There are some things that you simply cannot do as NFL quarterback – like throw two touchdowns and 10 interceptions in four games. Ryan Fitzpatrick did exactly that, which is why Geno Smith will get the start this Sunday against Baltimore.
Smith, a former second-rounder, has played in just two games since 2014. He has thrown for 27 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in his 32-game career.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Bart Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I think he’ll do some bad things, make some mistakes. But at this point, you just can’t be afraid to fail and just let it rip. Just throw the ball. At the end of the day, you should have a longer leash because they’re not going to go right back to Fitzpatrick and the other kid (Christian Hackenberg) isn’t ready. So you should have confidence that you get a game or two. You can’t be afraid. You got to go out there and show command of the huddle and go make plays.”
Smith played in 30 games in 2013-14 but just two since the start of last season. He has struggled to read defenses and avoid turnovers throughout this career.
But given the Jets’ 1-5 record, Scott isn’t too concerned about the past; he’s concerned about the present.
“Everybody’s been saying what you can’t do. Show them what you can do,” Scott said. “Show them that you have that big arm and have some anticipation. It’s not like he’s playing against a (lockdown) defense. It’s without (Terrell) Suggs. They gave up big plays last week.”
Indeed, Odell Beckham Jr. had touchdown catches of 75 and 66 yards last week.
“It’s going to be up to Chan Gailey to kind of (do) what Geno does best,” Scott said. “Make him decisive, put him on the run, use his athleticism but take shots down the field because the Ravens have given up plenty of balls over their head.”
Kickoff on Sunday is at 1 p.m. ET.