This has been a rough period of football for the New York Jets. Fans are now subjected to a third straight year of not watching their team in the Playoffs. Despite eliminations, there is still a reason for interest in these final two games of 2013.
Rookie QB Geno Smith has played well in spurts this year. Pocket poise provided hope going forward. Turnovers and issues regarding an ability to read coverage created problems. Now Smith could be looking at this span of time as an audition for 2014 starter. Of course, New York’s roster includes two other signal callers in David Garrard and Matt Simms. Garrard represents a valuable veteran presence, but his health remains questionable. Reports suggest he could return next year. It probably is a long shot that this does happen.
Simms looked good in Preseason action against backups, but his regular season time has produced mixed results. Arm strength seems decent, but pocket presence needs work. The Jets could release him once bringing in others. The year of 2013 was viewed as stage one of GM John Idzik’s rebuilding plan. With all of their impending cap space and draft picks, this team could improve with proper decisions. Smith is in a “battle” with New York Giants‘ starter Eli Manning over the NFL lead for interceptions. One thing that is in Smith’s favor continues to be his mobility, which makes things easier as far as play-calling. Playing against the Cleveland Browns and next week against AFC East rival Miami Dolphins will provide Smith a chance to stake claim for the job. If struggles continue, competition likely will arrive in the offseason.