Rex Ryan has named Geno Smith the starting quarterback for week one when the New York Jets battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It seems that Smith didn’t win the job, but rather was given the job because of the injury to Mark Sanchez. Sanchez injured his shoulder against the New York Giants in the Jets third preseason game when Ryan elected to play Sanchez with the backups. Smith basically was given the job by default but now has an opportunity to seize the moment and take it from Sanchez for the rest of the season.
Now the daunting question is can Geno Smith forget about his atrocious performance against the Giants, in which he tossed up three interceptions and was sacked for a safety. A big knock on Smith coming out of West Virginia University was that he was very immature and got down on himself and the team when he performed poorly. The Jets aren’t expected to be great this season, but Smith will have to show leadership and poise if he wants to gain the belief from his teammates and coaches.
Backing up Geno Smith on Sunday will be new addition Brady Quinn. The Jets signed Quinn and cut Graham Harrell after Quinn didn’t make the Seattle Seahawks’ roster.
My biggest question will be if Smith plays poorly, will Ryan go to Sanchez in week two if he’s healthy? It is hard to pull a rookie quarterback after one week because of the concern of ruining his confidence, but Sanchez did perform better in camp. If Smith seizes the moment and looks like the permanent starter moving forward, it will be interesting to see what GM John Idzik decides to do with Sanchez.
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes was listed as a starter on the depth chart for the first time this since training camp began. Ryan hopes Holmes can play Sunday but it is doubtful.