Improvement towards the end of the New York Jets‘ season provides hope going forward. GM John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan seem to be building something productive. An 8-8 2013 record represented a two-game improvement from the previous year.
Geno Smith endured what can only be described as a roller coaster rookie season. He displayed poise in the pocket at times, and displayed questionable decision-making in other instances. Overall, Smith finished with 12 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. Idzik has said that his team plans on evaluating available options, and that Smith is not guaranteed to start next year.
Beyond questions about the starting signal caller, uncertainty about his backups exists. Matt Simms appeared in spot duty this season and was shaky for the most part. He might improve with time, but I’m not convinced. Simms never stood out during his college days at Tennessee.
He came on in relief of Smith a few weeks ado and failed to inspire confidence. A strong arm is great, but I saw poor pocket presence. No matter who starts next year, their backup must be reliable. David Garrard brings veteran presence, but his health remains questionable. Michael Vick as would push for the starting job. Drafting someone later on (perhaps Aaron Murray) along with Smith would suddenly make this position more intriguing.