Should the New York Jets Already Be Thinking About Geno Smith?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 1, 2012

September 29, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass in the first quarter in the game against the Baylor Bears at Milan Puskar Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Jets are in trouble. 

Already without Darrelle Revis, they may have lost wideout Santonio Holmes for an extended period of time with a foot injury (h/t Manish Mehta).

To add insult to injury, they were trounced at home by the San Francisco 49ers 34-0, and their starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, was bad...again. 

After his three-touchdown performance in a season-opening win against the Buffalo Bills, Sanchez has thrown two touchdowns, three interceptions and has completed 44 out of 101 passes (43.5 percent). 

Is it time for Gang Green to look ahead to next season and, more specifically, the guy who appears to be the best quarterback in the draft, Geno Smith? 


Not quite yet. 

The Jets are 2-2 and have two wins in their division. 

They have not been able to stack up outside of the AFC East. The future isn't bright with Sanchez under center and the duo of Revis and Holmes on the sideline. 

But to tank after four games with a .500 record? That can't be advocated in the NFL

What has been made clear is the fact that Sanchez is not the answer at quarterback for this organization—an organization that obviously didn't do its job by failing to upgrade the roster at key positions this offseason. 

No, it's not all Sanchez's fault—he hasn't been the lone factor in the Jets ineptitude against the Pittsburgh Steelers and 49ers. 

The defense has regressed—again—the running game is anemic and the receiving corp is far from intimidating. 

Overall, it's a wildly unimpressive group that could easily be on its way to an rebuilding process. Theoretically, it is time to start over for Gang Green, but a quarter of the way through a season is not the time to hit "reset."

What good would it be to remove Sanchez from the starting lineup and insert Tim Tebow

Is he the future? 

Sure, West Virginia's Smith falling into their lap would be ideal. 

Should they start thinking about him? 

Why not? 

However, right now, he's a pipe dream who's seven months away.

The Jets should salvage whatever they can from the 2012 season and deal with what will be an arduous offseason when the postseason is mathematically out of the question.