Why Geno Smith can be a part of Jets Future


Geno Smith May Not Have Much Competition, But He Has A Chance To Be A Part Of The New York Jets’ Future

Heading into this season Geno Smith will have no more excuses. It’s a boom or bust season for the third year quarterback. This year he will have more weapons, with the additions of Brandon Marshall, Devin Smith, and what one hopes is an improved offensive line. This is the year for Geno to finally rise to his potential.

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Many have lost faith, and some ignorantly ask why acquire good players like Marhsall, Darrelle Revis, and Antonio Cromartie if you “still don’t have a quarterback.” As if a team isn’t supposed to try and get better if they don’t have a legitament “Franchise” quarterback. This asinine argument is for another day, but this offseason spending spree that has brought hope and superstars back to the Jets does make this Smith’s final shot. Even firm believers and defenders, like myself, realize he must show improvement this year.

Additions at Wide Receiver and to the Secondary have made this team very talented. Picking D. Smith in the second round has given the Jets a deep threat they haven’t had in years. Devin has enough speed that even Geno can’t overthrow him. I’m kidding, but in all seriousness this is one of the better Wide Receiving cores in the NFL. The additions of Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy give an added depth to the backfield. New Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey has a lot of toys to work with. While the offensive line is still a question mark, it is improved from last year. Gailey’s scheme of quick passes will no doubt help Geno stay upright, but even so he must get it done either way.

May 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) gets ready to take the snap from New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

There are still issues on this team, its not like they are a QB away from being a Super Bowl contender. However, with solid quarterback play this team can make the playoffs, especially if Tom Brady is suspended for 4 games. The entire division has improved except New England. However, as long as they have Brady for 16 games they can literally line up nobodies at corner (which is what it looks like they are doing). If Brady is out for 4 games (fingers crossed), then this team has a shot at not only the playoffs, but the division crown.

This is the year that Geno can finally prove doubters wrong. This year he can show that with a good offensive staff in place, he can develop, and that he is more than just a flash in the pan kind of player. This year he can show he can be a consistent big time player and give us Jet fans hope. With the lack of real competition, Geno can take the starting job and turn himself into a mainstay with the New York Jets. At only 24 years old and what seems like all the potential in the world, Geno Smith can be a part of Jets future, but only if we see more games like the season finale against Miami. He must show improved decision making and better ball placement. I believe he will have a long leash and time to adjust to a new playbook, but this is the year he can finally breakout.

For the first time since 2011, I am truly excited about a New York Jets football season. Geno Smith has a chance to extend the excitement beyond this year. Let’s hope he is up to the task.

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