As the New York Jets' quarterbacks turn ...
The season hasn't gone exactly according to the experts' predictions, as the Jets are 2-2 and Geno Smith has shown some nice flashes as the team's starting quarterback.
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But he and the team also have had a few down moments, and that definitely was the case in Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Smith's four turnovers — two picks and two fumbles — led to 28 Tennessee points. (Case in point: Smith most likely would like to have back this ode to the Buttfumble back, which earned zero style points, too.)
Still, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he has "not a thought" about benching Smith at this point, per New York Post's Brian Costello.
“It’s not a thought at this point right now,” Ryan said. “Not a thought.”
Ryan said he preferred Smith take a sack than make a turnover in an attempt to salvage a play. That's now 11 total turnovers in four games for the rookie quarterback, and it was hard for Ryan to hide his irritation with that number, considering the ball-control, field-position game he'd like to play without a ton of offensive game changers.
“We’ve got to quit turning the ball over,” Ryan said in his Monday conference call with the media. “That’s killing us right now. It wasn’t obvious until this past game. The reason it wasn’t obvious is because we played real good red-zone defense. That wasn’t the case yesterday.”
One reason benching Smith right now isn't at the forefront of Ryan's mind is because Matt Simms is the No. 2 quarterback. And in related news, it's likely to remain Smith and Simms atop the depth chart for the foreseeable future, as Mark Sanchez's season is apparently over.
Source: #Jets QB Mark Sanchez has decided he plans to have surgery on his torn labrum after attempting to rehab. 4-6 month rehab process
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2013
Sanchez clearly wasn't in the team's long-term plans, but the Jets gave him the chance to make one final impression by placing him on the short-term injured reserve, with the option to return. Instead, he'll have his shoulder repaired with an eye on landing his next job next season — for all intents and purposes, Sanchez's Jets career appears to be over.
Smith's, we think, it just starting. Can he improve his ball security? Can Ryan handle Smith if not? These are the pressing issues staring the Jets in the face as they sit at an early-season crossroads.