Going into the 2015 season, the biggest question for the New York Jets was who would be the starting quarterback? We all got that answer on Wednesday afternoon,it was announced by offensive coordinator Chan Gailey that Geno Smith would be the team’s starting quarterback. Smith is going into his third year in the NFL. He hasn’t had a great start to his NFL career. The first word that comes to many people’s mind when they hear about Geno Smith is inconsistent.
Smith has been a turnover machine in his first two seasons. He has a total of 34 interceptions in the last two years,which is the most turnovers by any quarterback in that span. His inconsistency resulted in the Jets disastrous 4 – 12 season last year. Smith did end the year on a positive note as he became the first and only quarterback last year to post a perfect quarterback rating 158.3 in a 37-24 win against the Miami Dolphins in the team’s final game of the season.
To many it really didn’t come as a surprise that Geno Smith was named the starting quarterback. With Smith going into his third year in the NFL he is looking for a fresh new start with new head coach Todd Bowles. Smith is also looking to improve and learn in the new offensive system under new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. A new offensive system could be exactly what Smith needs to play more consistent and to not turn the ball over as many times as he has.
Many speculated this off season that the Jets would have an open quarterback competition at the start of training camp. The Jets traded for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and drafted quarterback Bryce Petty in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The fact that the Jets made this announcement early and giving Smith a chance to work with first team reps, could give Smith the confidence he needs going into the season.
This could be Smith’s final chance to prove he can be the Jets franchise quarterback. With the new offensive system, new head coach and new offensive coordinator, Smith has been given the weapons he needs to win and this could also perhaps be his final shot in the NFL.