Willie Colon: If Fitzpatrick leaves, Geno is ready to start for the Jets

AP

Last year, Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon raised some eyebrows when he said Geno Smith was never ready to be the Jets’ starting quarterback. This year, Colon thinks Smith is ready.

Colon, a free agent who is expected to retire, said on ESPN Radio that if free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick walks, Smith has reached the point where he can be the leader of the franchise.

I think Geno’s been humbled,” Colon said, via NJ.com. “I think he’s taken on everything; I think he’s ready to rise. I still have confidence in him. I think with the pieces we have around him, and continue to put around him, he can be successful. I honestly believe that. I think Geno’s a good quarterback.”

Smith was expected to start ahead of Fitzpatrick last year before losing the starting job when a punch from teammate IK Enemkpali broke his jaw. Fitzpatrick played well enough while Smith was hurt to keep the starting job, and Smith ended up appearing in only one game last season.

But if Fitzpatrick leaves, Smith might just be the best option the Jets have. That doesn’t sound like a great option to most people, but Colon thinks Smith can get the job done.

85 responses to “Willie Colon: If Fitzpatrick leaves, Geno is ready to start for the Jets

  1. Please do…

    (signed, the rest of the AFC East)

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    Yes I know, the Bills can’t throw stones. But years of hard won (err… losing) experience have taught this long suffering Bills fan what bad quarterbacks look like, and Geno looks like a bad quarterback…

  2. I agree. He made strides. He has as good of a rookie season has Mark Sanchez with a much worse supporting cast where Geno’s best and only option was Decker. And Mark got 5 years! Geno wasn’t even a 1st round pick.

    Gailey runs a similar offense to the one Geno ran in college and look how good Gaileu and the rest of the offensive pieces made a career backup look. Geno would do as well if not better than Fitz. Geno can actually throw deep (second to only Aaron Rodgers in that category his rookie year). Fitz can’t throw past 15 yards on a consistent basis.

  3. It is a shame the NCAA refuses to produce quarterbacks who can play NFL style football. Our lowered expectations make the lack of talent coming out of college obvious.

  4. Mark Sanchez sucked… even his rookie season.

    Geno sucked.

    Can he turn it around? Maybe. No one will know until he is given a shot.

    But any team should want to hold onto a QB that did what Fitzpatrick did. To think Geno can come in and duplicate or surpass that is idiotic.

    Geno’s deep ball is pretty good, but there is a lot more to being a QB then just that. He struggled mentally at the position. He also was not a good leader.

    You keep Fitzpatrick. If he goes down THEN you can see what Geno has or doesn’t.

    But to force the issue when you don’t have to is asking for trouble… and when that happens, it generally is a situation where you bite off more then you can chew.

    You might find out in preseason that Geno is still the same Geno… and just think how badly the season will suck from that point on.

    After all, it’s just a decision that might take you out of championship dreams for the few seasons Fitzpatrick could still play… which means a good shot at the entire Bowles regime, and who knows how long after that.

    Lots of dumb teams playing hardball with Fitzpatrick, when he’s the ONLY QB out there a team can acquire (trade, draft, fa) who can take you to the playoffs next year.

    If the Jets want to sink or swim with Geno, then they should be prepared to sink… and realize they never had to take such a risk.

  5. People keep expecting QBs to be great in their 1st or 2nd year. It just doesn’t work that way. Drew Brees didn’t start his first year and way erratic until his 4th. Rogers was on the bench for 4 years. Roethlisberger Flacco even Brady were game managers in the beginning. Steve Young flamed out in Tampa. The best example right now is Cousins an interception machine who turned it around in his 4th year and the jury is still out.

  6. Please start him so we can see if he is as bad as expected or has learned after 3 years. This further ensures that QBs coveted as the most important position in all of sports should sit for a year maybe two and the game would benefit for years.

    Look at the QBs that are on the top that sat for awhile, Romo, Rivers, Rodgers, even Warner Palmer and Brady. Yes even Peyton went 3-13 his first year but the cupboards were bare in Indy in 1999. And they traded their best player on the team.

    Once in awhile there is a guy that has all the intangibles to make the jump and succeed but just cause one every 10 years make the seem less transition a success doesn’t mean all should be where he is or was.

    If teams that plan on starting QBs out of college right away have a running game oriented offense and sound defense like roethlisberger did then I can see them have some success in year one but his was again not planned but do to an injury to their starter. Teams that are drafting at the top that’s why they are drafting at the top ( the team is barren)

    With the way the rookie contract is set up I would sit them rather then start them since they are costing only a few million the first few years. It’s like parenting the first few years you don’t start feeding them steak or leave them alone you are monitoring their progress and as the get older the behavior dictates how much more they can or should be aloud to do. I believe the game has ruined more QBs by thinking they had what it takes to flip a team around in year one. These guys should look at themselves and ask one question, do they really think they are going to be that good and we make drastic improvements in a year with a 2-14 or 3 -13 team. What is around them to begin with?

  7. The Jets just need to resign Fitzpatrick to a 2 year deal. 2 year $26mm, $16mm first year

    Maybe Paxton Lynch falls to you or you get Connor Cook—let the rookie sit and watch and get schooled by Fitzpatrick in year one with the expectation they flip-flop in year 2

    or at least have a plan

  8. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Fitzpatrick has a degree from Harvard and has probably made more money in the NFL than his wildest dream. Guys like this walk away from insults. 7 million is an insult.

    Walk away. When a QB on a team in contention gets hurt (and that will happen) take the 1 mil per game.

    The Jets always find a way to do the wrong thing.

  10. jchipwood says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:49 PM

    Like or dislike the Jets. But at least they win or lose without cheating unlike Goodells favorite team that’s also in the AFC East.
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    Chippy, chippy. If you’d squeeze your head out of all things Patriots you might actually be amazed to learn that the Jet’s are multiple offenders of the very same offenses as NE. Ironically they, the Jet’s , have been tapped on the hand while NE has been treated, shall we say, harshly? Go back to being thrilled about what your pathetic Dolphins do in the offseason and find another “release” besides posting nonsense. Maybe buy a ticket to a Dolphins game. Everyone can see on any given home game in Miami there are plenty of good seats available. Meanwhile in NE every seat has been sold since 1994. The year Robert Kraft bought a dismal franchise and turned it into the envy of the league.

  11. As a Jets fan..starting qb and Geno Smith should never be used in the same sentence.

  12. rainsarge says:
    Mar 20, 2016 1:20 PM
    People keep expecting QBs to be great in their 1st or 2nd year. It just doesn’t work that way. Drew Brees didn’t start his first year and way erratic until his 4th. Rogers was on the bench for 4 years. Roethlisberger Flacco even Brady were game managers in the beginning. Steve Young flamed out in Tampa. The best example right now is Cousins an interception machine who turned it around in his 4th year and the jury is still out.
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    Carr, Bridgewater, Winston, Mariotta… Need I say more about successful qbs in their 1st, or 2nd season? Three of them have already been to the pro bowl.

  13. Chile, pleeze. Geno was already the starter… until that sucker-punch. As long as Chan Gailey is with the Jets, Fitz-fizzle is going to get first-dibs at QB, whether he is worthy or not. Jets right now are just Buffalo Bills/Gailey-Fitzpatrick 1.1: an update of the same, old program lol Three (3) years in Buffalo together, and Gailey-Fitzpatrick got nothing done. You need to change your vision of Offensive Coordinator, Mr. Bowles, or you are going to be out of a job real soon. Geno has never had a receiver like Marshall (no offense, Mr. Decker). Geno, dude, don’t make any promises about nothing to nobody, this off-season, Do You Hear Me?!

  14. jchipwood says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:49 PM
    Like or dislike the Jets. But at least they win or lose without cheating unlike Goodells favorite team that’s also in the AFC East.
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    Any regular on this site knows full well the trollish intent of chip, but just in case someone unaware comes along and reads this, here’s the actual irony here.

    The Jets ARE Goodell (and half of the league office’s) favorite team. All former NYJ employees, AND they allowed them to get away with blatant tampering of Revis in the same offseason (100k fine lol) that they fined KC 250k and stole two draft picks.

    They are getting really good at that stealing draft picks thing. Be careful, your team may be next.

  15. imodan says:
    Mar 20, 2016 1:55 PM
    jchipwood says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:49 PM

    Like or dislike the Jets. But at least they win or lose without cheating unlike Goodells favorite team that’s also in the AFC East.
    ——————————————————-
    Chippy, chippy. If you’d squeeze your head out of all things Patriots you might actually be amazed to learn that the Jet’s are multiple offenders of the very same offenses as NE. Ironically they, the Jet’s , have been tapped on the hand while NE has been treated, shall we say, harshly? Go back to being thrilled about what your pathetic Dolphins do in the offseason and find another “release” besides posting nonsense. Maybe buy a ticket to a Dolphins game. Everyone can see on any given home game in Miami there are plenty of good seats available. Meanwhile in NE every seat has been sold since 1994. The year Robert Kraft bought a dismal franchise and turned it into the envy of the league.
    __________________________________

    The pathetic Dolphins are not very good. But they have managed to kick your teams rear end the last 3 trips to Miami so that doesn’t say too much about your team. I guess Brady can’t handle the ball pressure or they just can’t find the right angle for the video camera.

  16. Good news Jets fans! Now instead of losing hope on the season after week 6, you can lose hope now. This is soon much more efficient.

  17. @ therealraider says:

    Mar 20, 2016 12:49 PM
    Where is Fitzpatrick going to go? .. His couch?———————————————————————————–
    Actually, he might be wise to wait it out. You know there’s gonna be some QB attrition during training camp (don’t even have to wait for the reg season) & some team will pony up more than the Jets current offer.

  18. Geno Smith has a very promising future as a Martin Lawrence impersonator at low level bars across America when he’s out of the NFL. At least he will be used to being booed.

  19. Matt Forte is officially on a suicide watch.

    What a strange way to end a career for him. From one poorly run organization to a VERY POORLY run organization.

  20. If the Browns were smart, they’d draft a QB and sign Fitzpatrick for 2 years.

    2 years, 10 mil per, take it or leave it.

    Then, turn it over to the new QB from the draft.

    The Jets are over the cap at the moment, which is why they can’t sign Fitzpatrick.

    Jets = Most Insecure and worst run franchise in AFC

  21. Chippy says:The pathetic Dolphins are not very good. But they have managed to kick your teams rear end the last 3 trips to Miami so that doesn’t say too much about your team. I guess Brady can’t handle the ball pressure or they just can’t find the right angle for the video camera.
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    Yeah, as I recall one of those times the 4 time Super Bowl Champs went on to win the Super Bow,l in 2015. Guess TB 12 GOAT did not have a problem beating Seattle in the Super Bowl!
    When was the last time Miami even won a Super Bowl or even made the playoff???

  22. Geno may be ready to start for the Jets but are the Jets prepared to live with the results? It seems to me that anybody who is playing the Jets next year is crossing their fingers that this happens, its difficult to win in the NFL but when your opponent decides to handicap themselves, you just take it and smile.

  23. Roethlisberger Flacco even Brady were game managers in the beginning.

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    Yes, but they were GOOD game managers and to their credit worked every yr to get better and develop into more than just games managers

    Can anyone say the same about Geno, besides Willie and his cool-aid?

  24. The shortsighted opinions of the “social media experts” continue to amaze. You detractors do understand that it takes a QB (even the great ones) anywhere from 2-4 years to develop don’t you? How long did it take, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Kirk Cousins to “Get it”? And Andrew luck actually regressed. As did Kaepernick, Griffin, Matty “Ice” Ryan, Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck. Blaine Gabbert is only now just figuring it out in San Francisco after almost getting destroyed in Jacksonville. Just like Steve Young did behind Joe Montana. Carr in Oakland is learning and predictably, struggling too. Every one of those guys mentioned above stunk the joint up royally, before many found success. And the jury is still out and optimistic on just about all of the young ones. Even Sanchez. In reality, if Colon is correct, Geno Smith is right on schedule in a realistic QB development cycle. Todd Bowles and the Jets will be the lucky recipients if he is correct. And if he is wrong; Bryce Petty may just be ready late in the 2016 season. If he has the goods. I don’t blame the Jets for not over spending on Fitzpatrick. His book is written. You get what you see. Meaning, a QB that sometimes look good enough to get you there. But never-ever will. Just like historic under achiever Tony Romo in Dallas.

  25. I forgot to say this above. But the only QB that I’ve seen; who came out of the gates shooting stars without regressing was Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.

  26. Funny how Geno beat the Patriots his rookie year with Jeremy Kerley his #1 reciever and go to guy. If Smith never starts a game again, he’ll be the only QB in NFL history to have a 158.3 rating in his final start. 22 for 25(2 drops), 350+, 3 TD’s. Its called making progress. Anybody want to look up Steve Young’s numbers in Tampa year 2? Its called making progress. Its no guarantee he’ll perform, but I think all of Bowles rhetoric last year was, here is your humble pie, eat it.
    Oh and Brady year 2? No playoffs. Chad Pennington cleaned him up in Foxboro during the “Chad is the next Montana era”. Now its Marshall, Decker, Forte, Powell, Enunwa, Smith. Fitz fumbled a TD into Collins hands right? He’s forgiven. Geno fumbles in training camp and its a NY Post headline. Go figure.

  27. Does anyone believe Fitz would put up those numbers if he had the same targets as Geno did?
    G.Salas, D.Nelson, Z.Sudfeld
    Geno’s last game was a perfect QBR, give him a chance with these receivers.

  28. If I were a Dolphins fan I would take Geno over Tannehill. Tannehill has had enough time to prove himself and he is not good. The Jury is still out on Geno.

  29. I’d say there is a 10% chance that Geno can be as effective as Fitzpatrick.
    And a 90% chance he wouldn’t be as good.

    So there is still hope (probably false hope).

  30. If the Jets players and coaches believe in him, that’s what really matters. Will the rest of the team come out believing they’ll win with him under center? It doesn’t matter what people posting on this thread think, 99.99% of us haven’t played at the collegiate or professional level and essentially don’t know a damn thing – Colon giving his endorsement of Geno after a few years in the building with the rest of the organization says a lot. Plus if Maccagnan isn’t bending over backwards to bring in another QB, he’s not that nervous, and I think he’s proven he knows what’s up when assembling a roster.

  31. Like or dislike the Jets. But at least they win or lose without cheating unlike Goodells favorite team that’s also in the AFC East.

    Um, the Dolphins?

  32. david2320
    Mar 20, 2016, 8:55 PM EDT
    Like or dislike the Jets. But at least they win or lose without cheating unlike Goodells favorite team that’s also in the AFC East.
    *********************

    Shut up. Seriously. Coming from a Giants fan, you embarrass your fanbase when you blame your inferiority to the Patriots on league favoritism.

    God do you have no shame?

  33. The Jets were in a week 17 playoff scenario last year and Fitzpatrick showed up with a horrible performance at the end of a very winnable game, throwing interceptions on each of the team’s last three possessions. Three. In a row. During crunch time.

    If I’m the Jets I take a street free agent (or a Geno Smith) before going down that road again.

    Fitzpatrick’s problem is inconsistency in a league where consistency is crucial at the QB position. He plays great at times and he’s horrible at others. You don’t need your QB to win for you every week but you can’t afford to have a QB who loses games for you, especially elimination games.

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