I think it is safe to say that the New York Jets fan base for the most part want immediate results. They want a winner and they want to win every game. Of course that’s what every fan of every team wants, but when you are a fan of a franchise that hasn’t won the big won in some time and are supposed to be rebuilding, sometimes you need to take a step back and look at the decisions the Jets make and realize maybe it’s long term decisions vs. short term gratification when it comes to the management’s philosophy.
Case in point: Rex Ryan announced yesterday that he is staying with Geno Smith at the quarterback position. Many Jets fans, from what I see on Twitter, want the Jets to replace Smith with Simms. It is clear to me that the Jets need to find out if Geno Smith is the future of the franchise. This full season is Geno’s 16 game audition. Pulling him out of the starting role would make no sense what so ever, no matter how much the rookie struggles.
“Right now, I would feel he gives us the best chance to win,” Ryan said.
Ryan refused to say whether he considered starting backup Matt Simms, a first-year player whose only experience came in two mop-up outings. He also dodged a question about whether he’d give Simms some first-team reps in practice this week.
Matt Simms is not the future of the Jets. He wasn’t drafted but signed as an udrafted free agent. He was a long shot to make the team and kudos to him for being the backup but a lot of moons aligned (Sanchez Injury, Garrard Injury) to put him in this position.
I truly believe that if Simms supporters got their wish, they would see worse results. The fact remains that the Jets have holes at wide receiver, poor play at the offensive line and play calling to minimize quarterback mistakes. I agree with Rex that Geno Smith gives the Jets the best option to win games and that we must ride out the storm.
If Geno fails the “audition” then it’s back to the drawing board in 2014. I personally think we can’t afford to keep hitting reset on the QB. Here is hoping the rookie starts to make drastic improvement in these final games.