McDonald: Time To Cut Geno

(Neil Miller/Sportsday Wire)

Enough already.

After a week of going down to the depths of laughingstock hell, it’s time for the Jets to make a statement.

It’s time to cut Geno Smith.

After the sucker punch incident last Tuesday, more and more leaks have come out of Florham Park. Was Geno the instigator or was it all IK Enemkpali fault?

Up until yesterday most of the anonymous quotes ripped the third year quarterback. Brandon Marshall came to Smith’s defense on the record.

Too little, too late.

Not to be outdone, former coach Rex Ryan immediately picked up Enemkpali, parading him around western New York like the Snoopy Trophy he won when Rex got Mark Sanchez injured.

Then, yesterday Smith was pictured in the NY Post playing a game of catch with a football two days after getting jaw surgery, making the organization very unhappy.

If general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles are really interested in changing the culture, then it’s time to end the madness and give Smith his walking papers.

Look, he’s already out until at least October and the way these things go, it will probably be closer to November. By that time, Ryan Fitzpatrick will have Jets on a roll and Geno will be nailed to the bench or Gang Green will be in the tank and it really wouldn’t matter if who’s under center. 2015 would be shot.

Frankly, you are not cutting Johnny Unitas here. Smith is a failed second round draft pick, who only had the starting job because there was no one better for the club. Even if he was healthy, there’s a good chance he would be the same interception throwing machine he was the past two years.

And so what if Ryan comes in and swoops up Smith like he did with Enemkpali. They can all sing Kumbaya together in Buffalo. It would still be better for the franchise.

If Bowles is serious in changing the culture in Florham Park, he can’t have these types of distractions. When the most important player on the field takes chances with his career and causes a rift in the locker room, it’s time to look in a different direction.

Smith is proving he’s not the man to lead the Jets. There’s no need to keep him around. Let Fitzpatrick run the offense and even see if Bryce Petty has a shot. If neither is the answer, then at least the team will have a high draft choice out there for the club to possibly grab a franchise QB.

But it’s time for the culture to change in Florham Park.

It’s time to cut Geno Smith.

About the Author

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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