5 Reasons Why Geno Smith Should Start For New York Jets

5 Reasons Why Geno Smith Should Start For New York Jets

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It's been a pretty long time since the New York Jets had a stable quarterback under center, and this season is no different. The New York Jets signed Michael Vick in the offseason, and the signing has led to another quarterback controversy for Gang Green. I think the Vick signing is good for Smith, as it will push him and make him earn the starting job. But make no mistake about it; Smith will be the Jets' QB in 2014.

5. Youth

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5. Youth

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Geno Smith is only 23 years old. Michael Vick is 34 years old, and that 11-year difference is a pretty big one. If the Jets want to build a team moving forward they will give Smith the job. If the Jets want to win as soon as possible, then they will give Vick the job. The thing is that the Jets aren't ready to win this season, and they are a year or two away from being a true contender.

4. New Offense

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4. New Offense

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Let's be honest; the 2013 New York Jets' offense was pretty bad. The team did not have a No. 1 receiver or a true No. 1 running back, and Geno Smith was often the scapegoat for the Jets' problems. Now Smith has some true weapons on offense, and Eric Decker, Jace Amaro and Chris Johnson will help take some pressure of the young QB. Smith doesn't need to be the hero on every single play.

3. Time to Learn

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3. Time to Learn

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Geno Smith was thrown right into the fire his rookie season, and he took some bumps along the way. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, sat early on in his career and had a chance to learn so let's not jump all over Smith and blame him for one bad year. Smith finally has a full offseason to work as the Jets' No. 1 quarterback, and like anything, time to learn is often a good thing. Just remember Peyton Manning's first-year stats, 26 TDs and 28 INTs.

2. John Idzik

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2. John Idzik

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When John Idzik joined the Jets he was left with a pretty difficult situation. The team had no quarterback, a lot of big contracts and to be honest, a pretty dim future. In 2013, the big man in the front office put his stamp on the team when he took Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft. Smith is an Idzik guy, and even though Marty Mornhinweg coached Vick in Philadelphia, I'm pretty sure Idzik has more say in the end.

1. Second Chance

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1. Second Chance

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Playing in New York is different than playing in Jacksonville; I get that. But wanting to get rid of a guy for one bad season is not the right thing to do, and I'm confident it won't happen. Despite some poor play from Smith, he was actually quite good at times during the season. He finished the season on a high note, and he pretty much saved Rex Ryan's job with his strong play. Smith deserves another shot at QB, and I hope that he gets it.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

 


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