Computer simulator gives Geno Smith edge in Jets QB battle

Geno Smith might get some time in the regular season regardless of whether he wins the QB competition. Credit: Getty Images
Geno Smith is worth another win if picked in the QB competition according to a computer simulation.
Credit: Getty Images

A computer has determined what most Jets fans think they know about the quarterback competition: Geno Smith gives them a better chance to win than Mark Sanchez.

PredictionMachine.com has run 50,000 simulations of the Jets season this year (along with the rest of the NFL), a process based off probable starters on both sides of the ball and matched up for all 16 regular season games plus the playoffs. The simulations, which correctly predicted the Ravens winning prior to the Super Bowl last year, have the Jets marginally better with the rookie Smith starting under center. All players are ranked on dozens of different criteria to make the head-to-head simulation of the season as accurate as possible.

Metro New York asked PredictionMachine.com general manager Paul Bessire to simulate the season with Smith as the starter and separately with Sanchez as the starter for all 16 games, to see who gives the team the best chance to win.

“We currently have the snaps split up almost exactly 50/50 in the simulations for the season,” Bessire said. “Utilizing our NFL Draft analysis to help with the inputs for Geno Smith, the Jets essentially go 8-8 if he starts all 16 games and 7-9 if it’s Sanchez all year. Hopefully, realistic fans would take that.”

That might just be good enough to salvage head coach Rex Ryan’s job, especially after this team was panned as equivalent to an expansion franchise before April’s NFL Draft.

As far as the season as a whole, the “Predictalator” has the 49ers beating the Broncos in the Super Bowl, making amends for their loss to the Ravens last year. The Patriots are the class of the AFC East, winning the division, and the Jets are at the bottom of the division, with a 24.5 percent chance of making the playoffs.

“The average fan looks at the Jets and sees the worst set of skill position players in recent memory — a major red flag to the casual observer in our fantasy football culture. Meanwhile, our simulation analysis sees how a Top 5 overall defense that gets to play the Bills and Dolphins each twice, Browns, Titans and Raiders and should not need much from its offense to get to seven wins or even playoff contention,” Bessire said. “Over a full, 16-game schedule, Geno Smith starting at quarterback is worth an additional half a win more than Mark Sanchez as the starter all year, but this is a playable pick either way. Even if the Jets start 2-7 through the bye week — both a real possibility and a great time to switch quarterbacks if they have not already — five of the last six games look very winnable.”

The computer has spoken. It remains to be seen how it plays out on the field.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.