Posted July 15, 2013

Off the Snap: Jets considering a Tebow-like plan for Geno Smith?

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Geno Smith could push Mark Sanchez for the New York Jets' starting job in his rookie season.

Geno Smith could push Mark Sanchez for the Jets’ starting job in his rookie season. (Mel Evans/AP)

Catching you up on the latest must-read news and analysis from around the web….

• Here we go again …

The Jets, according to ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini, are “toying with the idea” of using Geno Smith as a change-of-pace quarterback behind Mark Sanchez. That’s how they tried to utilize Tim Tebow in 2012, at least for awhile, with pretty unimpressive results.

It might be an even worse plan with Smith, if that’s possible. Smith has decent speed (4.59 40 time at the combine) and can move the pocket, when needed, but he’s far from a traditional “running” quarterback. He’s certainly no Tebow in that regard — Smith averaged 2.3 yards per carry last season at West Virginia and finished with negative-33 yards rushing in 2011. (NCAA stats count sacks against a QB’s rushing total; the NFL does not.)

Worse yet, any attempt by the Jets to implement special plays just for Smith would take away time the rookie QB could be using to learn the actual offense. It may be in the Jets’ best interest to bring Smith along slowly, with Sanchez holding down the fort heading into the regular season. But New York did not draft Smith to be a permanent backup, and that competition should stay relatively open through training camp and beyond.

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The team’s Tebow-centric packages also produced next to nothing of tangible value in 2012. Tebow finished the year with 102 yards rushing on 32 carries (a worse yards-per-carry average, 3.18, than any of the Jets’ running backs) and completed six passes for all of 39 yards. He accounted for no touchdowns.

Rex Ryan likely is in a do-or-die year — there are some who would argue that he’s a sacrificial lamb, with the Jets prepared to re-evaluate things after 2013. So, Ryan ought to explore using all the weapons at his disposal.

This plan, though, seems doomed to fail. Smith is not going to dominate teams out of run-based packages, and the Jets are not built to sneak in the zone-read or anything similar, especially when such a scheme is telegraphed by Smith’s presence on the field.

For Smith’s sake, at least, let’s hope the Jets nip this idea in the bud.

• Who is going to be the Falcons’ starting cornerback, opposite Asante Samuel? That’s one of the key Atlanta camp questions, writes Jay Adams of the team’s official website.

The Falcons used two early draft picks on Desmond Trufant (Round 1) and Robert Alford (Round 2), hoping to minimize the losses of Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson in free agency. One of those two rookies should grab a spot in the starting lineup, barring an unexpected leap from someone else on the roster during camp.

Give the edge to Trufant, for now, based on his draft standing alone. The former Washington Husky was the third CB off the board, with the Falcons trading up to the No. 22 pick to grab him.

• The Titans have a number of pass-catching weapons on the roster, but the team’s aerial attack failed to take off last season (with a healthy chunk of blame falling on inconsistent QB Jake Locker). Are there better fortunes in store for Tennessee in 2013?

Tom Gower of FootballOutsiders took a shot at projecting how Locker would dole out his passes this season, with Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt now joined by talented rookie Justin Hunter and versatile tight end Delanie Walker in the offense.

• Like many people, Giants WR Victor Cruz and Atlanta WR Roddy White took to Twitter to vent in the moments following George Zimmerman’s acquittal on Saturday night. Both players then apologized within the next 24 hours for what they tweeted.

Cruz initially wrote, “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him,” then quickly deleted that tweet.

“I immediately realized my tweet was a mistake, and I apologize,” Cruz said, according to the Washington Times. “That’s why I deleted it.”

White, meanwhile, stepped even further across the line, tweeting: “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”

He, too, followed up with an apology: “I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. I never meant for the people to do that. I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.”

• Sage Rosenfels was a fourth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2001 and played for Miami, Houston, Minnesota and the Giants over the next decade. The 35-year-old QB hung up his cleats Sunday night, announcing his retirement.

Rosenfels was a free agent, without much of an apparent market. He has not thrown a pass in the regular season since 2008, when he went 2-3 as a fill-in starter for the Texans. Rosenfels posted a 6-6 career mark as a starter in the NFL, and he walks away with 4,156 passing yards and 30 touchdowns to his name.

18 comments
Rokkosokko
Rokkosokko

The jets r horrible! I'm from New York n the jets r the biggest joke in town!! It doesn't matter who there quarterback i! They r horrible

juancito908
juancito908

i dont think this a true report...they made it up...so they can talk more trash about the jets...thats what  u guys from the media do...i know so...marty mornhinweg .wont do that type of stuff with geno smith..he is a pure pocket qb...rich cimini...stop with the  hating...n go cover another team that u dont hate..im just sick n tired as a jets fan...to heaar all this nonesense...LEAVE MY JETS ALONE

Bazelope
Bazelope

Can you say Back peddle?  Looks like the Jets have seen enough of Geno Smith to know that they wasted a pick on this kid.   The same guy that evaluated Geno Smith's lack of ability also pegged Vince Young as a slacker with scored a THREE on the Wondrelic Test!

DWJ08
DWJ08

If you've got two quarterbacks, you've gone none. 

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

The dumb just keeps getting dumber 
 

They continue giving chances to a Qb that cant lead them anywhere, a turnover machine with 50 plus turnover in the past 2 years and instead of "Payton and Eli-ing" it up in a play book he is running around with skanks..  Geno is pocket Quarterback he has never ran the option or will ever be successful in an option offense. Either turn the team over to Geno and if he fails draft another Qb next year or just give the team to Sanchez, none of this indecision back and forth stuff

OK
OK

Rich Cimini's a heap of fertilizer seated in the Jets' press box.

Cimini's known around the league for watching porn on his laptop computer in the press box during games. Cimini's worthless, and anyone who links to any of the garbage that Cimini's pulled out of his backside is an idiot.

john15
john15

Can't wait to see America's Stupid Team implode again.With Dumb,Dumber, and Dumbest at the helm.

d18
d18

The Eternal Return...Nietzsche would have loved the Jets.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Did Burke REALLY use the expression, '...hung up his cleats...' about Sage Rosenfels retiring? Well, Katy bar the door, I haven't heard that one in awhile.

mavwreck75
mavwreck75

The article includes a photo of Geno Smith throwing exactly like Tebow. The hand is out and away from his body with the ball facing down. Curious. 

rtdeco
rtdeco

does the jets organization have any idea how football is played?  its a rhetorical question.....

MichaelDean
MichaelDean

Smith is going to block for the punter?

Scottsdale Guy A
Scottsdale Guy A

This isn't any better of an idea with Geno Smith than it was with Tim Tebow. There is nothing GOOD that can come from interrupting the rhythm of a game by playing musical chairs with your QB. Did Rex Ryan learn absolutely NOTHING from the fiasco that was season 2012 for the Jets?

BC19020
BC19020

Just created an account because of the way ESPN is changing their comments section. 

d18
d18

@Rickapolis Burke is not a writer.  I don't know how he keeps his job.