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