Simms "has some real support to play" at QB for Jets

Some in Jets organization want Simms to start at QB

9/16/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When looking at the small sample size that Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has provided us as a professional, you can analyze it in one of two ways. The first way would be that he led the Jets to victory in their season opener against the Buccaneers, then was within a field goal of topping Tom Brady and the Patriots in New England. The other way to look at it, however, is that Smith luckily beat a Bucs team loaded with turmoil due to a boneheaded personal foul that put the Jets in field goal range, then could not even score 14 points (which would have been enough to win) on a Patriots defense that gave up 21 to the Bills the previous week.

Blog Photo - Simms "has some real support to play" at QB for JetsI'm sure that Jets fans are divided between these two views on Smith's two-game career, and it appears that members of the Jets organization are at least somewhat split as well. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, backup quarterback Matt Simms "has some real support to play" within the Jets organization.

It's not all that shocking that the Jets would want to let Smith sit on the bench for a little while, as he is raw and has turned the ball over five times in their two games. What is surprising, however, is that they would want to stick Simms - an undrafted free agent who has never played a down of regular season NFL football - in as the starting quarterback.

Simms played terrific football in the preseason, completing 74.6 percent of his passes at 8.1 yards per attempt with no turnovers, but he was playing against defenses loaded with roster bubble type players. Apparently, what he has shown against back-end NFL talent and in practice has been enough to lead some in the organization to believe he is the best option at quarterback.

The potential move of starting Simms over Smith is very well in an embryonic stage, but it is worth noting that Simms allegedly has support from his team. This could also be a rumor generated by the Jets in an attempt to motivate Smith, who seemingly had the starting quarterback job completely locked up with only an undrafted free agent (Simms) and a monumental draft bust (Brady Quinn) behind him on the depth chart.

We'll have to see Smith struggle pretty badly for a few more games before the Jets sit their second-round pick, but keep an eye on what Smith does over the next few weeks. More struggles like his Thursday night performance (three interceptions, 27.6 passer rating) could get Simms some serious consideration behind center.

For those of you wondering, Matt Simms is the son of Super Bowl champion quarterback Phil Simms, as well as the brother of former Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms.
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