The New York Jets need to stop kidding themselves. Geno Smith continues to prove time and time again he doesn’t have what it takes to play quarterback in the National Football League, and it’s time for both sides to move in a different direction. The Jets should cut Geno Smith.
If Ryan Fitzpatrick ever gets hurt, there’s no way head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan can say with a straight face with how impressive Bryce Petty has performed when given an opportunity that Geno Smith would give the Jets a better chance to win, because that would be a blatant lie.
On Friday night against the Redskins, Geno did what Geno typically does. He stunk up the joint. Geno completed just 6/13 passes for 47 yards, a horrendously awful interception, and a laughable 23.6 passer rating. Not to mention the fact that Geno continuously blows off the media. That is not the kind of person any NFL team should want as the face of their franchise.
Geno Smith did speak to reporters after the game. #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 20, 2016
The utter lack of maturity displayed by Geno throughout his time with the Jets, whether it be yelling expletives at fans during games, allowing himself to get sucker punched in the face because he was unable to handle an argument over an irrelevant amount of money, and when you consider that his career statistics are nothing short of mediocre, at some point enough has to be enough.
For his career, Geno has thrown 27 touchdowns compared to 35 interceptions, and has completed just 57.9 percent of his passes. That’s atrocious.
The reason Geno becomes expendable is because you knew going into the season Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the starter, and you can’t cut Christian Hackenberg after using a second round pick on him in the NFL draft, and it would be a major stretch to keep four quarterbacks on the roster, leaving it up to Petty and Geno to battle for the No. 2 spot. So far during the preseason, it hasn’t even been a real competition.
Petty looked spectacular, albeit against guys who likely won’t be playing meaningful snaps in the NFL this season, against the Redskins. Petty completed 16/26 passes (61%) for 242 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating nearly 100 points higher than Geno while playing the entire second half. He showed he could make every throw, and has something Geno will seemingly never have, maturity.
To be clear, I’m not saying Petty is going to be the next Joe Namath, but if given the choice of who I’d rather have out there should Fitzpatrick get hurt, you’d be a fool if you picked Geno over Petty.
The Jets and Geno Smith go together almost as bad as oil and water, Bryce Petty is a significantly better option to be the No. 2 to Ryan Fitzpatrick and it’s time for Gang Green to say goodbye to Geno Smith. Thanks for the memories!