16 Games: 2890 Passing Yards, 16 Passing Touchdowns, 16 Interceptions, 147 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns, 4 Fumbles
14 Games: 2525 Passing Yards, 13 Passing Touchdowns, 13 Interceptions, 238 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown, 5 Fumbles
The first stat line belongs to the 2nd year of quarterback Alex Smith's career; the second one belongs to the 2nd year of Geno Smith's career. Now I'm not trying to say that Geno Smith is a better quarterback than Alex Smith because he certainly is not. Hell it's probably even naive to compare the two, but I'm not comparing Geno to current day Alex Smith, I'm comparing him to the Alex Smith that was once labeled a mega bust. The same Alex Smith that broke out of that bust label and became a solid starting NFL QB for the 49ers seven years after being drafted by them. The exact same Alex Smith that lit the Jets on fire with a 105.2 QB rating just 2 weeks ago. The point I'm getting at here is that one of the biggest mistakes you can make in the NFL is not let a player develop. Geno Smith won 8 games as a rookie with a receiving core of Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Clyde Gates, Kellen Winslow, and Jeff Cumberland. He also posted a perfect quarterback rating the last time he started in a regular season game. Ryan Fitzpatrick has literally thrown away an unbelievable opportunity with a talented Jets offense. It's time that Geno Smith is given another shot. I'm not Nostradamus... Geno could play worse than Fitzpatrick for all I know. Something I can definitively say though is that this season is headed down the drain, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is not a long-term option. So why not see if Geno can show any potential in an 11 game tryout under the final year of his contract.
One Smith was given the time and opportunity to become a solid starting NFL quarterback, leading the 49ers to an NFC Championship Game appearance and leading the Chiefs to the playoffs 2 out of 3 years. The other Smith, well we may never know what he could've developed into. All we do know is that our coach is willing to ride or die with a quarterback that has twice as many interceptions as touchdowns this year. In the words of the great Tony Stark, "not a great plan."
Time for a change Todd.