The New York Jets just keep getting worse. They have one of the worst offenses in the NFL, and they had one of their worst performances of the season today in their 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Geno Smith was absolutely horrendous yet again, and he was benched for the third time this season. Matt Simms came in to replace Smith, and he didn’t do much better, leaving the Jets with major questions at quarterback heading forward.
Smith completed 4/10 passes for 29 yards and an interception, and he continued to hold the ball too long, make bad decisions and make inaccurate throws. His interception was on a completely inexplicable throw in which Smith tried to force the ball into obvious double coverage and was picked off. He was not under as much pressure as he had been the last two weeks, but he still couldn’t make any accurate throws down the field.
Unfortunately for the Jets, Simms only managed to go 9/18 for 78 yards and an interception, and he failed to establish himself as a better option than Smith. Simms made a couple good throws, but he showed the same decision making issues that Smith had. Simms fired into coverage a few times, and he was intercepted in the endzone on a ball that was well underthrown.
Going forward, the Jets have no good answer for their quarterback question. I expect Simms to start next week, and I think that he should. However, he is not the long term answer for this franchise, and I think that Smith has proven over the last five games that he isn’t either. Rex Ryan has to be frustrated that neither of his quarterbacks has shown any ability to lead the offense, and there isn’t any reason to believe that either of these players will suddenly improve.
This loss has ended the Jets’ playoff chances, and it leaves them facing a difficult offseason. The Jets have to acquire a quarterback this offseason, be it through the draft, a trade or free agency. It remains to be seen where they will fall in the draft, and they could be left without a shot at the best quarterbacks. Free agency is unlikely to offer options unless Jay Cutler is surprisingly available, and a trade for a player like Kirk Cousins doesn’t offer much of a safe solution.
The Jets are back to square one at the quarterback position, because Smith and Simms are clearly not capable of leading this team forward. The repeated failures at the quarterback position have cost the Jets their playoff chances, and they could cost Ryan his job. This offseason the Jets must try again at quarterback, and maybe they’ll finally find a solution.