When asked on Tuesday about the Jets offseason additions and the impact they might have on Smith, Colon answered frankly.
“We bought the Porsche,” Colon said. “We’ve given him the keys. He can’t crash it. Bottom line, he can’t crash it. We need him to be on top of his game.”
Despite offensive coordinator Chan Gailey naming Smith the starter, head coach Todd Bowles said it will be more of an “open competition” for the quarterback spot (May 27).
“Geno’s career right now is extremely turbulent. He was never ready to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets,” Colon said. “When Mark went down, he was thrown into the fire, and he was forced to cook. Everybody knows in this league, to be a quarterback, which is the number one position on the field, it’s a maturation period you have to go through.”
In 29 games started, Smith is 11-18 and has a career QB rating of 71.5.
Colon, 32, is expected to be fighting for a roster spot in training camp after serving as the Jets starting right guard the past two seasons.
Colon is always one for a great quote and he's not wrong for saying what he did. The Jets need to get the most out of Geno Smith this season and he can't make mistakes and his margin for doing so will be very thin with a much more viable backup behind him than he had a year ago with Mike Vick.