Posted December 01, 2013

Geno Smith benched for Matt Simms at halftime of Jets’ Week 13 game

AFC East, New York Jets
Geno Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass since October.

Geno Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass since October. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

With Geno Smith mired in a seemingly endless slump, the New York Jets pulled the plug at halftime on Sunday. After being outgained 265-39 in the first half by the Dolphins, the Jets benched Smith in favor of Matt Simms to begin the third quarter.

Smith was 4-of-10 for just 29 yards and an interception over the first two quarters — and the Jets had less total yards on offense prior to the half (39) than the Dolphins had plays (50).

A second-round pick in the 2013 draft, Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass in his past five starts, a drought dating to the Jets’ 30-27 win over New England on Oct. 20. He also has not completed more than nine passes in any one game since October, topping out with a 9-for-22 showing last week. Counting Sunday’s turnover, he’s also fired eight interceptions over this brutal five-game stretch.

Simms, son of ex-Giant QB Phil Simms, may not be the answer, but the Jets were at a point where they had to try something. They do have two other quarterbacks in the fold: David Garrard and Mark Sanchez. Garrard was inactive for Sunday’s game, while Sanchez currently sits on IR, though he has been designated to return.

Undrafted out of Tennessee, Simms had 13 passes and seven completions to his credit in the NFL before Sunday, all coming this season.

Those paltry numbers did not stop the frustrated Jets faithful from clamoring for him during the first half Sunday, then cheering wildly when he entered the contest in the third quarter. Prior to Simms’ arrival against Miami, Smith was booed rather mercilessly as he misfired time and again through the air.

For all their troubles at QB, the Jets have somehow managed to stay in the playoff chase. A win Sunday would have pushed their record to 6-6, good enough to tie them for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

20 comments
leon1376
leon1376

The beginning of "the Tebow Curse". Ryan got Tebow blackballed from the NFL and in turn, he's blackballed himself. It's a beautiful thing. 

beast
beast

Big mistake by Ryan. You develop rookie QBs he deserted him to save his job.

M20
M20

He's a rookie. Recent extraordinary rookie QBs have altered how rookie QBs are judged, but the fact of the matter is that we still don't know what kind of a player he's going to be. Obviously he needed to be pulled for his own sake, but anyone sticking a fork in him already doesn't have a clue.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Funny how this rookie thought he was the greatest thing going when EVERYONE (outside the jets) knew he couldn't handle pressure and now, good luck jets

Matthew W
Matthew W

When's Rexy boy going to be fired?

TarugoKing
TarugoKing

Karma is a B!@TCH!!! - Tim Tebow

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It does go to show that being a good quarterback in the NFL is not easy. 

parkbrav
parkbrav

Is Tim Tebow available? Oh wait a second....!

JBub
JBub

You know, there seems to be a pattern developing here. Maybe its not the QUARTERBACKS. Maybe its time to focus on the COACHES. Just sayin...   

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Geno Smith has done the impossible, namely make the Jets fans miss Sanchez.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Look up Mark Sanchez's first yr stats as a pro.  They are darn close to Geno's stats right now.

Jets fans!  Meet the New Sanchez, same as the Old Sanchez.

effeweall
effeweall

Can Kanway Mess QB the Jets?

effeweall
effeweall

Geno Smith and Robbie Cano are leaving sports to rap.  Jayz already has 37,000 lines that can rhyme with their names ending in the letter O.  "The 15th letter" is the name of their first album.

John338
John338

Rex Ryan gives the Jets the best chance to lose!

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@M20 :  And even some of those rookie QBs who do well their first year get shut down the next season once defenses adjust.


It's one of the big conundrums of the NFL - we hear constantly how difficult it is to play QB effectively, and high draft picks at that position rarely work out.  But too often the young QBs are thrown into the fire out of desperation and because they're being paid big money.  

There are a few conclusions I've come to over the years regarding the NFL:  

Scouts really have NO IDEA who will or won't succeed at the next level.  I think talent is part of it, sure, but desire and drive and coachability probably play a bigger role in who succeeds.

Teams don't care one bit about their players.  Putting a rookie QB out there might show you a few things, but is it worth the damage done to these young players, both physically and mentally/emotionally?  Of course it's usually the terrible or desperate teams who try this.  Terrible teams often have terrible O lines and so regardless of who is under center they're going to get stomped. 

But every once in awhile it works and the rookie can handle it and they go on to have a career.  So teams use those few-and-far-between success stories to justify putting countless guys through the grinder.


Hey, I don't know what the solution is, except that I'd think that ultimately giving these guys some time to mature would be the best bet.  Of course that doesn't always work, but I'll bet the success rate would be higher.  If I was an NFL GM I'd pick up as many later round QBs as possible each year and put them through the paces at camp.  Some of them are bound to stick, and then you're not stuck with a high dollar bust.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@Rickapolis WHO said geno was "good" to begin with. He whines, can't take pressure and can't THINK quick enough

PWINGS
PWINGS

@JBub   It's not the boss. It's NEVER the boss! Right, Woodie? Woodie???

effeweall
effeweall

@WHO*IS*ESPN @Rickapolis ESPN followed some HS QB around for 3 months who was homeless and a drug addict in Long beach Cali.  Mr. San Jose.  His family wanted nothing to do with the story, they all tried to actually help him.  But ESPN was spinning a frame up by local police for headlines and PTSD from this arrest, 28 years ago  The guy ran into traffic and killed himself from the constant harassment from ESPN.

IT IS ESPN's fault this guy is dead.  he was homeless for 25 years living on the streets.  Looked, great, relaxed and tan.  ESPN shows up and he is dead in 3 months.  This was on Outside the Lines.

ESPN, like all other USA media, is 100% tabloid.  Hiring Ray Lewis and then every chance they get Ship Blayless and Stephen A Sharpton turn a question into a socio-race issue.  They made the Street and Smith guy's review of Geno's playing ability into an attack on his race.  Geno does not have an O-line.  Recievers or RBs.  The head coach is more tabloid then ESPN.  This is why the Jets suck.  Geno doomed his career how he handled himself for the draft.

The Sport Reporters is the only show worth watching for John Saunders opinions.  Have the mute button handy for Lupica and Ryan.

Reporters are not reporters, its based on their relationship with atheletes that allow them to report.  If some beat reporter gets friendly with Geno Smith now, and he developes into a Super Bowl winner, that said reporter will have a show on ESPN.

Being a reporter is not being a friend, it is covering stories.  Reporting has devolved into a commercial.