According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the New York Jets haven’t been very impressed with rookie quarterback Geno Smith so far this spring.
Listen to Rex Ryan, and you come away with the impression he’d rather crochet a sweater than start Mark Sanchez at quarterback. Ryan’s tone has been, um, less than enthusiastic. But guess what? He might have little choice. Judging from what I’ve seen and heard, rookie Geno Smith hasn’t blown anybody away, the way Russell Wilson did last season when he walked into the Seahawks’ facility. It’s still early and things could change, but the way this is headed, it’ll be Sanchez versus the Bucs in Week 1. That’s the way it should be. Unless Smith is lights-out in the preseason, the Jets should open with Sanchez.
As much as the organization would like to start over at quarterback, it wouldn’t be prudent to throw a rookie into a fire. And it’ll be a blazing fire. Think about it: new offensive system; limited weaponry; difficult schedule. You’d do it with Andrew Luck, but Smith is no Luck. Of the past 11 quarterbacks drafted in the second round, only one started Week 1 as a rookie — the Bengals’ Andy Dalton in 2011. Smith throws a pretty ball, but it’ll take more than that to win over the coaches and his teammates. Like it or not, it’ll be Sanchez to start. How long he lasts, well, that’s a different story.
It’s still early and the Jets would be fooling themselves if they believe Smith is going to come in right away and save their franchise overnight. It’s only the spring right now. Let’s see how he progresses throughout the preseason.