Despite an unimpressive pre-season, Geno Smith has officially been named the starting quarterback for the Jets when the team faces off against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.
Smith basically won the job by default after Mark Sanchez hurt his shoulder against the Giants. It’s unclear when Sanchez will be back to 100 percent, but reports are saying he will be out a few weeks, if not longer.
Second year quarterback Matt Simms was the best Jets quarterback during the pre-season, but is too inexperienced to be a starter right now.
In two pre-season games, Smith completed 59.5 percent of his passes, threw 3 interceptions, and 1 touchdown while accumulating a 54.6 rating.
After watching him against the Lions and the Giants, Geno’s simply not ready, but the Jets had no one else to turn to.
His job gets even harder since the Jets have 2 games in 5 days to start the season, with the 2nd game happening a week from Thursday in Foxborough.
Based on the way the Jets offense is shaping together, Smith’s first week in the NFL could get ugly. The entire receiving core is a major question mark, with the only reliable receiver being Jeremy Kerley and former 2nd round pick Vlad Ducasse being named the starting left guard.
Jets fans shouldn’t panic though if the team struggles because let’s face it, the Jets aren’t going anywhere this season. A 3-13 or 4-12 season could be for the betterment of the franchise.
Who knows, maybe Smith will shock everyone and lead the Jets back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. It all begins on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.