Mac Is Sacked and Geno Is on Track, But Can Rex Still Change Course?
The Jets had not one, but two QB competitions in August. Greg McElroy was able to survive and somehow topple Tebowmania last year, but couldn’t overcome more injuries and camp surprise Matt Simms this year. So as Mark Sanchez nurses the shoulder injury the team will look to Geno Smith with Simms as the backup.
Now reports conflict to whether the Jets were planning to go with Sanchez or Smith in week one before the 4th quarter against the Giants took place, but let’s face it. How many of us will believe any Jets coach or higher up’s claims now after the fact anyway, as to what side they were on prior to #6’s shoulder injury.
The real question for Rex Ryan. is what happens if Geno crumbles and he has a good hunch about Simms? The fourth QB in a two man battle who actually outplayed the other three, albeit with and against second string units.
Will Rex side with the hopes of some job security and John Idzik’s designs of a full dose of Geno even through massive growing pains? Or will he risk going against his boss by giving Simms a shot. Would he consider handing the unpopular Sanchez a final chance in New York should he feel that the Jets could be better off by doing so?
This is a hypothetical based off of the idea that Smith will fail we know, and hey wouldn’t it be great if Smith just lit it up out of the gates. We wonder though, is this QB thing now on auto pilot? Does anyone with a Jets headset have the power to change course if the rookie tanks while the D and run game prove to be viable enough to make December games meaningful?
Rex Was At The Clemson Game, So What
Word broke Sunday morning that Ryan was at the Clemson game Saturday where his son is a walk on. Some local media folks alluded to the fact that Ryan should have been in Florham on cut day instead. That him being at a college game on such a day was proof of an eroding influence with the Jets.
Ryan is certainly not the same guy he was around here. It is easy to see that. At pressers he sounds in control as much as he does controlled. He is almost too afraid to come off arrogant or boastful.
This can’t continue all year. Rex has to revisit being at least a portion of himself, even if it is a toned down version. One that is void of middle fingers in Miami and goddamn snacks at the practice facility. Rex was personable, confident, fun and fun to listen to. We hope that over a few pre game college football beers, he was reminded of the frat boy enthusiasm he initially arrived here with.
Rex didn’t have to be anywhere specifically on Saturday in our eyes.
He just has to find that spark again. Has to enjoy being the HC, despite the unsettling circumstances that surround him. This year will be treacherous for him if he can’t.
– Ryan Spadola will contribute weekly.
– Kyle Wilson and Stephen Hill will frustrate fans consistently.
– The Jets will remind fans to be patient with Geno, but the boos will rain down on him if he plays like Sanchez too.
– Sheldon Richardson is going to blow up a lot of inside runs and pockets in the passing game.
– The Jets better find a punt returning option that is more aggressive than a Jeremy Kerley fair catch. At least seven points a game will depend on that lost or gained field position.
– Hurry up back Tone. Please.
Test The Waters Around The Island
Here we go. Our first regular season thought. Jets. Bucs. Week 1. With it, the return of guess who? It seems like ages ago that he left doesn’t it?
We don’t suggest swimming freely after dark around Revis island, but the Jets have to see how #24 is moving right now. If he is favoring any one type of push off or direction, we expect that to be additional info added into the immediate gameplan. Play smart around Revis Island, but don’t play scared either.
As for a Jets prediction on 2013, hey we hear what the analysts are saying. Three wins. Four wins. The Clowney sweepstakes. What if the defense gels up front? What if the Mornhinweg system truly helps to spread the rock? As the QB situation calms down. Imagine that scenario. Boom.