being thrown into action right away. New York Jets signal caller Geno Smith is receiving his baptism by fire. When he plays very well, consistency eludes this offense.
Last week’s second half showed some real promise. Smith can display great physical traits. His arm strength opens many extra plays when establishing a plan. His mobility also creates much more of a dynamic capability. When the New England Patriots returned an interception, Smith calmly bounced back.
This time, there was no such comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, his turnover was not truly his fault. Before anyone could blink, they were down by 14. Anyone would become panicked while trying to bring the team back single-handedly, and pressing too much sadly results in errors.
Smith’s attempt to bring Gang Green closer absolutely backfired. He cannot shoulder ridiculous expectations because every quarterback does this kind of thinking. Just to attack this point before it gets out of hand, Ryan’s decision to pull him for Matt Simms was not the start of any QB controversy. During blowouts, starters should come out to avoid injury. Simms looked okay but no controversy exists.