Is Geno Smith ready for New York?
I almost feel sorry for the New York Jets. Almost.
As if the Jets didn't have enough drama surrounding the team after picking quarterback Geno Smith with the 39th overall pick of last week's NFL draft, this report from Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole certainly doesn't paint Smith in the best light and should make the Jets concerned.
Needless to say, Smith looks like he will ably fill the daily drama void recently vacated by the release of Tim Tebow. Tebow was a bad decision from the beginning and the Jets finally acknowledged the mistake Monday in this report from Brian Costello at the New York Post.
Want to know why the Jets are one of the worst teams in football? Simply look at the Jets and then look at the decision to tie their fortunes to Smith. The first thing that Smith does publicly as the new face of the Jets franchise is fire his agents (via NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal), showing absolutely no accountability for his performance in college and his behavior leading up to the NFL draft.
While it is understandable that Smith was upset that he wasn't drafted in the first round, the weeks leading up to the draft should have prepared him for that possibility. Every bad team in the NFL that needed a franchise quarterback passed on Smith. Whether he wants to admit it or not, that's not his agents' fault.
It's was a pretty clear statement from the NFL. Smith is not Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson or Robert Griffin III. He's not even Ryan Tannehill or Andy Dalton. He's a project walking into a situation where he will be expected to be a franchise quarterback.
Should the Jets be concerned about Geno Smith?
While the Jets drafted defensive studs Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson, they did nothing to address their offensive shortcomings. It's easy to make the argument that outside of the Jacksonville Jaguars, no team in the AFC has less offensive talent than the Jets.
Meaning no matter who the quarterback is for the Jets next season, they might struggle to match the six wins they posted in 2012.
Drafting Smith started the clock ticking for the end of Mark Sanchez's time in New York. While Sanchez continues to say all of the right things, it is clear that he knows the end is coming in this report from Yahoo! Sports' Dennis Waszak Jr.
All the quarterback drama means that the gap between the Jets and the New England Patriots continues to get wider and wider.