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Manish Mehta of The NY Times Discusses Geno Smith on The RE Show – 8/11/15

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>> SO HE HAD TO GO TO PRACTICE.
AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.
A COLUMNIST FOR THE DAILY NEWS
HAS BEEN AROUND THE JETS JOINS
ME ON THE PROGRAM, I'VE NEVER
STARTED AN INTERVIEW THIS WAY,
BUT I'M GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY,
WTF.
>> YEAH, IT'S PRETTY STUNNING
NEWS, RIGHT?
>> YES, WHAT HAPPENED?
>> WELL, I MEAN, WE WERE TRYING
TO FIND OUT THE DETAILS.
IT OBVIOUSLY HAPPENED THIS
MORNING, AND BY THE SOUNDS OF
IT, IT APPEARS THAT GENO SMITH
WAS NOT AT FAULT HERE, BUT I
THINK WE'LL GET A BETTER IDEA OF
WHAT THEY WERE ARGUING ABOUT,
DOESN'T SEEM LIKE ANYTHING
IMPORTANT.
IN FACT BOWLES INDICATED THAT IT
WAS SOMETHING TRIVIAL, SIXTH
GRADE STUFF, SILLY STUFF, WHICH
IS INCREDIBLY UNFORTUNATE, AND
INCREDIBLY ODD CONSIDERING ALL
THE DISCUSSION YESTERDAY ABOUT
CAM NEWTON GETTING IN A FIGHT
AND WHETHER CORNERBACKS, DOESN'T
SEEM LIKE AN INCIDENT, AN
ISOLATED INCIDENT.
GENO SMITH, AT LEAST FROM THE
PEOPLE THAT I'VE SPOKEN TO IN
THE LOCKER ROOM WAS GIVEN, YOU
KNOW, A FAIR CHANCE HERE.
SO THIS PROBABLY IS A PERSONAL
THING.
I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS
YET, WE'LL FIND OUT IN THE
COMING HOURS, BUT WHAT'S
INTERESTING, RICH, IS THAT HE'S
GONE FOR SIX TO TEN WEEKS, EVEN
WHEN HE COMES BACK, MONTH, MONTH
AND A HALF INTO THE REGULAR
SEASON, HE MAY NEVER PLAY FOR
THE JETS AGAIN.
IF THE JETS ARE WINNING AND RYAN
FITZPATRICK IS THE STARTING
QUARTERBACK AND HEALTHY, I CAN'T
FORESEE A POSSIBILITY THAT TODD
BOWLES WOULD MAKE A QUARTERBACK
CHANGE.
YOU'RE NOT EXACTLY MAKING A
CHANGE FOR GENO SMITH BECAUSE
HE'S GREAT THUS FAR IN HIS
CAREER.
IT WAS UNCERTAIN HOW HE WOULD
FAIR IN HIS THIRD SEASON YAY.
SO IF RYAN FITZPATRICK IS
WINNING GAMES, I CAN FORESEE A
POSSIBILITY WHERE HE NEVER PLAYS
FOR THE JETS, NOT ONLY THIS
YEAR, BUT NEVER AGAIN.
>> SINCE YOU BROUGHT UP
FITZPATRICK, LET ME HIT YOU
THERE FIRST.
HIS TRACK RECORD IS OVER THE
SPAN OF GAMES ONE THROUGH FOUR,
QUALITY QUARTERBACK, GAMES FOUR
THROUGH EIGHT, NOT SO MUCH.
AND HE CAN, HE THINKS HE IS, FAR
HARVARD MAN, HE COULD FIT
ANYTHING INTO HIS WINDOW IN HIS
MIND AND HE THROWS ALL SORTS OF
PASSES THAT HE HAS NO BUSINESS
TRYING TO FIT IN THERE, AND IN A
WORLD WHERE YOU'RE TRYING TO NOT
CREATE TURNOVERS, YOU KNOW,
EXCEPT ON DEFENSE, THIS MAY NOT
WORK.
SO, HOW, HOW QUICKLY CAN BRYCE
PETTY PERHAPS BE BROUGHT UP TO
SPEED?
>> WELL, I THINK IT'S GOING TO
BE A WAY HERE, RICH, I THINK
THEY'RE GOING TO BRING IN A
VETERAN QUARTERBACK TO BE THE
NUMBER TWO.
I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GO INTO
2015 WITH BRYCE PETTY AS YOUR
NUMBER TWO.
HE'S JUST NOT READY YET.
HE HAS THE EXTREMELY SMART GUY,
BUT HE NEEDS TIME TO UNDERSTAND
NFL DEFENSES.
AND UNDERSTAND PRO STYLE
OFFENSE.
I DON'T THINK TODD BOWLES WILL
MAKE HIM THE NUMBER TWO
QUARTERBACK ENTERING 2015.
I THINK THEY'LL SIGN A VETERAN
AND I WOULD BE SHOCKED IF THEY
DIDN'T, RYAN FITZPATRICK'S
BACKUP.
AND ALL THE POINTS YOU LAID OUT
ABOUT FITZPATRICK ARE ABSOLUTELY
FAIR.
HE DID HAVE HIS BEST SEASON AS A
PRO IN BUFFALO, UNDER THE
SYSTEM, AND FOR ALL THE TIMES WE
TALKED ABOUT GENO SMITH HAVING
PROBABLY HIS BEST SET OF RECORDS
AROUND HIM, THESE ARE PROBABLY
THE BEST SET OF RECORDS THAT
RYAN FITZPATRICK HAS ALWAYS, YOU
KNOW, HAD IN HIS CAREER.
SO, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE
SOME TIMELY PLAYS, YOU'RE RIGHT,
HE DOESN'T TYPICALLY TAKE THE
CAUTIOUS ROUTE, BUT HE'LL HAVE
TO DO SO.
IF HE CAN MAKE FOUR, FIVE
QUALITY PLAYS A GAME AND TAKE
CARE OF THE FOOTBALL BECAUSE FOR
ALL HIS TURNOVERS IN HIS PATH,
LAST YEAR HE TOOK CARE OF THE
FOOTBALL.
IT'S GOING TO BE HIS OPPORTUNITY
HERE, I CAN SEE A POSSIBILITY
AGAIN WHERE RYAN FITZPATRICK IS
THE JETS STARTER OF WEEK ONE TO
WEEK 17.
>> SO LET ME ASK YOU THIS, I'M
ON THE PHONE WITH THE NEW YORK
DAILY NEWS WHB YOU'RE
SUCKER-PUNCHED, IT'S NOT YOUR
FAULT, OBVIOUSLY, BUT HE IS THE
FIRST STRING QUARTERBACK OF AN
NFL TEAM.
AND HE SHOULD HAVE A CONTROL OF
THE LOCKER ROOM AND THE RESPECT
OF A LOCKER ROOM.
HE SHOULD BE LIKE SANTIAGO IN A
FEW GOOD MEN WHERE HE'S BEEN
TOLD HE CANNOT BE TOUCHED.
AND IF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOLD
THAT SANTIAGO CANNOT BE TOUCHED,
THEN WHY WAS HE TOUCHED, MANISH?
WHY WAS HE TOUCHED?
>> WE DON'T KNOW THE DYNAMICS OF
WHAT HAPPENED.
AND YOU'RE RIGHT, YOU KNOW, HE
SHOULD HAVE THE RESPECT AMONG
THE TEAMMATES, IT DOESN'T
MATTER, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THIS
TEAM, HOW THIS TEAM WAS
CONSTRUCTED, HE WAS GOING TO BE
THEIR STARTING QUARTERBACK AND
HAD WANT MOST PROMISE AT LEAST
FOR 2015 AMONG THE THREE GUYS
THEY.
TALL TAKE IS ONE GUY, RICH, ALL
IT TAKES IS ONE GUY TO GET IN A
FIGHT WITH THE QUARTERBACK.
IT'S EASY FOR US TO SAY HOW
COULD ANYBODY LAY HANDS ON THE
STARTING QUARTERBACK, BUT I
DON'T KNOW THE DYNAMICS OF HIS
RELATIONSHIP WITH IK, I DON'T
KNOW THOUSAND ESCALATED, WHY IT
ESCALATED.
THESE ARE TWO YOUNG PLAYERS, AND
CLEARLY IK IS IMMATURE BECAUSE
YOU SUCKER-PUNCH A GUY OVER
SOMETHING THAT WAS TRIVIAL IF
YOU BELIEVE THE HEAD COACH AND
YOU HAVE NO REASON NOT TO
BELIEVE TODD BOWLES.
SO AGAIN, THERE'S GOT TO BE A
LOT OF LAYERS TO THIS THAT'LL BE
UNCOVERED AT SOME POINT LATER
TODAY IN THE COMING DAYS, BUT ON
THE SURFACE, IT'S CERTAINLY A
BAD LOOK AND REALLY MAKES, IF
YOU'RE A SMART PLAYER ON THE
TEAM, NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK,
YOU REALIZE THAT FOR BETTER OR
WORSE, YOU DID NEED HIM ENTERING
THE SEASON.
>> MANISH, THANKS FOR CALLING
IN, I APPRECIATE IT.
>> THANKS RICH, TAKE CARE.