New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan took a lot of flak from every angle after he decided to bench rookie quarterback Geno Smith at halftime of the team’s 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Many believed that if Smith is intended to be the starter of the future in New York then he should have stayed in the game and taken his lumps. However, the benching could be a great move by Ryan, as it seemed to have woken up the young signal caller.
“If it was a tactic to wake me up or get me going, it definitely worked,” Smith said Monday, according to ESPN.
In the long run, Ryan could be considered a genius for the move if Smith is indeed awaken after he was forced to take a seat on Sunday. Unfortunately, the reality is Smith’s play on the gridiron has been horrendous this season. Sure, he’s shown flashes of a quarterback who can play the game at a high-level. However, more often than not he appears to be far too inexperienced to be a starter in the NFL.
Smith has tossed 19 interceptions this season and hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in five straight games. Over that span, his highest passer rating in a game has been 62.4 while his lowest has been 8.3, which occurred against the Dolphins.
Obviously, there is a lot riding on this season for Ryan, especially with a majority of the fan base calling for his job after every loss. For that reason, no one can blame him for benching Smith in an attempt to shake things up.
It has already been confirmed that Smith will start for the Jets in Week 14.