Quarterback Geno Smith failed to show up. Even when given time, he continued to play poorly. There was one play where his protection held, and he threw over a wide open David Nelson’s head. New York’s starter looked lost once again while looking at one target. They were down only three points at halftime. Seeing Smith go 4-of-10 was enough for head coach Rex Ryan to pull him in favor of Matt Simms.
Gang Green drove down the field on a nice running play by Chris Ivory, only to settle for a field goal. After that, Simms looked overwhelmed. This is not entirely his fault as he has not received first-team practice reps. I said earlier that it would be difficult for him to deliver. Now, questions around the quarterback position come into play for both the short and long terms.
I said David Garrard should have played if a change were to take place. He should start next week against the Oakland Raiders because of experience. Due to weak play from other teams, this Jets squad remains barely alive at 5-7. It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t played in three years. Garrard is the only signal caller with a track record, and Ryan was wrong to have him be inactive.
Based on last year with Mark Sanchez, Smith probably will start. Going forward, could there be an arrival of someone like Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, or another player of that stature? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, Ryan needs to determine how to approach the remainder of 2013. This benching might mean that Smith is already done.