When the New York Jets took Geno Smith in the second round of the draft this past spring, they were hoping that he would be their quarterback of the future. Instead, what they’ve got is a frustratingly inefficient quarterback who is holding them back from being a playoff contender.
Smith was especially brutal this week in the Jets’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens. In a game that New York needed to win against a team they’re battling for a spot in the playoffs, Smith completed a measly 9-of-22 passes for 127 yards, with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Amazingly, most of those yards came in garbage time when the Ravens were leaving underneath receivers open.
The Jets managed only three points in the game, and the reason they couldn’t move the ball was the complete inability for Smith to do anything in the passing game. In fact, on multiple occasions, Rex Ryan chose to run the ball and punt on third and long instead of giving Smith the opportunity to throw an interception. I may not be a fan of the passer rating statistic, but when you post a 22.3 like Smith did, you know you had a bad day.
The most frustrating thing for New York fans is that they have a team built to win this time of the year, when the games matter the most. They have a good running game and an even better defense. That defense has a dominant defensive line that stuffs the run and masks some of the issues they have in the secondary. If they had even an average quarterback, they would be one of the best teams in the AFC this year; maybe not a championship contender, but a playoff team for sure.
If the Jets do want to find themselves in the postseason this year, and that is not out of the question for them, they need to make the move and bench Smith in favor of veteran backup Matt Simms. Sure, Simms isn’t the long-term answer that they hope Smith will be, but Simms can give the team a chance to win games down the stretch.