With Mark Sanchez potentially missing a few weeks with a bruised joint in his throwing shoulder, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, it is looking more and more like it will be Geno Smith who gets the start when the Jets take the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September the 8th.
When the Jets opened training camp in early July, the hope was either Smith or Sanchez would run away with the job, and a starter would be named sooner rather than later. The exact opposite happened.
Mark Sanchez continued to make rookie mistakes like extending a play before halftime, when if he just would have thrown the ball away, the Jets would have gotten 3 points. He also had 2 interceptions, and fumbled a snap that he had no excuse to drop.
In the Jets first pre-season game, Geno Smith injured his ankle after only 3 and a half drives and didn’t return. Smith then missed the entire 2nd pre-season game, and returned for the 3rd game against the Giants.
Against the Giants, Geno had a golden opportunity win the job outright. What he did instead was throw 3 interceptions, while accumulating a 45.7 rating.
In defense of Smith, his receivers dropped 5 passes, and he led the Jets to 2 touchdown drives. His performance however, still wasn’t good enough to distinguish himself as the guy.
Once coach Rex Ryan took Smith out in the 4th quarter, he put Mark Sanchez in the game. Sanchez was in a nice rhythm before fumbling a snap on his first drive. We’ve seen that movie before. (Think Monday Night Football against the Titans last season)
On his 2nd drive, Sanchez was drilled by Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin hurting his shoulder on the play. He has yet to throw a football since.
Rex Ryan has been crushed by the media for playing Sanchez in a meaningless game behind the 2nd string offensive line. If Sanchez didn’t get hurt, it would have been a non-story. But since he got hurt, Rex Ryan deserves to be fired. Makes sense.
Matt Simms then saw his first action as a Jet after being signed as an un-drafted free agent in 2012. Simms was far and away the best Jets quarterback in the pre-season, and had a stretch of completing 25 of 27 passes Thursday night, something Mark Sanchez can only dream of doing.
Unfortunately, Simms’s hot play and rocket arm will result at best as him being the 3rd quarterback on the roster, and at worst as being a member of the practice squad.
With Sanchez hurt, and Simms too inexperienced, the Jets answer at quarterback for week one is Geno Smith….by default, which is exactly what the doctor ordered.
*In other Jets news, Dan Carpeneter was stunningly released (not really) meaning Nick Folk will once again be the starting kicker. The Carpenter signing may have been the most pointless transaction in the NFL this year.