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Richardson: Fans giving up on Geno Smith are 'quitters'

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Nobody can blame a New York Jets fan for bailing on this miserable season.

It starts under center, where Gang Green still lacks any hint of a franchise passer.

Michael Vick is no longer starting material, and everything we've seen from Geno Smith suggests the team needs a complete reboot at the quarterback position.

Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson sees it differently, though, chiding those Jets fans already looking ahead to drafting a new savior.

"They're quitters," said Richardson, per ESPN's Jane McManus. "That's how I feel. You go all-in with a guy, why not give him his chance?"

Richardson believes Smith still has the potential to morph into a long-term NFL starter.

"Even though he does decent some, people think he does horrible," Richardson said. "He's still the guy at the end of the day and I applaud him for that. The position he's in and the scrutiny he gets (is a lot)."

It's apparent that Smith's coaches don't even agree with Richardson, game-planning around the second-year passer in recent weeks with a run-heavy attack.

New York has flip-flopped quarterbacks repeatedly for years, and Smith is likely to be flushed out of the organization this spring if general manager John Idzik -- who drafted him -- is jettisoned, too. After years of Ryan mishandling the position, it's time for the Jets to bring in a coach who can pick and groom the quarterback of tomorrow.

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