Found June 23, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
TEAMS: New York Jets
The New York Jets feature some of the worst skill-position players in the NFL. Starting with the Quarterback situation the Jets are desperate for answers. Mark Sanchez has been a joke the last couple seasons, so the Jets went ahead and drafted West Virginia Quarterback Geno Smith with the 39th pick, searching for some kind of hope. The future looks, well, suspect. You have a below average passer in Mark Sanchez who has proven he cannot carry the load in a pass happy offense. Last season Sanchez barely managed to throw for 2,883 yards (26th), 13 touchdowns, and a whopping 18 interceptions. Sanchez has failed miserably over the past two seasons but for some reason he is still favored to beat out rookie Geno Smith. Teammates and Coaches alike, are all predicting Sanchez to beat out Smith. Both quarterbacks face the difficult task of learning a new offensive system, as new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg brings the West Coast offense to New York. It’s a mess in New York. The Jets took a chance on Geno Smith, after he dropped into the 2nd round of this past April’s draft. It seemed almost scripted that a struggling franchise like the Jets would take a risk on a Quarterback whom a lot of scouts and coaches backed off from. The Jets are hoping to cash in on other teams fears. Geno Smith at one point was predicted to be in the top 5 picks, only to be embarrassed on draft day. Forcing his mom to buy him another outfit for day two of the draft. For most that could be used as motivation to prove doubters wrong. Randy Moss and Aaron Rodgers are perfect examples of players who fell on the draft boards, and ended up being All-Pro caliber stars for their respected teams. It seems Geno Smith is destined to hit the learning curve of the NFL, and could be he sits for a season while the Jets put up with another year of Mark Sanchez and losing. What if all 31 of the other franchises in the league were right? That was the biggest fear for all who passed on Geno, that he would be a bust. For all we know Geno Smith could be the future for New York. He might develop into the next Donovan McNabb, or flop and be the next Akili Smith, only time will tell. For some franchises it’s not worth the risk, but for the Jets, desperate for answers it was their only way to instill hope into their loyal fan base. The interesting thing about all of this is bringing in Marty Mornhinweg. Why would you draft a spread/read-option quarterback and install the West Coast offense? It seems the stubbornness of Rex Ryan and staff is kicking into full gear. Mark Sanchez is Rex’s guy, that is known, I mean the guy has a tattoo of his wife in a Sanchez jersey for crying out loud!!! Indicating Rex Ryan is going to live and die with Sanchez. The Rex Ryan era in New York has been a joke thus far: Signing Tim Tebow was a waste of time, committing to Mark Sanchez is ridiculous, Stephen “Butterfingers” Hill looked like a bust in his rookie season, Santonio Holmes has lost a step or two because of injuries, I don’t get why they brought Braylon Edwards back, and does anybody care they signed Tight End Kellen Winslow? Didn’t think so. Did I mention running back Shonn Green jumped ship and signed with Tennessee? Only to be replaced by Mike Goodson, who was recently arrested on gun and drug charges, and former Saint back-up running back Chris Ivory. Although Ivory has great potential to be a capable back in this league, he is still unproven as a starter. Guess he fits right in with the Jets, and he should expect a heavy workload and 8 men in the box all day with Mark Sanchez tossing the rock. Also, Returning to the Rex Ryan blitz happy defensive ways seems like another desperate move being made in New York, but hey why not, the Jets have nothing to lose except Football games in 2013. With another year of questions about the coaching, quarterbacks, wide receivers, and a depleted defense now without all-world cornerback Darrell Revis, it is going to be a long season for the Jets. We shall see what becomes of this Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez saga. If what we have seen is any indication of what’s to come, don’t get your hopes up yet Jets fans, this show somehow got an encore. 2013 Prediction: The Jets will be the worst team in the NFL. Rob Lara @roblara05
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