Enough is Enough. I'm Over Geno Smith
by John Jastremski
Aug 19, 2015 | 11073 views | 0 0 comments | 359 359 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Let me preface the start of this column by saying I do not by any means condone the actions of I.K. Enemkpali last week at Jets camp. By no means was it okay for a fringe player to break the jaw of Geno Smih, sidelining the de facto starting quarterback.

It’s the sort of thing that should never happen in an NFL locker room. Fights are one thing, but breaking the jaw of your quarterback? It would lead you to believe that Geno Smith doesn’t exactly have the backing of every player wearing the green and white.

Nor can I blame them. For starters, it’s not like Geno Smith was totally innocent in the matter with Empekali.

It just never ends with this quarterback. I’m ready to pull the plug on the tired act that is Geno Smith as quarterback of the New York Jets.

Whether it’s paying a debt owed to a teammate, missing a team meeting before a game in San Diego or disobeying the orders of doctors and his head coach by throwing a football shirtless two days after jaw surgery, it just seems this guy has the wrong answer for any sort of controversy.

Geno Smith can’t escape negative headlines.

Leadership qualities are something that you cannot teach, however at the quarterback position in the National Football League they are a necessity.

In order to be a long-term solution at the quarterback position for a team, you need to have that “it” factor. When you’re in the huddle, in the locker room, on and off the field it is an absolute must to to give off that belief that you are the man right for the job.

When has Geno Smith ever given you that vibe as a Jets fan? In meaningless games at the end of the year against the Miami Dolphins?

Not good enough. Unless you just want your quarterback to make me miserable as a tortured Dolphins fan. Then well, Geno Smith is pretty good at that.

I think the Jet franchise and fan base is striving for more out of their quarterback.

Yes, it’s very unfortunate that Geno Smith broke his jaw, but ask yourself this question: are the Jets in a worse spot with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback?

The answer to that question to me is an obvious “no.”

I’m not the biggest Ryan Fitzptrick fan. He has his flaws as a quarterback and at times has proven to be a turnover machine. However, look at his numbers last year with the Houston Texans.

Seventeen touchdowns and eight interceptions. When has Geno Smith ever put up numbers remotely close to that?

He hasn’t. Not in two-plus years as Jets quarterback.

Fitzpatrick is a professional. He knows offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system and will put veteran wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in a position to succeed.

Fitzpatrick is exactly what first year head coach Todd Bowles is looking for. A quarterback who brings professionalism, leadership and veteran savvy to a position that desperately needs it.

Sunday’s comments by Coach Bowles made it pretty clear to me that if Ryan Fitzpatrick gets off to a good start with the Jets in 2015 he will remain the quarterback.

For the Jets chances of success in 2015, that’s the best news you could have gotten.

Geno Smith is never figuring it out. Forget about the rave reviews in training camp or the teases he would show you from time to time.

You have a better chance of getting a base hit off Matt Harvey or Dellin Betances than you do seeing Geno Smith as your longterm quarterback solution.

Between the play on the field and the nonsense off the field, enough is enough.

It’s time to move on.

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