What will Jets do at QB?
June, 13, 2013
By Adam Schefter | ESPN Insider
William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER/USA TODAY SportsWill Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith win the starting quarterback job for the Jets this season?Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
Q: I find it hard to believe that any team will take a chance on Terrell Owens right now. Are you hearing that any teams are interested?
-- Seth (Oklahoma)
A: Seth: Not sure if this is a mailbag question that has been in our inbox since 2011 or not, but it surprises me that people still are talking about Owens. He hasn't caught a pass in an NFL game since 2010, when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals. We're talking almost three years now. Look, Owens was one of the most productive receivers in the history of the game. He was tremendous. But he's 39 years old. About the only wide receiver who has performed at a high level at that age was Jerry Rice. And while Owens is a physical freak, it's hard to imagine even he could come back after that much time away and get an NFL team interested. Particularly when there hasn't been a team interested in having him play for them in the regular season the past two years.
Q: What do you think is the best use of Geno Smith for the New York Jets this season? Mark Sanchez surely isn't the answer at QB. Doesn't it make sense to just give Smith the job Week 1 and give him a season to learn on the job? Plus, they could then get a high pick in a QB-rich 2014 draft.
-- David (New York)
A: Makes sense to me, David. Problem is, Smith has not shown yet that he is ready to start. Plus, the Jets coaches aren't thinking about getting a high pick in the 2014 draft -- they're thinking about winning games and keeping their jobs. They want to play the quarterback who gives them the best chance to do that and right now, that's Sanchez. Fans might not like to hear it, but Sanchez has looked pretty sharp, he has elevated his game and he looks determined to start the opening game against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets already are talking about packages for Smith, and the way to think of that is like this: It's letting him play QB with the training wheels on. Eventually those wheels will come off and he'll be ready to ride the bike, probably sooner rather than later. But the men there are thinking of winning games, not high picks.