As most people know, the New York Jets have not guaranteed that Geno Smith will be their starting quarterback next season. Last year he was selected with pick No. 39 overall, which basically signified an end to Mark Sanchez’s run in New York. Well, early on Smith showed great poise when dropping back to pass. New York of course initially played above expectations and with just weeks remaining was in the thick of playoff contention. However, lack of explosive playmakers helped ensure their third consecutive year without postseason action. Tremendous debate is now underway as to what this signal-caller could become.
Can Smith consistently improve with better targets or does he simply not have “franchise” quarterback potential? Flashes down the stretch demonstrated some improvement in areas like decision making but not enough time has passed. One thing for certain is that a need for competition remains.
This theme represents something that general manager John Idzik repeats constantly. According to reports, New York holds interest in Chicago Bears free agent QB to-be Josh McCown. His 2013 season resulted in 13 touchdowns and one interception along with a 3-2 record in place of Jay Cutler. These numbers are impressive, but success hinges on more than just stats. McCown’s career has been unspectacular with a starting record of 16-22.
Yes, he has been on some bad teams and brings athleticism. He could be an upgrade at backup over Matt Simms, but McCown turns 35 in a few months which is late to turn in your first outstanding campaign. I believe the Jets would not address their need with someone like Michael Vick or Matt Schaub, an individual who has enjoyed somewhat sustained success. If Smith struggles, McCown as the season-long starter just doesn’t seem like an attractive option.