The Jets may have a new starting quarterback by Wednesday

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Before Monday night’s game against the Cardinals, Jets quarterback Geno Smith admitted to being antsy about not playing, especially given the team’s struggles.

On Tuesday, coach Todd Bowles brushed off Smith’s concerns.

“I don’t have any thoughts on a backup player saying anything,” Bowles told reporters on Tuesday. “They’re backups for a reason, and if they get a chance to play, they better prove themselves to be worthy of playing, regardless of who the person is.”

Smith may have done enough on Monday night to get more of a chance, very soon. Bowles made it clear on Tuesday that, despite circling the wagons around Ryan Fitzpatrick after Monday night’s loss, a change could be made.

“After the game that’s always going to be status quo because I’m never going to tell the media anything before I meet with my coaches and my G.M. and the rest of the staff,” Bowles said. “So, everything is status quo until we have our meeting on Monday evening. But [Smith] did show some promise when he was in there. He understood the game plan. He did good for the drive he was in there.”

Could that mean Smith will start Sunday?

“We’re going to talk about more than that, but there is a possibility every week that there will be some changes made player-wise,” Bowles said. “[W]hen I discuss it with the staff, when they know, then everybody else will know. If I decide to make a move, they’ll know tomorrow.”

So, basically, Smith may be getting what he wanted, more than a year after his last starting gig evaporated in the blink of an eye — and the swing of a fist by IK Enemkpali.

56 responses to “The Jets may have a new starting quarterback by Wednesday

  1. Coach Bowles: “I don’t have any thoughts on a backup player saying anything. They’re backups for a reason…”

    OUCH! I felt that one down here in Tampa!
    Geno better be laying low.

  2. Geno may not be Tom Brady, but at least the ball comes out of his hand as though it was thrown by an NFL quarterback. Fitz’ passes look like shotputs.

  3. Oh please let it be Sanchez! The Jets are a plane wreck this year. Get it? Instead of train wreck!
    I hope your Sanchez remark is in jest since he’s a backup in Dallas.

  4. There’s a reason why Ryan Fitzpatrick has been a journeyman QB his entire career, until last year, when he showed some competency and turned that into a big payday. He’s obviously regressed back to who he really is and always has been. No reason not to give Geno Smith another (and probably last) chance as a starter, given the Jets record. But don’t get your hopes up that it will turn into anything lasting.

  5. littleseizures says:
    Oct 18, 2016 9:07 PM
    Oh please let it be Sanchez! The Jets are a plane wreck this year. Get it? Instead of train wreck!

    Instant classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can I use it????

  6. “I don’t have any thoughts on a backup player saying anything, they’re backups for a reason..”

    As a Skins fan, I like Todd Bowles but dayum son.. not much of a players coach I take it..

  7. This is why I, as a jets fan, I was not concerned about the contract stand off w/ Fitz this summer. He had a great year, but we’ve seen this show before.

    It was the media wailing about getting him signed.

    Lets play Smith, and Petty, and Hack.

    Play all of them. Then draft another one. Eventually, you have to hit on one.

    Don’t you?

  8. At this point of the season you are what you’re record says you are. The Jets are a bad team. The offense and defense have both regressed this year. That Jets secondary is awful. At 1-5, the Jets season is realistically over. (The Chiefs starting 1-5 and finishing 11-5 last season is an anomaly) Therefore, it makes no sense to keep using ryan fitzpatrick as the starter. Give Geno or Christian or Bryce a shot. Seriously its hard to do worse than 6 ints in one game. However, I think the issue here is pride. Coach Bowles pushed to bring back Fitzpatrick and fitz is his QB. But Fitz is an overpaid inconsistent journeyman and has resorted back to his dreadful play that has made him bounce around the league. Coach Bowles is secretly hoping that Fitzpatrick can turn it around because every sh*tty game makes Bowles look like an idiot.

  9. Todd, Todd, Todd!! You have to be decisive and clear once you make a decision. You! You make the decision, not the staff.

    “I’m never going to tell the media anything before I meet with my coaches and my G.M. and the rest of the staff”

    Man, you are supposed to be in charge! Act like it, and don’t tell the media that you have to meet with the staff!

    And here’s a tip: it ain’t Fitz, and it ain’t Geno.

  10. With late rounders and undrafted players surprising teams every year, isn’t it time to see if Hackenberg could pan out… The Jets probably have seen all they need to of Fitz and Geno!

  11. It tells you how desperate the QB situation is when a backup comes in and manages to lose a fumble and throw a pick during his only drive – and the coach thinks he did a GOOD JOB!!

  12. jetsjetsjetsnow says:
    Oct 18, 2016 9:11 PM
    Did Todd Bowles just turn into Rex Ryan?…..

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    What do you mean? Rex is 4-2 right now….

  13. Does anybody remember the lack of offensive talent around Geno when he was starting? How about Kerley being your big WR threat? Awful they were. Let Geno have 4-5 games this bunch. I think Geno will push a starter next year somewhere.

  14. I worry about this game. The Ravens have a habit of making washed out, scrub, and/or never have been qbs look like the second coming of Johnny U. This is a Raven’s loss until proven otherwise.

  15. So we have this on going Contract dispute with Fitz…all summer long…finally sign him…[ everything’s great ]
    WRONG !!!…the teams record goes down the toilet…
    What went wrong ?….going to be a long season for Jets Fans !

  16. Smith has had issues with turnovers. In his limited playing time Monday night he was 4/6 and threw 1 INT. So in 6 passes he threw an INT. This has been the issue with Fitz all season, turnovers. He also had 1 INT on 31 attempts. Its unlikely Smith gets on the field if he can’t keep from turning the ball over.

  17. Geno had a sack fumble that the Jets luckily recovered and then threw an interception… how is that deserving more of a chance? I would stay with Fitz or give one of the two unknowns a shot.

  18. The Jets are such a joke. They made 2 AFC Championship games…and obviously lost..but other than that..they are simply just a joke of a franchise. Just can never figure it out.

  19. Gotta give Geno a shot. He cant possibly be worst than Fitzpatrick. Remember last offseason the new York media was saying Geno looked good and in control of the offense and then he took a punch. Anyone who has watched Fitzpatrick play in Buffalo or Houston knows that last year was an aberration or a glitch in the matrix!

  20. With the way the Ravens have performed this year, this will be a tight game and whoever the starter is will have a chance to lose or win it.

    Ravens fan
    (Could be 6-0 or 0-6, but find themselves at 3-3)

  21. At 1-5, the season is pretty much over. Fitz is a choke artist and turnover machine, and Geno has been nothing short of awful. The Jets would be better off giving experience to either Hackenberg or Petty to see if one of them has a future with the team because Fitz and Geno don’t.

  22. Will it be one of the following?

    Jay Fiedler
    Mark Sanchez
    Carl Todd
    Mark Malone
    Rodney Peete
    Rick Mirer
    Jack Trudeau

  23. And I thought for a minute that they were going to hire Peyton out of retirement. That crisis planning worked out well with Favre.

  24. Nows your chance to dump that huge contract off, Jerrah…. And build the defense.

    Cowboys. Talking about a team, that with a trade and dumping some salary at the same time, can become a powerhouse for the next couple of years…

  25. zeke2517 says:
    Oct 18, 2016 9:21 PM
    Geno may not be Tom Brady, but at least the ball comes out of his hand as though it was thrown by an NFL quarterback. Fitz’ passes look like shotputs.

    and yet Fitz had the best statistical season ever recorded by a Jets QB. If nothing else, that should tell you just how bad the Jets have been year after year…..after year…..

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