With the New York Jets‘ playoff hopes dwindling this season and with rookie quarterback Geno Smith just not getting the job done, I will have to agree with what Ray Lucas said in the Jets’ post-game segment on SNY that it is time for Smith to sit and watch for the rest of the season while the team givse backup quarterback Matt Simms a shot to play.
I am fully aware of the Jets still being alive in the playoff race, and the fact that Smith has virtually no one to throw to, but if the Jets continue to go to Smith this season, the fans will be disappointed with the future outcome.
I am not saying Simms is going to step in and lead the Jets to the playoffs and become the new future starting quarterback for the Jets either, but as Lucas mentioned, it is pretty obvious that Smith has been regressing in each and every game as this season has rolled on.
His football IQ as a quarterback has gotten worse each week as of late, as he is constantly making bad decisions with the football and turning the ball over way too much for comfort. It has gotten so bad that head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg blatantly showed in a must-win game against the Baltimore Ravens that Smith cannot be trusted to make plays.
The Jets’ coaching staff believes that more often then not, the outcome of Smith throwing the ball is more likely to have a negative outcome than a positive one. And how can you blame them?
Smith finished the game yesterday throwing 9-of-22 for 127 yards, 0 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a lost fumble in a Jets’ 19-3 loss to the Ravens. And this is not just one bad week, by the way. In Smith’s last three games, he has failed to complete 10 or more passes and hasn’t even been able to throw for 130 or more yards. It is clear to me that the coaching staff’s confidence in the rookie is fading, at least for this season.
I mean, how can you expect to win games and make the playoffs if you do not trust your starting quarterback to throw the ball? It’s impossible.
Like I said, Simms may not be anything special and probably won’t lead the Jets to the playoffs this season, but he can’t be worse than Smith’s past few performances. Sometimes it is best for a rookie quarterback to sit a lot in his first season and sometimes not even start a single game at all in his rookie year.
This will allow the rookie to gain that sideline perspective, see the game from a different angle, and to learn and become a better quarterback in the future. The Jets did not do this for Mark Sanchez, and look how great he turned out to be.