New York Jets general manager John Idzik was the man to pull the trigger and draft Geno Smith before he fell to the second round of the 2013 Draft, believing he was getting a franchise quarterback, now he's not so sure.
Geno Smith was yanked from the starting line-up against the Buffalo Bills after throwing three interceptions on his first three drives and waining faith in the second year gunslinger is a telling sign in his future with the franchise.
Michael Vick was his replacement and he didn't fair much better in the catastrophic 43-23 home defeat to their divisional rivals and it left everyone in New York pondering whether they actually had a franchise quarterback in their ranks.
For any team to be successful in the NFL it is paramount they have a franchise quarterback to lead them and the position most certainly needs to be stable, neither of these aspects seem to be visual for the Jets.
Idzik then granted an interview not long after the loss to the Bills to SNY, in which the man who's in the position to build a contender for the New York organisation admitted that he isn't even sure whether their current roster boasts a franchise signal caller.
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Not enough faith in Geno
When asked about the position of Smith in regards to being a franchise quarterback in New York, Idzik responded:
“Don’t know that. Don’t know that. That’s still to be determined. You don’t wanna try to answer that question too prematurely, especially when you’re dealing with a younger quarterback in Geno. When you’re dealing with a younger quarterback, or at any position, but specifically at quarterback, there are going to be rough times."
"Very rarely do you get the plug and play player in this league, much less at the most difficult position. It’s a matter of seeing them through those rough times and hoping those rough times become fewer and farther between, and the type of mistakes they make, they don’t repeat those mistakes. That’s what we’re going through now. We will continue with the development curve and we will continue searching. We’ll continue to try to enhance that position in any way we can.”
When your general manager isn't showing faith in your progression after two years at the elite level, can you hold much hope for the future within the team you currently suit up for?
Idzik hasn't expressed his belief that Smith could one day become a franchise kind of quarterback but he was on board with the first quarter benching of the 24-year-old in favour of Michael Vick.
It seems that Izdik, the man who drafted Smith out of West Virginia and presented him to Rex Ryan as their quarterback moving forward, has no idea as to what Smith is recognised as at this present time.
Its a far distant viewpoint from that of Woody Johnson who said earlier this month:
“I have a lot of confidence in Geno, I think Geno can be a franchise quarterback.”
Smith may develop into a top calibre quarterback in this league, there are many who still believe he has the tools to excel at the position but all signals point to his future lying somewhere other than New York.