I cannot deal.
It only took 10 interceptions, two unforgettable touchdowns, and four consecutive losses in as many games for the team’s slow to react head coach to make a move. Or, maybe team owner Woody Johnson peering over Bowles’ shoulder from the owner’s box, on Monday night, was the booming hammer that influenced Bowles to stick the nail in Fitzpatrick’s coffin. Whatever the reason, Bowles finally made a necessary and overdue quarterback change.
Let’s be clear. I am in total agreement with Fitzpatrick’s demotion. In fact, I encouraged Fitzpatrick taking every seat at Metlife Stadium and the league’s other 31 stadiums as early as Game 3 of this season. When a quarterback commits the indefensible crime of throwing SIX interceptions in one game, he should immediately be escorted off the premises and sentenced to a life of oblivion. And, in no way should he have the opportunity to sit on anyone’s pre or post game NFL show critiquing others’ performances. Because holding the reputation as turnover prone, with a six interception outing automatically disqualifies you as an expert. Yes, I want to cut off all of Fitzpatrick’s NFL streams of income. He’s robbed enough teams throughout his career. And he’s a Harvard man, which leads me to believe his money management skills are up to par, so I doubt we’ll be reading about his “Broke” story on TMZ in this lifetime.
But Geno Smith?
No. Just NO!
With each opportunity to prove his worth, Smith’s blown it. Absolutely shat the bed. On Monday night, when he relieved Fitzpatrick, he helped himself to a fumble and interception, just to make sure he covered all the bases. He’s awful, and has the football IQ equivalency of my four year old nephew. I question whether he should even be an NFL quarterback, let alone a starter. Look at this fact that summarizes Smith’s entire career:
Smith is in the final year of his four year rookie deal. There is no way in hell he will be a New York Jet next season, so why are we wasting the rest of the season away and further delaying the growth of third and fourth string quarterbacks, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg? Geno has no future with the Jets. None. What is the logic in allowing him to log one second for a team that can’t wait for his contract to expire? So other teams can get a look at his skills, or lack there of? For him to openly audition for his next team on our dime and clock? Nah. We can’t stunt our growth for another team or player’s benefit, when we get absolutely nothing in return.
If there was any shot that Smith could pull off the miraculous stunt of leading us to a wild card playoff berth, then I’d be all about him. But, he can’t. And he won’t. So, we should just move on from him now and start looking toward the future. The season is a wrap and we have an opportunity to give Petty a legit shot of starting his NFL career by giving him valuable in-game experience surrounded by a Pro Bowl center, wide receiver, and running back. Also, no one expects Petty to pull a Brock Osweiler. It’s widely known and accepted that he’s not ready. So whether we start Smith or Petty, we’re still well positioned to receive a top five NFL draft pick because their respective bars are equally low. And, while we know Smith’s ceiling is low as hell, the jury is still out on what Petty’s capabilities are. It’s too late for Smith, but there’s still time for Petty. Let’s do the right thing for once and just play Petty — NOW!
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