Is it Fair to put all the Offensive Struggles on Geno Smith?

Is it Fair to put all the Offensive Struggles on Geno Smith?

Geno Smith is a rookie, and yes he is struggling. In his post game conference, he was asked what “what isn’t clicking” in regards to his last couple of games, and Geno responded that he doesn’t want to put his finger on any one issue.  If he was open to the question, maybe he would say he has happy feet, he’s a deer in headlights, the game is too fast, he’s locking in on his first read or maybe that’s what a fan would say watching the games.

Geno’s answer is the type one gives to dodge the question and give a vanilla answer, and to be honest I would have given the same answer.

The question that needs to be answered, is this all Geno’s fault for the poor play of the offense or can we look elsewhere:

  • The Offensive Line is Swiss cheese with all the holes
  • The wide receivers are non-existent with three catches from a WR in the Ravens game.  Where is Stephen Hill?
  • The coaching staff clearly doesn’t trust Geno with the ball and has put in a game plan to minimize Geno’s touches.  Can you win a game when you handcuff your QB?

Now many fans are saying that the real issue is Rex Ryan.  He is setting up his quarterback for failure.  I mean, it almost seems like we are seeing a clone in Mark Sanchez from the last couple of seasons.  Everyone knows that Rex Ryan isn’t an offensive minded coach, and he is brilliant when it comes to defense, but as we go further into the season, it appears that Rex jumps in and out of the coaching hot seat.

Will GM John Idzik keep Rex on board, is Geno failing his audition, and will the team take a different direction in the upcoming weeks in regards to the starting QB?  With the playoffs still in reach (I know, can you believe it), the Jet must decide if they are going to make a run and the post season with a struggling rookie, or a veteran who hasn’t seen the field.  Oh, and then there is the option to play Matt Simms, but in my honest opinion, is not the future of the franchise.  He is a great raw talent but so is Geno.

 

I think the Jets made their bed with Geno and they should take the cuffs off the rookie and let it fly.  Of course, with all the bullet points I made above, will that be enough for Geno to dig himself out of the hole the Jets have put him in?

  • BklynJerry

    I’m tired of the conservative game planning. Let him throw it deep. He’s got the arm.

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      Yes but… Doesn’t that cause more turnovers?

      • Raj Chudgar

        Chicken-egg scenario. Current conservative gameplan allows defense to load box and sit on routes,and leads to 3rd and longs, all of which causes TOs.

        • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

          I’m with sb3champs though… take off the hand cuffs and let him let it fly. NOW, the issue is the wide receivers. If guys can’t get open AND they drop balls (6) last game, the guy is going to get frustrated or worse, lose confidence in the player. I think he’s all but given up on Hill.

          • sb3champs

            I think Salas can go get it and ditto Nelson. We will never know unless we utilize our players.

          • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

            Yeah and Hill has been just a disappoint to me. I want to love that guy but he’s been a ghost.

          • sb3champs

            Hill will get it turned around in time. too much talent to waste. I wish hed fight for the ball!

          • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

            I wish he’d be more aggressive as well…

      • sb3champs

        It could result in INTS but it could also open up the field for the run game to prosper. Then Geno will come alive! He has a great arm.

  • sb3champs

    No QB can survive for long with ultra conservative game plans and a poor run game. The receivers are another story and the OL is horrible. Its a stacked deck against Geno.

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      Didn’t everyone say the SAME thing about Mark Sanchez though?

      • sb3champs

        oops. I posted in the wrong location. Yes same was said about Sanchez and it was true. Geno has vastly more talent then Mark and he must be allowed to use it! As Parcells said: IF YOU HAVE A CANNON, FIRE IT!

        • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

          Yeah I agree with you… Fire away.

          • sb3champs

            we can win three or four more games. We must try. If Geno has lost confidence, yes, lets sit him down for a game. but Id hesitate to use SIMMS. Id try Garrard first.

  • sb3champs

    Yes they did. But Sanchez does not have the talent that Geno possesses. The guy can run and throw. REX is keeping him in a bad way. He did do it to Sanchez too. It can not be allowed to go on much longer. The NFL is now a passing league.

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      Tell that to Rex or whoever is calling the plays. PLEASE stop the wild cat. I can’t stand it.

      • sb3champs

        Me too! In fact I hate it!