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New York Jets’ Geno Smith Still the Starting Quarterback, Feels Sense of Urgency

December 3rd, 2013 at 9:39 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets offense has been putrid over the recent three-game losing streak, with poor play at quarterback taking center stage. Geno Smith was benched in two of those games in favor of Matt Simms, though the switch didn't lead to the Jets offense suddenly lighting things up. Geno Smith still holds the job as the team's starting quarterback. There are certainly other factors in the offensive futility, with a weak supporting cast not doing much to help Geno Smith. Along with the delicacy of managing the potentially-fragile ego of a rookie quarterback, Rex Ryan is trying to win games with a frustrated fan base growing tired of the losses.

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There are questions as to who is actually making the final decision when it comes to the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. John Idzik has plenty riding on the success of Geno Smith after drafting him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Rex Ryan, whether coaching for his job or not, is best-served not running afoul of his new general manager.

Whatever the final reason, Geno Smith is still entrenched as the starter instead of Matt Simms or David Garrard. With the Jets offense scuffling to put together anything resembling a professional offensive attack recently, the calls for a change have grown louder. When Matt Simms entered the game on Sunday he was given a warm welcome by the fans who should have all been rocking the Gang Green collection at MetLife Stadium. The offense produced three points with Simms under center.

For his part, Geno Smith says he hears the wake up call loud and clear:

"If it was a tactic to wake me up or get me going, it definitely worked because right now I definitely feel a sense of urgency," Smith told reporters in regards to being pulled after halftime.

Geno Smith feels a sense of urgency, but will he play with one? The Jets offense has been sleepwalking the past three weeks, and it's almost disturbing that it took a second benching in three weeks to elicit such a response. Of course, it could stem from the perceived (lack of) competition on the roster, hearkening back to the days of the calls for greater competition for Mark Sanchez.

David Garrard hasn't been active all season and hasn't played in a regular season game since 2010. He was originally part of the Jets quarterback competition, but retired in the offseason due to knee issues. Matt Simms hasn't seen extended playing time since he played in 10 games for the University of Tennessee in 2010. He was unable to hang on to the starting job.

Again, quarterback is far from the only problem area on offense. The Jets lack talent at just about all the skill positions and after a strong start the offensive line has faltered recently. Still, the Jets have not figured out the quarterback position under Rex Ryan, despite spending high draft picks and plenty of money on the position.

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, David Garrard, Football, Geno Smith, John Idzik, Mark Sanchez, Matt Simms, MetLife Stadium, New York, New York Jets, NFL, offense, regular season, Rex Ryan

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