Geno and the Not Yet Jets

Updated: October 30, 2013

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-In a season which many New Yorkers felt was over before it started after then-starting quarterback Mark Sanchez injured his throwing shoulder in the 4th quarter of a pre-season game, there is new hope and optimism.

Especially, after the Jets 30-27 overtime win over the New England Patriots.

But, with their 5th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, Mark Sanchez, out for the season, who is still guaranteed to collect $8.25 million this season, the Jets have some serious decisions to make, especially if their rookie QB Geno Smith, who has been label the answer to No Yet Jets quarterback problems, continues to play well enough to win games.

While Smith’s overall stats so far haven’t been anything to brag about, he does play with sense of confidence and “cockiness” that says, ‘I belong in this league.’

This was made evident early in the pre-season when Smith was battling Sanchez for the starting quarterback position when he  said, “My goal is to be a franchise quarterback…..”

And, despite, Smith’s slow start, let’s not forget, he is no scrub.

Because, even though, his stock dropped in the 2013 NFL Draft, which he was highly criticized and selected 39th overall by the Jets, he had a 71.2 percent completion rate in college as a Senior at West Virginia, while throwing 42 touchdown passes.

Plus, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds during the Combine.

With that said, the Jets roller coaster ride at the quarter back position will probably continue to go up and down with Smith under center just like it did with Sanchez.

This was made evident in the Jets’ 49-9 lost to the Bengals last Sunday. In which, Smith completed 20-of-30 passes for 159 yards, no touchdowns and two picks.

We, however, must remember Sanchez played in the AFC title game with each of his first two seasons in a Jets uniform before going (14-17) as a starter over the last two years,  which he had a league-high 52 turnovers-including the infamous butt-fumble.

With Smith still under center,  the Jets are at .500 with a (4-4) record.

His rookie season in the NFL, however gets more intense week a big game against the (6-1) New Orleans Saints this week at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

 Eric D.Graham is 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. Currently, he is 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

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