By Eric Saddler: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan plans on having his 2nd round draft choice quarterback Geno Smith learn a number of read option plays that he can use him for in substituting him in Jets offense in place of starter Mark Sanchez this season to keep the defenses off balance.
Smith would come in and run a read option play or two and then exit for Sanchez. In other words, the same tired plan that the Jets tried very briefly last season with Tim Tebow coming in and mostly running the ball. The San Francisco 49ers also used this strategy with then backup Colin Kaepernick coming in and replacing starter Alex Smith for read option plays.
It worked well with the 49ers, but Alex Smith wasn’t happy with it because he felt it hurt ability to get any kind of momentum going, so the plan was quickly scraped despite it’s success.
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewyork.com said this on his twitter “Ryan said they could have a read option packaged for Geno Smith even if he’s the backup. Kind like the…uh, Tebow, plan.”
This would have a possibility of success if Geno Smith had any running ability but he doesn’t. He averaged 1.4 yards per carry for 342 yards on 245 carries through four years at West Virginia. Those are just pitiful numbers. A good running quarterback or running back could have 1000 yards rushing with 245 carries like Geno Smith had.
It’s just really strange that Rex Ryan hasn’t figured it out yet that Geno Smith can’t run worth a darn. Once he figures it out he’s going to likely scrap his read option substitute plan just like he scraped his idea of having Tebow come in and run the ball for the Jets last season. Tebow was a success in what they asked him to do, but Ryan abandoned it anyway for some unknown reason. I expect him to do the same thing with Geno Smith.