New York Jets

2015 will mark the year it is put-up or shut-up time for New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. Can he get it done under new leadership?

By Armando Perez

In the movie The Matrix (1999), Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) goes to visit the all-knowing Oracle. The scene finds Neo sitting in the waiting room where he sees a child prodigy bending a spoon with his mind.

The prodigy says:

“Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.”

Neo: “What truth?“

Prodigy: “There is no spoon.”

The spoon here, has been the New York Jets offense under quarterback Geno Smith. Meaning, there hasn’t been any.

ESPN has ranked Geno Smith 34th out of a possible 38 quarterbacks going into the 2015 NFL season. Some publications have him ranked dead last.

In two seasons as the Jets starting quarterback Smith has compiled an 11-18 record. He has fumbled the ball 16 times (lost seven of them) threw 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. His completion percentage is 57.5.

The stats don’t lie here, Smith hasn’t been very good or very productive. A lot of that has to do with former head coach Rex Ryan’s inability to orchestrate a competitive offense, and lack of offensive talent during that time.1jets2

Regardless, great quarterbacks find a way. Andrew Luck has has no running game, a poor offensive line and mediocre defense, yet he’s led the Indianapolis Colts to three straight playoff appearances.

The good news for Smith and the Jets fans is that Ryan is no longer on the sidelines.

The Jets probably had the best off-season of any team in the NFL. They acquired Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Zac Stacy, Brandon Marshall and drafted Devin Smith and Leonard Williams. Both sides of the field have been upgraded. Their defense should get a ton of “three and outs” and their offense has depth at every position. Everything is in line for Smith to succeed.

It is time for Geno to take the next step and win some games for his team.

Don’t anticipate offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to go conservative on offense. That is not the way to win in today’s NFL.

Last year’s final four teams were equipped with Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. The days of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks just managing the game are over.

I am not suggesting Smith needs to throw 40 touchdowns next year, but he needs to make plays with both his feet and his arm.

Peyton Manning threw 38 interceptions in his first two seasons. Smith has struggled, but it is time to put-up, or be benched.

The Jets haven’t had a franchise quarterback in their prime since Joe Namath. This is Smith’s last chance. If the Jets offense struggles early, Smith could find himself out of the league or a career backup.

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I’m a former AAU and college basketball coach with over 15 years experience. Last summer, I was inducted into the Ramapo College Hall of Fame. After coaching for many years, I realized I had some very interesting and funny stories to share and started touring the country as a comedian. I have performed at the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, The Laugh Factory and Caroline’s in New York City. I am a former graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. The Sports Whisperer is a featured guest on several podcasts across the country. In just 11 months I have written over 250 articles. Some of my preseason predictions included Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy, Aaron Rodgers winning the NFL’s MVP, Duke over Wisconsin in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Stephen Curry winning the NBA’s MVP.