Geno Smith may have played himself right out of the Big Apple.
Responding to his weekly mailbag, ESPN reporter Rich Cimini said he believes the embattled quarterback “might be toast” with the Jets.
Yes, I do think Geno Smith might be finished in New York, especially if the John Idzik-led administration is gone. The best plan is to have a veteran starter who can hold the fort — someone like Vick — and a rookie heir apparent. The Jets have to create hope at quarterback, and returning in 2015 with a Vick-Smith tandem wouldn’t inspire hope — or sell tickets. If Vick performs reasonably well over the final six games, he’d be worth bringing back on a short-term contract. The free-agent market is thin (Brian Hoyer and Mark Sanchez are the top names), so Vick might be your best bet as long as there’s a prospect waiting in the wings. Smith doesn’t fit in that equation. In other words, he might be toast.
Smith has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but the Jets could easily cut bait if they so choose. And it’d arguably be deserved. The turnover-prone signal-caller has thrown 19 touchdowns and a whopping 31 interceptions in 34 career starts. He lost his starting job to Michael Vick after a disastrous Week 8 performance — three first-quarter picks.
As Cimini points out, Jets general manager John Idzik is also on the hot seat — the same seat he’s sharing with coach Rex Ryan. If Idzik and Ryan are canned at season’s end, the new regime will want to handpick its own franchise quarterback, especially if the club ends up with a top-five draft pick.
Idzik got to decide on his personal QB of the future. In 2013, he hitched his wagon to Smith’s star, selecting the West Virginia product at No. 39 overall. Less than two calender years later, however, Idzik isn’t sure Smith has what it takes.
“That’s still to be determined,” Idzik said of Smith last month. “You don’t wanna try to answer that question too prematurely, especially when you’re dealing with a younger quarterback in Geno. … We will continue with the development curve and we will continue searching.”
The search is likely to be called off.
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