By Ed Baylor: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan believes that quarterback Geno Smith really progressed during the season in going from playing poorly to showing a lot of improvement down the stretch run of the season. However, Ryan isn’t saying whether the Jets will use Smith as their starter in 2014.
Ryan said that Smith has come “A million miles,” according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The problem is that Smith was so incredibly poor during his rookie season that the million miles he’s come to get to where he is now, it’s not enough. Smith is still a mediocre quarterback at best with tons of flaws in his game that the Jets coaching staff may never get rid of. In other words, Smith isn’t the guy that will take the Jets to the next level if Ryan insists on stubbornly staying the course with him in 2014. If he does this then his job, and likely the job of the Jets general manager John Idzik, will be in jeopardy due to the Jets likely failing to make the playoffs yet again.
The Jets are expected to sign a free agent quarterback to the team during the off season. They also might draft a quarterback. If they go that route, then they need to focus on selecting a can’t miss quarterback this time around instead of another risky Geno Smith type quarterback. It’s not as if the Jets didn’t have plenty of warnings about Smith not being good enough to play in the NFL, but the Jets chose not to listen to the warnings and drafted him anyway. What they go was a quarterback on the same level of their previous starter Mark Sanchez. Smith completed 55.8 percent of his passes and finished with a passing rating off 66.
“Well, we’ll never say without question because as you know anything in this league can happen,” Ryan told Profootballtalk. “So we’ll let it play out and see what happens but certainly I think he [Smith] played well, especially down the stretch.”
If Ryan stays with Geno Smith as the starter, then you can count on the Jets playing poorly and Ryan losing his job at the end of the season. The Jets need a quarterback with talent, and Smith definitely isn’t it. They need to draft someone like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles.