With the Jets recent change at quarterback, the Jets are now on DEFCON 2.
You know there is a problem at the quarterback position when you are forced to go with Geno Smith as the starter. The Jets have gone from one of the most promising teams going into the season, to being the third worst team in football through the first 6 weeks. They are off to a 1-5 start, and are one loss away from already tying their losses from last year. The missed training camp has truly been an impact on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s performance because he has shown some of the most pathetic performances on a week to week basis. Just to add injury to insult, he has been replaced by Geno Smith.
Geno Smith has been one of the most disappointing quarterbacks to start at quarterback since being drafted. He was supposed to be the replacement of Mark Sanchez, but it seems that he only followed in his footsteps until his starting role was taken over by Fitzpatrick after a broken jaw injury last year. Geno as a starter has a record of 11-18, with 27 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Now Geno has the chance to redeem his career and get his first start in 2 years versus the ravens on Sunday.
In retrospect, this is a must win game for the Jets and Geno Smith. This team has to already accept that the division is not winnable, with Buffalo and New England already several games up on them, and has to hope that they get hot and slide into the wild card spot. This team still has to play New England twice, which looks like 2 guaranteed losses on the schedule, and would take their loss total to 7. It is very uncertain for a team with 9 wins to make the wild card, just ask the jets who didn’t even make it with 10 last year, and a loss this weekend would likely send this team to DEFCON 1 with 6 losses in 7 games.
If the Jets can win this weekend and get hot, the schedule does look quite promising outside of the 2 games against New England later this year. After this weekend, they play the Browns, the Dolphins twice, the Rams, the Colts, the 49ers, and the Bills. If this team can get their act together and play like they did last year, this team should be favored or be able to compete in every game for the rest of the year. But this isn’t an easy task to accomplish when you are going to Geno Smith as you quarterback, and not to a Tom Brady coming off of a suspension. Geno Smith is not only having the start to save his career, but he is also having the start to save the Jets season.