And the New York media will turn on Geno Smith in 3, 2, 1.
The rookie quarterback was taken out in the fourth quarter of the Jets' Week 11 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, per the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.
Matt Simms has replaced Geno Smith in the fourth quarter. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 17, 2013
When looking at Smith's stat line, it's not hard to see why Rex Ryan opted to bring in Matt Simms.
Geno Smith's final numbers: 8 for 23, 103 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 4 TOs... QB rating: 10.1. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 17, 2013
Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy took the last of those three interceptions 32 yards to the house.
This is the second time Simms has come on in the fourth quarter to replace Smith. As the Jets were down big to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8, the 25-year-old entered the game and ended up completing three of seven passes for 17 yards.
Things started out well this week, as Simms took the Jets down for their second touchdown of the game. He connected with Jeff Cumberland for a 13-yard catch.
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal is already smelling the drama.
Uh oh. Matt Simms-Geno QB controversy!— gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) November 17, 2013
Despite Simms' success, this was only a temporary move. After the game, head coach Rex Ryan told the media that Smith will remain the starting quarterback (via Mehta):
Rex Ryan says Geno Smith will be starting QB next week. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 17, 2013
This was an obvious move and Smith will continue to be the Jets' quarterback of the future. It's way too early for the team to give up on a player it selected in the second round of this year's draft.