After yet another game of interceptions from their rookie quarterback, Geno Smith hurt the New York Jets in their quest for an improbable Playoff berth. Against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, he had two pick, and Gang Green scored three points. Honestly his first turnover served as a good punt by turning field position. His second pick came on a deep shot to the end zone. There were plenty of drops that disrupt offensive flow. They also couldn’t run which placed more stress on the young player. 18 interceptions really stand out as someone who continues to learn. Smith has at least in part led Gang Green to being in contention. His mobility allows for flexibility from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. These are some positives but some poor habits that may or may not be fixable.
Locking onto receivers gives defensive backs clues into where he is going. Inability to look off coverage also contributes to issues. Head coach Rex Ryan stood by Smith so far but after the Baltimore loss Sunday he refused to name Smith a definite starter next week against the Miami Dolphins. He said that he must “look at the film” before making a decision. Matt Simms sits as primary backup and has shown some promise. This took place in the Preseason and garbage time. He obviously has less experience than Smith. Simms also brings far less mobility. It was thought that Smith was the future, and he still could be. As of now, Gang Green needs wins. If anything, I would switch to David Garrard who was once a winning quarterback. If his knee is healthy, Garrard brings a stable approach.