New York Jets: The Geno Smith Project Vol. III

Previously on “The Geno Smith Project Vol. II“, we touched on Geno Smith’s ability to go through his progressions. We also touched on his arm, and how he can make all the throws. That’s a little general, though.

Now, let’s focus on his accuracy.


Two important throws are important to me in the Jets offense; the slant, and the fade to the corner.

The slant has been a staple for the Jets passing attack for years now, and Santonio Holmes has really taken advantage of the off-coverage nicely over that time span. Jeremy Kerley has also earned recognition for the Jets (limited) success through the air. Kerley will certainly benefit from Geno’s accuracy throwing the slant, or any short pass in that matter. The Jets new West Coast Offense will feature many short/quick passes to get the rock in the playmakers’ hands. This fits Geno, as Geno completed 112 passes at, or behind the line of scrimmage during his career at WVU. That’s music to a Jets fan’s ears, because it fits the script for new OC Marty Mornhinweg, and his quick-passing-attack mentality.

Geno makes the proper read and gets ready to throw, as he watches the Texas CB’s feet get crossed up.

Smith has a good release point here, helping him get enough on it and zip it in there.

He fits the ball to the left of the Longhorn LB, and to the right (away) from the CB.

You couldn’t walk and hand it to the guy in a better place! Threading the needle at it’s finest!

Speaking of Tone before, the former Super Bowl MVP made arguably the biggest catch of all time, in the corner of the end zone. Although it is not a fade, the corner of the end zone is where he earned the clutch nickname “Tone-Time”. Point of the matter is, Geno Smith is very accurate with these kinds of throws, in the corner of the end zone. I certainly believe Geno Smith and Santonio will create similar chemistry to Cam Newton and Steve Smith.

If you’re a fan of “Tone-Time”, you’ve got to be licking your chops seeing this!

Normally, we end the Geno Project with something he needs to improve on, but let’s just say that EVERY QB needs to improve regarding his accuracy, unless you’re Aaron Rodgers of course. Please don’t get it confused. Geno Smith and Aaron Rodgers are NOT in the same league when it comes to accuracy. My point exactly, Geno needs to improve his accuracy…. his rookie year, and every year.

Stay tuned for The Geno Smith Project Vol. IV!

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  • Joe Willie

    The kid is a natural (Geno)…once he gets into a comfort zone in camp the QB race is over—Why do I say this? well 1st the only information we have on Geno is his college career —he looked great 70% 42 tds 7 ints—Sanchez cant pass for 70% in practice, let alone games. 2. why Im so down on Mark Sanchez is this- in todays NFL and really in the past–if a QB isn’t accurate by his 2nd or 3rd year he never will be—accurate QBs are born–you either have it or you dont, the same is true with field vision and anticipation which goes hand and hand—they usually can be improved with experience and repetition some more then others–in Mark’s case though the years seems to have regressed—which happened to Joey Harrington- Kyle Boller and they just never for what ever the reason got better-and in my opinion Sanchez is with this group.

    • Paul Newbold

      I couldn’t agree more on your analysis of Sanchez’s accuracy. I am just as suspicious of Smith though. His passing accuracy in college can be misleading, as reported he completed 112 passes at or near the line of scrimmage in college! Going to the well that often in this league will only result in bad news! Too early to tell, but I’m of the club that says play each of them 8 games, trade them both at the end of the season! I’m not sold on Geno Smith!! Personally I think it was a terrible pick!!