What started as a promising season for the Jets quickly came crashing down in eight weeks. After a 43-23 home loss to the Bills, there could be some changes coming in New York.
Quarterback Geno Smith, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, has all but flopped this season. Sunday’s game against Buffalo was no different. By the end of the first quarter, three of his eight passes were intercepted.
“It was just atrocious the way that I started out,” Smith said. “I never expected to start a game out like that.”
Backup Mike Vick entered for the struggling QB, but that did not matter. The Jets’ worst start since coach Eric Mangini’s 2007 team has led many in the New York area to call for changes in the Meadowlands.
Many feel that Smith has gotten ample time to succeed with the Jets, but he’s continually come up short. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News wrote that it’s time for New York to move on from Smith and allow Vick to get some starts. It’s not the long-term solution, though it would be an improvement over Smith’s turnover-filled play.
But a quarterback shakeup would just be the beginning. The New York Post went as far as to say coach Rex Ryan should be fired Monday. Although general manager Jon Idzik hasn’t done much to acquire skill position talent, giving Ryan the ax would send more shock waves through the team, according to Mike Vaccaro.
“No, I’m not worried about that,” Ryan said about his future on Sunday. “I’m worried about the team. The team is the focus. I tell you that because it’s true.”