New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is coming off a terrible rookie season in which he was voted as the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. He completed just 55% of his passes and looked like a deer caught in the headlights each time he was given any kind of pass rush during the season.
Smith had more interceptions  than touchdowns  during the season, and even when he did improve somewhat in the last three games of the season against weak teams, Smith still didn’t shine. He was still largely a mediocre quarterback. The only difference is that he ran the ball a lot.
“The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” Smith said to ESPN. “If I’m No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5.”
Smith might expect to be No.5, but the chances of him being No.5 are slim and none. He has far too many flaws that need to be fixed for him to even get close to the No.5 spot, and he’s not going to fix those flaws with the current Jets’ current coaching staff.
“Let’s take that survey after the season and see where our quarterback ranks,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. “Let’s see where Geno ranks.”
It’s predictable that Ryan would be rooting for Smith, because he obviously green-lighted the drafting of him instead of vetoing the choice made by Jets General Manager John Idzik. Ryan is likely going to go down with the Geno Smith ship at the end of the 2014 season if/when Smith has another horrible season.
The owner of the Jets is going to want to know why Ryan and Idzik drafted Smith in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL draft, and he’s likely to give them booth the boot. Ryan needs to try as best as he can to find some talent in Smith’s body somewhere, because right now he’s the equivalent of a 3rd string quarterback playing as a starter. You wouldn’t see a head coach like Jim Harbaugh letting Geno play because he could get that level of play from his 3rd string quarterbacks.