While Smith’s status for next game is unclear, legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath apparently thought Smith could have returned to the game. That didn’t sit well with Broadway Joe, an Alabama alum who was used to playing through anything in the heyday of his career. NY beat Baltimore on Sunday, with Ryan Fitzpatrick completing 9 of 14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.
If this is indeed the end, Smith’s final completion as a Jet was a 7-yard pass to Matt Forte, his final touchdown the 69-yard catch and run by Quincy Enunwa, and his final play the sack that ended with him clutching his knee.
In Philadelphia, Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks was carted off the field after suffering a right knee injury late while making a tackle in the first quarter. This season the team started with high hopes, which quickly faded as Fitzpatrick threw int after int each game and the offense was then completely stifled in Arizona in week 6. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. “We also had to make some roster moves just to get 46 guys active”.
The Jets are now 2-5, though their quarterback situation does not seem any clearer even after Fitzpatrick’s improved play against Baltimore.
“I think it’s awful”, Enunwa said.
Fitzpatrick probably gained some points from Namath on that last quote detailing how bad he really wants his starting role back. After Smith suffered an injury, which turned out to be a torn ACL, in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, Fitzpatrick took over.
“When you hear that, that’s tough luck for the kid”, coach Todd Bowles said during a conference call. The Jets did look much better last week, but their chances of having a winning season are very slim. If I don’t do my job or the (general manager) doesn’t do his job and the quarterback doesn’t do his job and the team doesn’t do (its) job, eventually, they’ll replace us all.
In the four wins since 2008, he’s gone 56-for-91 for 584 yards with seven touchdowns and an interception.
As a result of the injury, the Jets will return to Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. He will likely be the starting quarterback once again when the Jets face the Cleveland Browns in Week 8. Fitzpatrick had played well in one of the first six games before the team turned to Smith, which provided plenty of reason for the team to wonder if he was the right man for the job.