The New York Jets quarterback job is up in the air, but it looks like rookie Geno Smith might be ready to claim it as his own. According to the New York Daily News on Aug. 20, all Smith needs is two turnover-free quarters to win the New York Jets quarterback job.
One beat writer claims that the competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith was a “charade” and that Smith had the edge coming into the competition. Despite a rough start after arriving, the Jets’ management wanted a fresh start with Smith behind center and are ready to put the Sanchez era behind them.
In two preseason games, Mark Sanchez has a 63.9 completion percentage for 294 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and an 84.7 rating. Last year’s backup Greg McElroy has a 57.9 completion percentage for 145 yards and one touchdown with a 99.7 rating. Geno Smith has only attempted seven passes so far but completed six of them for 47 yards.
Despite a lack of playing time, Geno Smith is preparing to take over the starting quarterback job. While the Jets fans may be ready for a change, there isn’t enough talent around Smith to help him as a rookie signal caller. If Smith wins the job, this may end up being Rex Ryan’s final season as Jets’ head coach because the season might be a long one for the New York Jets.