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Here at Turn On The Jets, we decided to take a page out of Robert Mays book over at Grantland (a polite way of saying rip his article idea off) by counting down the 115 days until the New York Jets kick off, with a daily reason to get excited about their return. Mays has the whole NFL to work with, we only have the Goddamn Jets…now there is a challenge, step your game up Mays!
We continue today with a look at the promise of Geno Smith (Note, you can track this entire series right here)
A quarterback goes to a major university. He starts for three seasons, all of which end with a winning record. The quarterback leaves the school as the all-time leader in career passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns, total offense, and completion percentage. In his senior season, he throws for 42 touchdowns compared to only 6 interceptions and a 71.8 completion percentage. Despite a few rough stretches, he is involved with a few of the most memorable moments of the year in college football, generating a positive buzz about his program and himself.
He never gets in trouble off the field. Instead he is noted for his intelligence and interest in the arts during his free time. His teammates never have a bad word to say about him and recognize him as a leader publicly. The quarterback comes from a strong family and has built a solid support network around him.
When the Draft process begins, he is generally considered the top player at his position and a top 10-15 pick. There is no pre-draft catastrophes. There is a scathing scouting report from a known race baiter and a disappointing decision to not play in the Senior Bowl which was advised by his agents at the time but there is no DUI, no botched interviews and no porous workouts.
The quarterback falls further than anybody expects until the New York Jets take him with the 39th overall pick, where he unquestionably provides good value. It is considered a huge surprise he was not a top 15 pick but also not a first round pick. After being selected, he says all the right things. He is excited to be in New York. He is confident in his abilities. He doesn’t leave the Green Room for Day 2 of the Draft.
After the draft, he makes the fairly common decision to switch representation. A reasonable choice considering his tumble in the Draft, lack of PR put out to combat the previously mentioned scouting report and the curious decision to sit out the Senior Bowl. The quarterback is ripped to pieces by the local media, who uses weak and anonymous sourcing. Now the kid is entitled. Now the kid doesn’t listen to coaches, despite his coaches vehemently supporting him.
Geno Smith is a quarterback Jets fans and the local media should be excited to have part of the organization. Yet, he is buried under a wall of cynism. The local media doesn’t need to coddle him. It needs to give him a fair chance. We know they have Tebow remorse and would rather be counting his words at a press conference but that is no reason to bury a 22 year old.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS STORY PITCH OF THE DAY - Where is Tebow going to live in New England? Will it be Quincy? I bet it won’t be Quincy. He is more of a Dorchester guy. Do you think he’ll pick up an accent? I wonder how he’ll sound with that accent. Pretty cool, no? I bet Bill Belichick uses him as a Super Hybrid H-BackEndFullQuarterback. He is so savvy. Tebow. TEBOW. TEBOW!
RANDOM JET OF THE DAY – TEBOW! - Arguably a top 5 punt protector in team history. Tebow was the 4th leading rusher on a 6-10 team in 2012, finishing with 102 yards on 3.2 yards per carry.
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According to bob Glauber of Newsday, New York Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee said that rookie quarterback Geno Smith isn’t close to being ready to start for them.
Jets QB coach David Lee says Geno Smith not close to being ready as starter. Smith still processing complexities of West coast offense.
— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) June 12, 2013
I think it’s too early to speculate...
After spending a full year on the New York Jets roster, primarily as a practice squad player, former rugby player Hayden Smith is competing for a role in the 2013 offense. After promising performances in recent OTA’s Smith has been a popular discussion point amongst the Jets fan base, as the team is searching for signs of life at their tight end position. As training camp is around...
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the media that they might develop a read-option package for rookie quarterback Geno Smith even if he’s not the starter.
Ryan said they could have a read-option package for Geno Smith even if he's the backup. Kinda like the … uh, Tebow plan. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 12, 2013
Geno Smith is totally cool with camping out with Mark Sanchez.
The New York Jets' rookie quarterback clarified his ''no comment'' responses from Wednesday - that seemed to suggest there could be some tension between the two guys competing for the starting job - when asked if he would join Sanchez's ''Jets West'' workouts next month normally...
Was it a shot fired, or a simply lack of knowledge on the subject. New York Jets second round pick Geno Smith was asked on Wednesday if he planned to attend Mark Sanchez’s Jets West passing camp that goes on every summer before training camp.
Smith answered the question with a no comment. Many in the media assumed Smith was taking a swipe at Sanchez.
Geno Smith clarifying his...
Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith are locked in a tight quarterback competition, with neither one pulling away so far.
Rex Ryan and the New York Jets might not know who their starting quarterback is until sometime during training camp in August - and the coach is willing to be patient. Quarterbacks coach David Lee says Wednesday that ''we'll know when we know'' that...
Anyone who acts like their direct competition is their friend is usually full of it. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone if Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith are becoming enemies this quickly into minicamp.
I mean, lets be real here; Sanchez and Smith are in an actual competition for the starting job, so tensions could be running high. It’s not like the “competition”...
Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com More bad news for fans of the New York Jets who are tired of the Mark Sanchez era and want rookie Geno Smith to take the reins, as Sanchez took all of the first-team reps on the first day of the Jets’ minicamp Tuesday. Sanchez, 26, completed four of eight passes with a sack and a near-interception, while Smith practiced with the second team, going...
Mark Sanchez committed 52 turnovers over the past two seasons. His new quarterbacks coach is trying to stop the bleeding.The now fifth-year signal-caller's new positional coach, David Lee, has put together a drill specifically focused on not turning over the ball. It's only fitting Lee is referring to it as the "Sanchez drill." "Coach Lee threw me under the...
Jets thinking of Geno Smith-specific plays even if he isn't the starter (sound familiar?) wp.me/p14QSB-9bWK
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 12, 2013
To take a tidbit out of the Kenan and Kel theme song...
That's right. "Aww here it goes." Rex Ryan's reveal that Geno Smith could have a package in the offense, should Mark Sanchez...
It’s the middle of June and most NFL teams are preparing for the season with mini-camps, and signing free agents, but not the Jets. The Jets are yet again making headlines for the wrong reasons. Let’s start with the day after the NFL draft and the five quarterbacks on the Jets’ roster, who were led to believe that it is going to be an “open competition”; weeks later...
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Geno Smith says he definitely intends on attending Mark Sanchez's private workouts, if invited, with New York Jets teammates in California., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/no-comment-no-issue-between-jets-smith-sanchez-yahoo-sports
Mandatory Mini-Camp starts tomorrow (6/11), and there's plenty to keep an eye on, in direct relation to the team on the field come Week 1 against Tampa Bay.
The most obvious storyline is the competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith for the starting QB position. While I believe the battle will extend into training camp, mini camp should start to...