According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the New York Jets are “toying” with the idea of using QB Geno Smith as a change-of-pace quarterback on offense with a set of designed read-option runs. This would be similar to what former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano did sparingly with Tim Tebow last season.
The whole concept of a change-of-pace quarterback is a bad idea that does not bode well for an already putrid offense. It undermines Sanchez, and doesn’t really give Smith the necessary reps to establish a rhythm or develop as a quarterback. Taking advantage of Smith’s athleticism isn’t the worst idea, but Smith seems to prefer playing in the pocket.
Smith has apparently turned in a “lackluster performance” with the team thus far, and Cimini says to “bet the rent on Sanchez starting Week 1.” The Jets are likely to give Smith every opportunity to win the starting job, but signs point to Sanchez winning out over his rookie competition. It’s clear that the organization doesn’t have a lot of confidence in either quarterback right now.