New York Jets: Rex Ryan Needs to Pressure Geno Smith
History may be repeating itself when you look at the New York Jets‘ quarterback situation. Quarterback Geno Smith has struggled mightily as of late. It is not completely his fault, as the surrounding talent does not inspire too much confidence. He leads the NFL with 22 turnovers (18 interceptions) and has put Gang Green’s defense in difficult situations.
Fans have already lost patience in this rookie signal caller, hoping for a change to backup Matt Simms. As of now, head coach Rex Ryan continues to support his starter, saying he gives this team, “the best chance to win.” If this phrase sounds familiar, it should. Ryan repeated it constantly last season while Mark Sanchez self destructed. Finally, when New York was out of Playoff contention Greg McElroy started one game only for Sanchez to regain his job the following week. Loyalty is a good thing, but perception became that there was too much between Ryan and Sanchez. No threat really existed between an old Mark Brunell, Tim Tebow, or McElroy. None of them got a fair shot.
Today we are witnessing a delicate situation. Smith was New York’s second-round pick this year which supposedly ushered in a new era. Physical gifts that he possess offer something the Jets may have never seen before. Issues reading coverage while locking onto one target is something that does not look good, however. Going to Simms in order to try to save their playoff hopes could effectively already end Smith’s time in New York. Involving the backup in practice would help their starter improve.