With Ryan Fitzpatrick coming in and the struggles of Geno Smith throughout his young career, it was expected that some sort of quarterback competition would be had in New York.
That’s not the case, according to Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. The job is Smith’s.
“That’s the way we expect it to be,” Gailey said of Smith starting in Week 1. “Unless something happens with an injury, something that you don’t foresee, that’s how we anticipate it going.”
Gailey comments come as a surprise for a few reasons, one of which is the unimpressive start Smith has had to his career. In his two seasons with the Jets, he ranks 30th in completion percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio, and 29th in QBR out of 31 qualified quarterbacks.
The Jets acquired Fitzpatrick in the offseason in a trade with the Houston Texans. New head coach Todd Bowles has previously said that Smith enters training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but he’d have to earn it.
Not the case, Gailey said.
According to Gailey, there “wasn’t a thought” about an open competition at the quarterback position.
In addition to acquiring Fitzpatrick, the Jets drafted quarterback Bryce Petty in the fourth round of the NFL Draft this year. He won’t see the field this year, at least the Jets hope not.
It sounds like they hope Fitzpatrick won’t either.
Quotes used in this story were obtained through this Rich Cimini story.