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The biggest question right now for the New York Jets is who will their starting quarterback be for the upcoming season. Many people believe it will be Mark Sanchez.
Jets offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg seems very encouraged with how well rookie Geno Smith has progressed.
“I will say this… I know this: He’s way ahead of the pace of a normal rookie,” Mornhinweg told the NY Daily News at the end of their offseason program. “Guys that are quite skilled sometimes get away with some mechanical (flaws) in a game. They’re just so good athletically that they get away with them for a period of time and then they get better and better and better and better.”
Mornhinweg said Smith is close.
“I think Geno’s close,” he added. “I don’t think he’s there yet. But he’s close to being able to get into a game and function at a high level. So our whole challenge — and his challenge — is that first preseason game (against the Lions on Aug. 9). Now let’s get to a point where you can function at a high level.”
Mornhinweg is encouraged with how well Smith has done with improving his footwork.
“He’s done a fabulous job,” Mornhinweg said. “That is a heck of an offense that they have at West Virginia. However, we base much of our success of accuracy and timing and decision making and precision with the footwork… So, I know this: He’s done an outstanding job (with) some of the things that he’s done… He reverted back several times in practice: Both 7-on-7 and team (11 on 11). Just absolutely normal.”
Mornhinweg says it’s up to Smith whether he’s the Jets week one starter.
“We’ll see. That’s up to him,” Mornhinweg said. “That’s up to Geno. It’s really that simple. He’s been progressing at a very high rate.”
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