It wouldn’t be the New York Jets unless they were trying to keep up with the latest trends. Turns at that’s exactly what they’re doing, as they plan to put together a read-option package for Geno Smith.
Which may or may not mean that Mark Sanchez will remain the team’s starting quarterback, while Geno Smith focuses on a more specialized, Tebow-esque role.
“I know what everybody is thinking,” coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday at minicamp. “If we did that, it would be like, ‘Oh, didn’t we try that last year?’ But certainly, that’s a possibility.”
… “I think he’s got the athleticism to do that,” Ryan said. “They didn’t run a whole lot of zone reads [at West Virginia], but he has the skill set to where there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to do that.
… “I think you have to be smart with what you ask your quarterback to do — or you’re going to need a whole bunch of them,” he continued. “That’s why I think people are going to start attacking quarterbacks. But running for first downs and touchdowns, that’s how the league is going to progress to these things.”
This sounds like a solid game plan, Ryan. Rattle your future quarterbacks confidence by constricting him to a run-first role and stick with the butt-fumble guy. Makes sense.
Read-option or not, it shouldn’t effect the Jets ultimate outcome of a decidedly sub-par 4-12. Just as it won’t make it any more likely that people select the Jets playbook in Madden 25.