This ranking is just unfair to Geno Dan Leberfeld

Florham Park – ESPN ranked the starting NFL quarterbacks from 1-32.

This was based on exhaustive research by writer Mike Sando, who interviewed myriad NFL coaches and executives.

Geno Smith was ranked 32nd.

Did he deserve a low ranking? No question. He was wildly inconsistent in his first two seasons. I feel he should have sat for a couple of years, but that’s another story.

Is he the long-term answer for the Jets at quarterback? That remains to be seen.

I just don’t agree with some of the people they ranked in front of him.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was ranked 27th. There is zero evidence Bortles is better than Smith. Bortles was pretty darn bad last year.

One NFL coach told Sando that Bortles, “looked lost” last year.

In ESPN’s quarterback rating system (Total QBR), based on their own formula (different than the NFL’s QB rating), Smith was tied for 25th with former Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton, and Bortles was dead last (30th).

To see Bortles five spots ahead of Smith surprised me.

Don’t get confused. I’m not a special-pleader for Smith. I’m not lobbying for the guy. I have no idea if he’s the answer for the Jets.

I’m just saying to put guys like Bortles, not to mention rookies Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, who haven’t played a down of NFL football, ahead of Smith, is unfair.