Well Scam Newton, it looks like you are off the hook. I guess if there was a franchise that was going to swoop in and make a boisterous starting quarterback getting in a full on fist fight with one of his defensive teammates look like a non-story, it was bound to be the Jets. Hey Geno, who's laughing now? Nothing will make sure you are tight lipped with the media like getting your jaw wired shut for a month and a half.
It may seem like this is terrible news for Geno Smith heading into an extremely important season in terms of the rest of his career, but I actually think the opposite is true. Once your teammate sucker punches you and shatters your facial structure, thus keeping you out for half the season, that buys you at least one more year as a starting quarterback. Geno Smith could barely overcome a weak side blitz last year. Now we are going to expect him to overcome a mostly football-less training camp at the hands of his teammate? I don't think the tail end of this season will be extremely telling of the capabilities of Geno Smith as a signal caller. If there is quarterback that can't be expected to succeed after missing out on 10 weeks of reps it's Geno Smith. To flat out declare that he isn't capable of leading an NFL franchise after a season that was compromised by the less-than-friendly fire of a 6th round draft pick would be disingenuous. It wouldn't be giving him a fair shake. As far as I am concerned, the Jets can't tell me that the Geno Smith experiment was a failure until at least halfway through 2016. For a player that was debatably the worst starting quarterback in the NFL until about 20 minutes ago, that benefit of the doubt is priceless. Every season he has a definable role on a team, and a weekly direct deposit from the NFL, is to be considered a small victory. Even if it due to his teammate knocking him the fuck out.
In all seriousness, you have got to feel bad for Geno Smith here. I never thought that Geno Smith was going to be successful in the NFL, but any small sliver of hope really went out the window when he was drafted by the Jets. First, he had no offensive playmakers around him, and then as soon as they got him a couple, some borderline special teams player tried to behead him. No quarterback can succeed giving those circumstances. I think some people are starting to see that. It would certainly explain why Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have jobs. First Sheldon Richardson and now this? I bet you Rex Ryan is cock deep in two dozen buffalo wings letting out a huge belly laugh right now. I am starting to think you can't judge the career of any single coach or player until they leave the Jets. That's how bad the culture surrounding the team has gotten.
Football players have done a lot of dumb things. However, being a 6th round pick, that would be extremely lucky to make the final roster, and taking out the starting quarterback of your team may just top the list. JPP blew his finger off, but at least he didn't blow his quarterback's finger off. Sheldon Richardson drove 1,000 MPH with a kid in the car, but at least he didn't have Geno Smith hog-tied in the trunk. Nothing will end a player's entire career quicker than intentionally injuring the most important member of the team, even if he does stink at his job. I guess it doesn't matter that I can't pronounce Ikemefuna Enemkpali's name, because we will never be hearing from him again.
P.S. I wish someone would break Cris Carter's jaw. Where's Ikemefuna Enemkpali when you REALLY need him?