New York Jets: This is Geno Smith’s Last Chance


This is it. Football is near. The 2015 New York Jets are close to taking the field. This season is Geno Smith‘s last chance. I have written before about how and why he can be apart of the Jets future, but something that he must realize is that this is his last chance. If he falters this season, it will be his final season in Green and White as the starting Quarterback.

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With a receiving core better than he has ever had, really that the Jets have had in the last 10 years as Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith were added to Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, and a running game that shows promise, he must succeed. He has the tools, it’s why a new coaching staff and new GM haven’t given up on him. His tools and natural ability are what keep fans, executives, and coaches still believing. However, that can only take you so far.

This season Geno will have to show improvement with his field vision, decision making, and even the numbers he puts up. He can look the part and win a couple more games than last year, but if he throws 20-plus interceptions again, will it really matter? Geno Smith has thrown 21 and 13 interceptions in each of his first two seasons. Jets fans, myself included, are tired of interceptions.

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Mark Sanchez, like Geno, had his moments, but he too turned the ball over like THAT was his job. I’m not even going to mentioned that unfortunate play that ESPN ran into the ground. We have had a turnover-prone QB at the helm of the offense for more than half a decade now, and we are tired.

To his credit, Geno Smith has more natural ability and has showed more flash than Mark Sanchez ever did, even in 2010 when the Jets looked like a real Super Bowl team. Again, his natural ability is why fans and coaches haven’t given up on him. However, this is it. Once more into the fire with Geno Smith.  This offseason he or the coaching staff will have to come up with a way for him to limit his turnovers, and it might be a simple fix.

Sep 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) prepares to throw the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There is one aspect of Geno’s game that if he changed, I believe we would see immediate results. If Geno would run the football more, even if it was only for 3 or 4 yards and then ducked out of bounds, it would add an element to his game other teams would need to gameplay for. If Geno would not force the ball and run two yards up the field and slide it could cut down on his turnovers and buy the offense more chances.

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In two months, this could be the beginning of the end or it could be the beginning of something new. Maybe it’s finally time for the Jets and their fans to get a real Franchise QB, and maybe Geno Smith can finally be that guy.

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