The Case For Anyone But Geno Smith (or Ryan Fitzpatrick)

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (90) and defensive end Calais Campbell (93) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The play was ruled an incomplete pass. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

So some people were right all along. It seems that Ryan Fitzpatrick did not deserve the money he was just given this summer in the form of a new contract with the New York Jets. He was good last year after Geno was sucked punched. But the magic has run out.

Monday night Geno Smith came in late in relief of Fitzpatrick and his first two throws were on the money. Two big passes. Momentum was on its way. Or was it?

Smith, who was antsy on the sidelines throwing his baseball cap due to “overall team frustrations,” got his chance. Now we remember that he is still, well, Geno Smith. He is not very good. He studies the game and carries himself well, he has some speed and unlike Fitzpatrick Geno can indeed slide after a QB run, however, that all amounts to one thing: Geno Smith is still not the answer. I do not expect him to return next season.

Two of the four quarterbacks come off the books for Todd Bowles after the 2016 campaign: Ryan Fitzpatrick and the aforementioned Geno Smith. That means Bryce Petty, a fourth round pick, and Christian Hackenberg, last year’s second rounder, might seem some action. And why shouldn’t they?

On SportsCenter Coast to Coast earlier this morning, former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson expressed his frustrations with the organization he once called home. He played in favor of the young gunslingers who are getting relatively no playing time during the week. “You spent the picks on them so you may as well play ’em,” he said.

Yes, Hackenberg never lived up to the hype at Penn State, but the Jets spent last year’s second round selection on him so clearly they see something there. And before that they chose former Baylor QB Bryce Petty. Now I am in favor of one of these guys — and maybe one carves out a future. Maybe Petty breaks down and it goes to Hackenberg. Maybe none of them have a future. One thing is for sure: the Jets have never developed quarterbacks well. They may as well test one of the new guys sooner than later.

At 1-5, the chance they can get it together and make the playoffs is extremely slim to none. They can keep in Fitzpatrick and lose, or they can put in Geno and maybe win a few games. Or they could put in Bryce Petty because he should be the next option due to seniority.

I am in favor of Petty. I am generally overly optimistic, but like Keyshawn says, like I am saying myself, why not give the youngins a chance?

Todd Bowles favors Ryan Fitzpatrick too much. The contract was a mistake and they will have to live with it. At least make a change under center to better the future of your entire organization. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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