The New York Jets‘ decision to use their second round pick on quarterback Geno Smith makes Mark Sanchez’s future with the team unclear.
After taking the Jets to two consecutive AFC East championship games, Mark Sanchez has struggled big-time his last two seasons—he threw 36 interceptions and had 13 fumbles his last two seasons combined. Not numbers that will win a franchise over, especially not one with a new general manager.
With the addition of Geno Smith, the Jets may be looking in a new direction. A direction that may involve Geno Smith leading the way.
But can Smith be that player? Let’s take a look at the quarterback from West Virginia.
In the first-half of his senior season, the quarterback put up some video game-like numbers; he threw for 2,274 yards, 25 touchdowns and zero interceptions, completing 75 percent of his passes. Ridiculous, right? During his last seven games, though, his numbers dropped: in those last seven, he threw 1,931 yards, 17 touchdowns with six interceptions, and his completion percentage dropped to 67 percent.
Smith has a good arm and can throw very well on the run. He has a strong and accurate arm, capable of making all his throws, including seam routes, slants, sideline passes as well as the deep ball, all without losing velocity. He’s not a “running quarterback” but he can make plays with his legs.
At 6’3″, 218 pounds, he’s a big and mobile quarterback that is good in play-action and can be effective in the pistol formation, and the shotgun. With Mornhinweg as the offensive coordinator, Smith has the potential to shine.
So what does that mean for Sanchez?
The Jets now have six quarterbacks on their roster and it’s obvious they won’t keep all. Sanchez is on the hook for $8.25 million whether he plays for the Jets or not. So what will the new Jets GM decide? Would he rather pay to have Sanchez play elsewhere?