The Jets empty threats to bench Geno Smith

The Jets Quarterback is Geno Smith or Future Geno Smith

9/20/13 in NFL   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) rolls out of the pocket during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.  The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsThe implied threat that the Jets are going with Geno Smith as their quarterback on a week-to-week basis is one without teeth. They’re making a baseless assertion to try and give the rookie motivation to perform better. Whether Smith looks at his backups – Matt Simms and Brady Quinn – and does the math is up to him, but the reality of the situation dictates that Smith will be the starter unless he out-and-out embarrasses himself and the Jets have no choice but to yank him.
 
If Mark Sanchez were healthy, there’s still a debate as to who would’ve started the first three games of the season. While the Jets are invested in Smith and would already have unloaded Sanchez were it not for his contract and injury, they might have started Sanchez at the beginning of the season to increase his potential trade value and avoid sending the signal to the rest of the team that they were going to use factors other than on-field performance to determine who their starters would be. No coach or organization is going to willingly put themselves in the position where the players don’t think they have to perform and work as hard as they can to keep their jobs. And yes, that includes even a dysfunctional organization like the Jets. Sanchez got hurt and they had to start Smith earlier than anticipated.
 
Considering the likelihood of the Jets contending for a playoff spot this season being nearly non-existent no matter who the quarterback is, Smith probably would be rumored to be replacing Sanchez by now if Sanchez had won the job out of camp. Due in part to Sanchez’s hazy future with the team and Smith’s draft status, it only makes sense. Because Sanchez was injured and Smith was thrust into the job so quickly, there has to be some form of fear for him to look over his shoulder.
 
But what does he see when he looks over his shoulder? Simms was an undrafted free agent who twice lost his starting job at the University of Tennessee. There’s a certain amount of nostalgia around the Metropolitan area for the name “Simms” because he’s the son of former Giants’ quarterback Phil Simms. Is it possible that his big arm could translate into success in the NFL under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg? Maybe. Will he get that chance? Doubtful. The Jets can’t run the risk of having an undrafted player with a recognizable pedigree outshine the latest quarterback they’ve designated as their “future.” 
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