I searched some old threads and the discussion in them was dated and did not help.
In dynasty, I am trying to evaluate who or what I have in Geno Smith. There are obviously a ton of negatives at the present moment in regards to Geno and who he is. Part of that comes from NY media and fantasy football fans lambasting anyone who even remotely under achieves.
Geno is still young (25 years of age). He was pressed into one ugly situation his first couple of years with a defensive minded coach and not a ton of weapons at all. In his lone action this year coming in after the first drive as Fitz was hurt he played decent. Geno did some good things as he completed 27 of 42 attempts for 265 yards with 2 td's and 1 int and a qb rating of 87.9. He also had 2 rushing attempts for 34 yards. He still made some young qb mistakes as he did not throw the ball away a couple of times and took some unnecessary hits while scrambling down the sideline. But young qb's make mistakes see Andrew Luck for a comparison. Yet after the game all some people wanted to do with Geno was talk about the negatives. Had another 25 year old qb come in and played this way does he face that same criticism?
At some stage the Jets need to turn to Geno this year to have a look at what they have going forward. Bowles is trying to follow what Bruce Arians did in Arizona by playing a veteran qb to have success. The only problem is Arians has Carson Palmer (an actual good NFL qb) and Bowles has Ryan Fitzpatrick (should have been a career back up and spot starter). The Jets have zero chance of winning a championship this year and Fitz has zero chance of ever leading them to a championship going forward, so the play seems to make the move to Geno. Keep in mind Geno was in line to start this upcoming year prior to being punched by a teammate. Now I get you need not put yourself in situations like that, but it happened and it is time to move on. He did not get a DUI, he did not beat his wife and he had an immature disagreement with a teammate. One which caused the team to cut the teammate.
There are only 4 starting QB's in the entire NFL that are 25 years of age or younger: Bortles 23, Carr 24, Teddy 23, and Winston 21. Geno just turned 25 years old a month ago. The Jets have a 5 and 4 record at the present time with Fitz as the starter. The Jets still have not beat a team over .500. I have no doubt in my mind that Geno could have had this team at 5 and 4. In 2013 as a rookie Geno lead the team to an 8-8 record. Fitzpatrick has been who he has always been through his career, a below average starter. He is completing less than 60% of his passes and is not going to take you to places you want to get. With Fitz hurt and the Jets being an average team that does seem however to be moving in the right direction it seems like the perfect time to play Geno in the back half of this year.
What do you think?