Geno Smith told reporters on Monday that he will be the starting quarterback against the Raiders in Week 14, despite being benched during Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, per Kimberley Martin.
Smith mentioned that quarterbacks coach David Lee informed him of the team’s decision today.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter speculated earlier in the day that New York could turn to veteran David Garrard this week, but that doesn’t appear to be a consideration at this point in time.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter mentioned on Monday’s Sportcenter that “it would not be an upset” if the Jets turned to David Garrard as their quarterback for Week 14.
“I think the short-term answer may just be David Garrard, the veteran, who has been on the bench and was brought in to help this team,” said Schefter. “…And if you’re the Jets and you want to try to make a playoff run, maybe a veteran who has been through the playoff fire before gives you the best chance to do that. It would not be an upset if they turn to David Garrard this week.”
The Jets re-signed Garrard back in October and was later activated from the Exempt List. Since then, Garrard has been inactive for all of their games.
Rookie QB Geno Smith is putting up numbers very similar to that of Mark Sanchez from a year ago, which further illustrates his overall struggles in his first year in the NFL. The Jets were forced to bench him on Sunday following another bad outing and they turned to Matt Simms who did very little against the Dolphins on Sunday as well.
In Smith’s past three games, he has an average completion percentage of 38.5 to go along with 259 yards total passing, zero touchdowns, six interceptions and a fumble. Given the lack of available options right now, it makes sense that the Jets would at the very least consider the idea of going with the veteran this week to see if anything changes.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets quarterback situation throughout the week.