Tuesday's news of a locker room altercation that ended with Jets QB Geno Smith getting sucker punched by a teammate and being out 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw was an instant Internet sensation.
But the strange outcome of a fight in which there appear to be no winners — Smith is injured and the puncher, IK Enemkpali, was released by the team — is that it might make Jets a better team.
Smith was in line to be the team's starter, but as ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert notes he is far from the most productive QB on the roster. That would be Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will now take over.
The best QB on a roster isn’t always anointed the starter, particularly when a team is trying to figure out (as the Jets are) if a young QB like Smith can blossom into something better down the road. The danger in waiting a long time, of course, is that you end up wasting season; Smith, in two season, has not proven up to the task. Vikings fans can tell you what it’s like to wait for young QBs not named Bridgewater to blossom as well.
While it’s perhaps crude to suggest New York is better now than it was a day ago before this whole ugly incident, that doesn’t make it any less true.
(What would be really crude is for you, in the comments, to suggest Minnesota athletes who could use a good punch in order to make their teams better).