By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Geno outplays Brady?
“Geno is laying a foundation for a great career-“ said newly acquired Jets wide receiver Josh Cribbs.
NORTH CAROLINA(BASN)-Geno outplayed Tom Brady.
I know, it sounds crazy.
But, it is true.
Rookie Geno Smith, who was 17-33 for 233 yards with one pick and one touchdown, led the NY Jets “pass” their hated AFC Eastern divisional rivals the New England Patriots, which was the first time in five attempts that “Gang Green” has come out victorious against the “bad boys” from Boston.
Even with the controversial overtime second chance courtesy 15-yard penalty from Pats DT Chris Jones, which allowed the Jets kicker Nick Foley to redeem himself after missing a 55-yard field goal to make a 42-yard attempt for a 30-27 victory later, Smith still outplayed Brady.
Why? Because, stat wise, Smith’s 71.9 passer rating was better than Brady’s 53.3 rating.
Matter of fact, Brady, who has an 18-4 career record against the Jets, completed only 22 out of 46 passes for only 228 yards, one INT and no touchdown in the disappointing lost.
Despite Brady’s poor performance, all of those loyal Jet fans and Black QB supporters shouldn’t start believing that Smith is better than Brady.
Even though the Jets won, Brady hasn’t made any excuses for his poor performance even with a collasping offensive line, which is providing little protection for him in the pocket.
It is obvious, however, that he is suffering from a squad of young inexperience wide receiver , which include: Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, Austin Collie, Josh Boyce, and Michael Hoomanawanui.
Therefore, with TE Rob Gronkowski back in the line-up, after recovering from a back and ankle injury, he was targeted 17 times by Brady against the Jets, which he caught eight passes for 114 yards.
Plus, if he could have made a one-hand catch across the middle late in the game, we would be still talking about how great Brady is instead of how good Geno potentially can be.
However, with Brady’s shaky start this season, many NFL analysts are questioning whether it is time for the Pats’ organization to look for a future replacement for the 36-year old quarterback, who since becoming the starting QB in 2011, has won 157 games with Bill Belichick on the sideline, which includes 17 playoff wins, and three Super Bowl victory.
No need to panic, however.
There isn’t a request for Brady to be benched.
Let’s not get ridiculous.
But, the Pats’ Belichick-Brady combo hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2005 after winning three in four years.
With that said, who will be the Patriots’ replacement as Tom Brady gets older? Is backup QB Ryan Millet from Arkansas really the answer?
Because, it was obivious that Tim Tebow wasn’t.
But, despite Brady’s eight touchdowns, five interceptions, and 75.3 quarterback rating so far this season, the Patriots are still (5-2) and in first place in the AFC East.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com