BY Jeff Schneberk
It wasn’t Brett Favre.
Obviously Tim Tebow couldn’t do it.
Mark Sanchez hasn’t proven to be it yet
Chad Pennington probably isn’t it.
And now we find out that rookie 2013 draft pick Geno Smith probably won’t be it anytime soon yet, either.
According to Rex Ryan following a recent practice
With all the controversies the Jets have had over the years, none have seemed bigger than their current predicament because if you don’t have a solid starter at quarterback, you are not going to win football games; no defence can be that good.
According to a report on www.espn.com, the Jets had hoped to be able to name a starting quarterback after the 2nd preseason game, however it looks like those plans are now going to be pushed back.
Head coach Rex Ryan still hasn’t announced his starter for Saturday night when they take on Jacksonville. This comes after watching 2013 draft pick Geno Smith perform “brutal” during a practice in which the weather happened to be non-favourable.
Ryan now believes that the QB competition is really up in the air. Ryan also noted that the former West Virginia star is still hampered by an ankle injury; that means that Sanchez will probably start for the 2nd straight week.
If that is the case, the Jets QB competition may not be decided until after the 3rd preseason game. Smith had suffered a mild strain this past Friday night when the Jets played in Detroit. Smith hasn’t missed a day of practice.
Said Ryan to espn: “That was Geno’s worst day, obviously. The ankle is part of it. That’s way too many picks. He didn’t look comfortable today. It was a bad day. We’ve seen guys have bad days, but this was a really bad day.
Smith was selected by the Jets in the 2nd round of this year’s entry draft out of the University of West Virginia.
With his performance on opening day of his final year at WV, which included going 32-36 for 323 yards and 4 TDs, Smith became the school’s all time leader in career completions and TD passes, surpassing Marc Bulger’s totals from 1996-99.
In his final regular season game, Smith completed 23 of 24 passes for 407 yards and 3 TDs in West Virginia’s 59–10 victory against Kansas. He set the WVU consecutive pass completions record with 21, spanning the first fourth quarters, and broke the Big 12 record of 20 previously held by Missouri‘s Chase Daniel in 2008. Smith’s completion percentage of 95.8 tied the NCAA record (min. 20 attempts) and also set a Conference mark.
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