New York Jets' Todd Bowles On Geno Smith: 'They're Backups For A Reason'
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) leaves the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles made it very clear how he feels about some of the backups on his squad, particularly Geno Smith.

Todd Bowles is making it very clear what he thinks about Geno Smith.

When speaking with Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday, the New York Jets head coach explained what he thinks about the non-starters on his football team:

“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.”

This was in reference to Geno Smith’s comments prior to the game. Smith has been very eager to speak out in the media about “getting his chance” to play.

It seems Bowles isn’t too eager or fond about Smith opening his mouth.

A visibly frustrated Geno was spotted on the sideline on Monday Night Football while Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets were struggling mightily. He did, indeed, receive his chance against the Arizona Cardinals, but promptly failed to see right edge pressure (fumbling) and throwing an interception after completing a few underneath passes against a prevent/loose Cards defense.

This entire situation is amusing. Entering 2015, Geno was the undoubted starter of the team. There was no quarterback decision or open competition to be had. Geno was the guy while the newcomer Fitzpatrick had to wait his turn.

A terrible leadership decision on Geno’s part involving IK Enemkpali, has changed everything. Fitz took his shot and ran with it, which appropriately placed him as the guy entering 2016.

Obviously, Bowles isn’t having fun with New York’s poor record of 1-5.

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