Newsday's Bob Glauber has come out with a ranking of the primary backup quarterbacks for each of the NFL's 32 teams. Geno Smith ranks 3rd on the list, behind only Cleveland's Josh McCown (finally something the Browns are the best in) and San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.
This seems like the proper place for the usual caveats.
1. Ranking backup quarterbacks seems like a bit of an exercise in futility. Backup quarterbacks are like armpits. Everyone has them, and they more or less all stink.
2. This isn't the only backup quarterback ranking published recently, and others have been less kind to the Jets.
3. Ranking backup quarterbacks is mostly of questionable value. Most will never play, and for the ones that do, does it really matter whether they can lead their team to a 7-9 type record rather than a 3-13 type disaster? Of course there is always the possibility of backups who just play a few games and are competent enough not to lose them all, thus keeping their teams in contention, so there's that.
4. Ranking systems are stupid, unless they rate the Jets highly, in which case they're awesome.
5. This ranking system is awesome.
Take a look, see what you think. Is Geno ranked properly? Should guys who have never started an NFL game be ranked higher than several proven NFL backups who have shown they can provide competent if uninspired play when called upon? I'm looking at you Jimmy Garoppolo, ahead of Drew Stanton, Matt Moore and Chad Henne. Is Trevor Siemian really the worst backup quarterback in the NFL, and if so, what does that say about Mark Sanchez, who is currently locked in a tight battle with Siemian for the starting position in Denver?
Tell us what you think in the comments, and be sure to praise Glauber for his brilliant work in developing this awesome ranking system.