Following the Jets big win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, head coach Todd Bowles informed reporters of his decision to proceed with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback moving forward.
NYJ: Todd Bowles says Fitzpatrick will get all 1st-team reps even when Geno Smith is healthy. (Wow. That punch changed NYJ, didn’t it?)
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) September 22, 2015
After the “punch heard around the world”, some figured the job would be Geno Smith’s upon his return. The team named him the starter early in the spring and he took the bulk of the reps in training camp leading up to the incident.
Now the Jets at 2-0 are enjoying their best start since 2011 moving into Week 3.
Others (including myself) wondered what would happen to Smith’s hold on the job if Ryan Fitzpatrick took over and performed admirably? In his 11th season, Fitzpatrick isn’t setting the league on fire and helping people to dominate their fantasy leagues. Through two games, he has completed nearly 64% of his passes for 423 yards, four touchdowns and two INT’s. He is managing the games while the Jets defense thrives.
Will we see Geno Smith on the field this season (providing Fitzpatrick remains healthy)? Throughout his career, the Harvard graduate plays well during the first half of a season and tends to tail off as the NFL schedule moves into December.
The new regime of Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan know the way to place their stamp on the team is to find a franchise quarterback. With Fitzpatrick’s age–and if the Jets find themselves out of playoff contention–don’t be surprised if Smith gets another chance to show the reported improvement he had during the offseason.
The saga of Geno Smith in New York will not end anytime soon as the team will likely be looking for a quarterback early in the 2016 NFL Draft.