Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Can Geno succeed sans WRs?
By Tom Carpenter
On Tuesday, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson gave reporters a glimpse into his thinking about the quarterback situation his team has right now, per ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. To begin with, Johnson said he is "extremely happy to have" rookie Geno Smith.
"Johnson said Tuesday the Jets' talent evaluators gave the much-maligned Smith 'a very high score' for his intangibles, revealing they would've picked the former West Virginia star in the first round if they had traded down with the 13th overall pick," Cimini wrote.
Johnson, who has been a staunch supporter of Mark Sanchez throughout his up-and-down career as a Jet, toned it down a bit, throwing his support behind new GM John Izdik's plan of having his QBs battle it out.
"At the quarterback position, it looks like we're going to have some competition, but we want it at every position," Johnson said.
Whether Smith or Sanchez -- or even David Garrard -- is under center in Week 1 may not be known until deep into the preseason. Football Outsiders' Danny Tuccitto thinks Smith will get the nod but adds that without quality wide receivers on the Jets roster, it will be difficult for him to succeed:
Danny TuccittoRed Flags: AFC East
"Geno Smith may have been the second signal-caller selected, but Football Outsiders' statistics-based Lewin Career Forecast said he was the best QB prospect in the 2013 draft class. Last year, that honor went to Russell Wilson, and Smith seems to have a much easier path to the starting lineup than Wilson did. He's behind only ship-has-sailed Mark Sanchez and body-has-failed David Garrard on the Jets' current depth chart. To boot, recent trends say NFL teams don't spend top-100 picks on quarterbacks with the intention of stashing them on their benches. Of the 22 quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds since 2009, 17 started at least six games as a rookie, and two of the nonstarters were Peyton Manning's backup (Brock Osweiler) and Brady's backup (Ryan Mallett). That said, it sure would have been nice if the Jets had armed Smith with an arsenal of playmaking weapons. ... Although it's more the case that quarterbacks make their receivers than vice versa, one would be hard-pressed -- without the help of the Internet -- to find more than a handful of quarterbacks who succeeded with the likes of Holmes, Hill, Kerley, Cumberland and Goodson on the other end of their passes. Whether Sanchez manages the unlikely feat of starting all 16 games or Smith gets his inevitable opportunity as a rookie, it's hard to imagine the 2013 Jets offense exceeding its two 30-point games in 2012."