Oh, hey, when did the circus get back into town? Apparently this week. It was reported by Rich Cimini of ESPN that the New York Jets are considering a Tebow-like role for rookie QB Geno Smith—you know, because it worked so well the first time around with Tebow.
Head coach Rex Ryan told the media today that the Jets might develop a read-option package for Geno Smith, if Mark Sanchez wins the starting job, giving the rookie some time on the field.
Here’s the thing, though: Geno Smith is more of a pocket-passer than a mobile quarterback. West Virginia rarely used designed runs with Smith. Smith wasn’t an effective runner in college, scrambling for only 253 yards. In 11 designed rushes, Smith averaged 2.6 yards per rush.
Yes, Smith has athleticism, but has almost no experience with read-option packages. “I think he’s got the athleticism to do that,” Ryan said. “They didn’t run a whole lot of zone reads at West Virginia, but he has the skill set to where there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to do that.” Perfect.
Wasn’t something similar said about Tim Tebow when he joined the Jets?
If Mark Sanchez beats Smith in the quarterback competition, Smith should just sit back, learn and get more familiar with the playbook, not be used as a gimmick.