With veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez out for the season, there is no quarterback controversy in New York. West Virginia rookie Geno Smith has started the first two games of the season, an 18-17 home victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a 13-10 road loss to the New England Patriots. In those two games, Smith is 39-of-73 (53.4%) for 470 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Smith obviously hasn’t been good, but that’s part of being a rookie quarterback on a team that desperately lacks playmakers.
Smith has had his moments (and several drops) and barring injury, will almost certainly be the starting quarterback all season.
Of course, that doesn’t stop the media in New York from stirring things up and asking head coach Rex Ryan is he has thought about playing Matt Simms instead of Smith.
“I think there’s a lot of guys that like Simms. I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Ryan said, via Pro Football Talk. “But to say as our starting quarterback? I don’t see that. But again, I’m obviously not saying that that couldn’t happen, or whatever, but we see Geno as our starting quarterback now and that’s how we see it.”
Simms was an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee in 2012 and hasn’t seen action in a regular season game.
The Jets will host the Buffalo Bills at 4:25 pm EST Sunday.