A franchise quarterback. Why is it so hard for the New York Jets to find a franchise quarterback? Not one draft pick could end up being the diamond in the rough? Not one free agent signal caller could fall into the Jets hands? Not one player after all of these years could emerge as a prominent face of the franchise and lead this team to the promised land?
The benching of quarterback Geno Smith in favor of Michael Vick was the right move to make by Rex Ryan. Smith appeared unprepared on Sunday throwing three interceptions in the first quarter. For the sake of accountability Ryan had to sit Geno. But the move now stirs up a litany of questions for Gang Green as the franchise once again tries to figure out the future for the quarterback position.
Is Geno in the mix?
This season was supposed to be an audition for Geno Smith as he tried to build off of his inconsistent rookie campaign. Well after 8 games what did the New York Jets learn about Geno? Smith can make all of the throws but his propensity to turn the football over has become ridiculously concerning. How much of this is due to the learning curve of the NFL as compared to the inability to read defenses? Or can you associate some of Smith’s struggles to the lack of a consistent running game, which puts pressure on the offense to pass the football? The answers to these questions will determine Geno Smith’s future.
There is a very good chance that Geno Smith will return to his starting spot this season. Will the young signal caller maximize his time off of the field to improve his play on it? And if so, will it be a case of too little too late? At this point I think it is safe to assume that the New York Jets will have to bring in competition for Geno Smith next season. Smith cannot be handed the job, so it has to be a true fight for the starting position. Will the player be a high NFL draft pick? Well, you can make a very good argument that this has become an awful environment for young quarterbacks. A veteran free agent? How many potential franchise quarterbacks do you see hit the open market? Make a trade for a unknown commodity like Kirk Cousins or Johnny Football?
A fine mess
The NFL is a quarterback driven league that is catered to high flying passing attacks. Heading into 2015 the New York Jets will once again be trying to identify the pilot to their offense. If quarterbacks could only grow on trees.