Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 9/10/13
Geno Smith picked a great time on Sunday to play sound football for the New York Jets, and with the help of a perfectly timed late hit, it was just enough to propel the Jets to a narrow victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With one win in his pocket, is it possible that Geno Smith will lead the Jets to a respectable record in 2013? Well, the short and simple answer to my own question is, yes, he can. Geno Smith’s play in preseason action was best characterized by a number of terrible decisisons, resulting in turnovers that killed any hope the Jets had of putting scoring drives together. That changed on Sunday. Although the Jets have no hope of a perfect transition from the Mark Sanchez era to the Geno Smith era, they’ve pulled off the change relatively well, partially because the decision to play Smith over Sanchez was essentially made for them when Mark Sanchez went down in preseason action with a shoulder injury. With the starting position in hand, Geno Smith can be a glorified game manager for the New York Jets. Mark Sanchez became notorious in New York for giving away games to the Jets’ opposition. Geno Smith shouldn’t have to win every game for the Jets, especially considering the team sports a solid defense. He shouldn’t be playing to not lose either, but he should be conservative and limit risky play as much as possible. Smith’s athleticism should allow him to be a better manager than Sanchez ever was. Smith has the ability to turn blanket coverage into a first-down run. While Sanchez was never exactly a statue in the backfield, he was never a true scrambler either. As a rookie, the ability to outrun defenders should aid Smith in buying time in the pocket, or if he needs it, running down field for a cheap first down. In a weak division, and if you don’t believe the AFC East is weak, look at the Bills, Patriots game, the Jets have a chance to push for a power shift. The Jets will win games defensively in a way reminiscent of Rex Ryan’s first two seasons as the team’s head coach. If the Jets are to make a push for the playoffs, however, Geno Smith will need to continue to limit pointless mistakes, especially ones that lead to turnovers. So, can the Jets turn their ship around with Geno Smith at quarterback? Yes, but there’s still a lot of work to do, and one good game doesn’t ensure the rest of the Jets’ season will end so well. [follow]

This article first appeared on This Given Sunday and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Steelers, Patriots dominate AFC Pro Bowl vote

Joel Embiid takes a shot at Russell Westbrook’s shooting efficiency

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson being investigated for workplace misconduct

WATCH: Gronkowski refuses to discuss suspension, walks out of presser

Cousins complains refs unfairly target him on technicals

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

FIFA threatens to expel Spain from World Cup

Is Vince McMahon looking to bring back the XFL?

Muhammad Wilkerson not traveling with Jets due to ‘coach’s decision’

Floyd Mayweather says UFC offered him $1 billion

Porzingis: Knicks fans should show Carmelo ‘love’ in return

Pete Carroll, Sean Payton fined for going onto field

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker