Welp, the Geno Smith Hair On Fire QB Strategy ended as badly as every other single person in the world who is not me could have predicted. I would say that it was fun while it lasted but it wasn’t that fun. I haven’t started Geno since Week 2 when Eric Decker was hobbled during the Green Bay game and it was clear that the offense couldn’t really function without him. But now we have evidence that the Jets offense can’t even function with Decker, so it’s possible that my entire thesis was off. Maybe “almost certain” is a better choice of words than “possible”.
New readers to the site probably had a difficult time wading through the previous paragraph. You started Geno Smith until Week 2? You mean you started Geno Smith in a fantasy league?
But even after I wasn’t rolling Geno out in fantasy I was still rooting for him to prove all of the knee jerk box score regurgitators wrong. But, it looks like the knee jerk box score regurgitators were right and I was wrong. Geno likes to throw those interceptions. He’s like Jay Cutler on steroids.
I still think teams confronted with a borderline QB should build out their entire offense before they move on from the QB, so as to be able to at least isolate the problem. But that’s probably a moot point for Geno and the Jets now. The coaches want to play Mike Vick, which sort of makes some sense and sort of doesn’t make any sense. First, it makes some sense because if you watch a QB throw three picks in about three seconds you have to do something. That was like a Rich Ankiel situation. But then it kind of doesn’t make any sense because the only thing that I could imagine that would save Rex Ryan’s job is if they finished the season on a winning streak AND had a promising young QB to develop. It doesn’t work to finish the season strong with a band-aid QB because all of the decision makers are going to get shit canned so that a new regime can address QB.
Anyway, as crazy as it sounds up until this week I really was hopeful that there was still a chance for Geno to play well. Unfortunately the Bills defense took that hope and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.