The New York Jets are going to give Geno Smith 70-75 percent of the first team snaps in their training camp next week. Is this the right move?
It’s quite obvious, that the Jets are hoping Smith takes a leap in his second NFL season. Can you blame them?
If Smith becomes the franchise quarterback this team desperately needs, it will take a lot of pressure off GM John Idzik. If Smith fails to show that he is a franchise quarterback, Idzik will have then have the unfortunate task of finding his replacement. In a perfect world, Smith will step up this season and prove that he deserves to be the Jets starting quarterback, for many years to come.
But what if Smith struggles?
Enter Michael Vick.
Vick has started a full 16 regular season games just once (2006) in his 11-year career. Considering his history of durability issues, it wouldn’t be wise for the Jets to ask Vick to do so at age 34. We all know what Vick is capable of when healthy, but health is always the concern.
If the Jets can “ride or die” with Smith under center for majority of the regular season, Vick will be fresh and ready to go whenever he’s called upon. Again, the ideal scenario is for Geno Smith to have a breakout year in his sophomore season. But really, it’s a win-win situation.
If Smith continues to develop – great. If he struggles, Vick will have zero miles on his (2014) motor. Rex Ryan is notorious for taking care of his veterans by keeping them fresh. Vick is no different. The less he is used, the more he’ll have to offer in the back half of the 2014 regular season.