Ignoring insane rumors about starting Matt Simms, Geno Smith must remain the New York Jets’ quarterback


Geno Smith is, and always will be, a better quarterback than Matt Simms.

With Jets rookie Geno Smith experiencing difficulties on the gridiron, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports backup quarterback Matt Simms “has some real support to play” inside New York’s organization.

Chosen 39th overall out of West Virginia, the 22-year-old Smith suffered an ankle injury in August and performed unevenly throughout the preseason.

Still, the 6-foot-2, 218 pound Smith was named New York’s starter and has thrown one touchdown, against four interceptions, for 470 yards over two games.

Once projected as a top-10 prize by many pundits, the former Mountaineer has also rushed nine times for 64 yards.

Of particular concern, Smith has completed a porous 53.4% of his throws.

“Should Geno (Smith) struggle, worth watching,” said Schefter.

Comparatively, a 24-year-old undrafted free agent out of Tennessee, Simms unseated Greg McElroy this summer to hold a clipboard for Smith.

Poised in the pocket and blessed with a strong arm, quick release and encouraging intangibles, the 6-foot-3, 210 pound Simms connected on 74.6% of his 59 attempts without committing a turnover against scrubs in exhibition contests.

However, Phil’s youngest son is historically inconsistent and erratic with the ball.

In fact, the middling Volunteer was so unsteady in Knoxville that the MVP of Super Bowl XXI challenged Desmond Howard to throw fists after the ESPN analyst harshly criticized Matt.

Competing in the mediocre AFC East, New York’s surprised many critics and Smith has certainly been the Jets’ primary handicap.

Regardless, rather than using an untested and unaccomplished signal-caller, Gang Green must stick with the truly promising Smith.

Although difficult to currently realize, Smith is an accurate passer with precise touch on the pigskin.

The relocated Morgantown resident absolutely needs to improve his footwork and become competent taking snaps under center.

Nevertheless, for both the present and future, Geno Smith is the premier option to fly the Jets in East Rutherford.

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