Geno Smith Replaced at QB, New York Jets Fall to 1-7
The New York Jets have been a circus this season. Today, the Jets fell to the Buffalo Bills 43-23 at Metlife Stadium, falling to 1-7 on the season. New York has lost seven in a row for the first time since 2005.
Geno Smith was pulled in favor of Michael Vick late in the first quarter after throwing his third interception of the game. New addition Percy Harvin, who was acquired from the Seattle Seahawks for a 2015 conditional draft pick,had three receptions for 23 yards while adding 28 yards on the ground. The game was close at halftime as Nick Folk kicked a 55 yard field goal as time expired in the first half. But the Jets were outscored 20-6 in the second half with the game pretty much over going into the fourth quarter.
So where do the Jets go from here? In the difficult AFC East division that is clearly out of reach and a season that is by all means over, many questions still loom.
1. Will Rex Ryan be fired?
After reaching back-to-back AFC Champiomship games in 2009 and 2010, the Jets have failed to get back to the playoffs since. In his sixth season as the head coach, Rex Ryan has a record of 43-44. Just two weeks ago, Ryan admitted that if his team doesn't right the ship he believes he will be fired. "You're right, if that's the case and we don't get this thing on the right track, I don't think for a minute I'll be here. I know I won't, but I believe this team will right itself and we'll find a way." Well now that the team has fallen to 1-7, Rex Ryan's job is quickly slipping from his grasp.
2. Is Geno Smith a NFL starting quarterback?
Coming out of training camp, the Jets organization was very pleased with the development of Geno Smith. After showing promising signs at the end of last season, Geno Smith looked poised to take the reigns for the Jets in his second season in the NFL. The team brought in Michael Vick to contend for the starting job, but it was evident early in camp that it was Smith's job to lose. But after just eight games, Geno Smith has thrown 10 interceptions while only throwing seven touchdown passes in that same span. Smith looks extremely uncomfortable in the spotlight of New York. With a high draft pick looming, Geno Smith's days as the quarterback for the New York Jets are numbered.
3. Can Percy Harvin be an every down wide receiver?
Percy Harvin was dealt to the Jets from the Seattle Seahawks just a day after the Jets fell to the Patriots on Thursday Night Football two weeks ago. The speedy wideout is a great addition to the Jets who lack explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball. But can he really be expected to be an every down receiver? Seattle used Harvin mostly in the screen game, a little out of the backfield and had him on special teams returning kicks. Harvin says that he wants to be defined strictly as a wide receiver and not a player that did a little bit of everything else. Percy Harvin unquestionably brings intrigue to this lackluster offense but without a quality quarterback to get him the ball, the addition of Harvin might go rather unnoticed in the short run.
The New York Jets generated plenty of excitement coming into this year. A team that was expected to compete for a playoff spot in the AFC, the Jets are now inevitably looking ahead to the offseason where a complete overhaul is expected for Gang Green. For all the Jets fans out there, just remember, it can only get better from here.