Throughout the entire summer the big question surrounding the New York Jets has been their quarterback controversy, or really lack thereof. If you ask Geno Smith who the starting quarterback of the Jets will be on opening day, he would say himself. If you ask Michael Vick the same exact question, he would likely agree, saying Smith will be the starting quarterback. Smith has also gotten over 70 percent of the practice reps with the first team offense and has played more minutes than Vick in the preseason.
So how is there even a competition between Smith and Vick?
Well, for some odd reason, maybe for more publicity, the Jets’ coaching staff and organization as a whole have not officially named a starting quarterback for opening day yet, leaving the media and fans to speculate.
However, if there was any doubt as to who the Jets’ starting quarterback will be in Week 1, Smith proved with his performance in tonight’s preseason game against the New York Giants that he is the “unofficial” starting quarterback for the Jets.
Smith was not spectacular by any means, but all head coach Rex Ryan, and the fans, want out of Smith is to be a good game manager, and Smith did exactly that after having a disaster preseason game against the Giants in his rookie season last year.
Tonight though, in Smith’s one half of play against the Giants, he went 9/14 for 137 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and 17 yards rushing. Sounds like a game managing performance to me.
Also, Ryan said just before the start of the game that he would like to see Smith’s completion percentage consistently over 60 percent and his game tonight resulted in a completion percentage just north of 64 percent.
In my opinion, Smith was going to be the starting quarterback for the Jets to start the season no matter what. But if he can replicate his preseason performances into the regular season, then not only will he be the starting quarterback in Week 1, but also throughout the entire season as well.