News broke last night that Geno Smith, the quarterback of the New York Jets, had his jaw broken by team mate IK Enemkpali in the locker room.
Enemkpali was released shortly after the incident; coach Todd Bowles said "IK is gone, it’s something we don’t tolerate, something we can’t stand. You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face.”
A tough but correct decision for coach Bowles to make.
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IK Enemkpali has had a history of violence, he had an incident involving the police back in his time at Louisiana Tech, but this was something the Jets knew but accepted when they drafted him in the sixth round of the 2014 draft.
Sad to say though that this incident may well have shut the door on his NFL career, you do not punch a teams quarterback, especially the starter.That kind of incident puts a big asterisk mark next to your name on anyone's free agency list.
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For the New York Jets this will mean that the starting quarterback position lands in Ryan Fitzpatrick's lap. It could be worse.
Fitzpatrick is an established, veteran quarterback who will take on the role that Kyle Orton similarly had when the Bills benched EJ Manuel last year.
Okay the circumstances are different, EJ wasn't injured, but the situation the veteran QB is stepping into is similar. Like the Bills, the Jets have a strong defence and a strong run game, it will be Fitzpatrick's duty to manage the game.
If Fitzpatrick plays well enough, it could prompt Todd Bowles to make that QB switch permanent. The Jets have a talented roster on offence, with receivers like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker its hard to imagine Fitzpatrick struggling to throw the ball when needed.
What next for Geno?
Once Geno Smith is healthy enough to play,which could be in ten weeks time, the Jets might be in a situation where weaning a new guy back into the offence and letting him shake of the rust might not be an option.
One thing i can say for certain though is that i feel really bad for Geno Smith; despite all the criticism he has received (a lot deserved) he has never lost the enthusiasm or belief that he is the Jets starter.
Even after suffering this shock injury he posted on Instagram "I'll be back". Hopefully for his careers sake, he returns as the Jets starter and leads this talented Jets squad to the playoffs.