Quarterback is the most important position in football. These individuals are responsible for everything, whether it’s getting credit for success or enduring blame when things go wrong. The New York Jets dealt with another young signal caller this past season. Geno Smith showcased solid potential at times. He displayed arm strength and athleticism during certain occasions.
Smith had 21 interceptions in 2013, the second-worst to only Eli Manning. Though there were positive developments in his last two games, GM John Idzik did not confirm Smith as starter next season.
This in line with Itzik’s theme of competition, where no past starters can take their jobs for granted. The 2014 draft class boasts big-time prospects like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. New York must address other weak spots like receiver, safety and tight end. QB remains important, but should not come in the first two rounds. Using free agency to bring in someone to push Smith will be an effective strategy.
That new player should not be Matt Cassel, who voided his Minnesota Vikings contract on Wednesday. Cassel threw 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions in relief of Christian Ponder. These numbers may look solid, but he does not inspire too much confidence overall. Poise in the pocket is something that he displays, but something does not quite click. His lack of ideal athleticism makes this player a stop-gap option at best.
If Smith falters, he should feel pressured. I have already established a better veteran target. A mid-round draft selection would also help Gang Green. Matt Simms remains with a recently extended contract, but could always get cut later on. Cassel simply does not bring enough versatility.