Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has shown he can serve as a very competent starting quarterback in the NFL. Last season in Houston he put up 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 12 games. Fitzpatrick has a lot of experience with Chan Gailey and should be able to run the offense. His career record is 33-55 however. The Jets may not reach their full potential with Fitzpatrick running the show. The 32 year old will never be anything special. By no means am I saying Geno Smith is going to be elite, but he has the potential to grow into a much better quarterback in his third season. People may forget that he is only 24 years old. The situation is not a blessing in disguise. If the Jets were to go into the regular season with the quarterbacks they have on the roster without Smith, Fitzpatrick would be backed up by a rookie. The third stringer at the moment is Jake Heaps. The outside options are not eye-popping either. Rex Grossman, Matt Flynn, and Tyler Thigpen, are some names currently on the open market.
Before the incident, there were nothing but good vibes surronding Geno. He was lighting up camp and had formed a great relationship with wide receiver Brandon Marshall. He had finished last season on a positive note with his perfect game in Miami. Geno was outperforming Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty by a good margin, and was being raved about by head coach Todd Bowles. Now that Geno has had surgery,he may start the season on short-term IR. This would mean he would miss the first four games. If FItzpatrick plays well and the Jets are winning, great. However, we should all be rooting for Geno to return and play well.