Geno Smith Does Not Attend "Jets West", Personal Choice or Something More?

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Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

In recent weeks, there was a lot of confusion regarding Jets West and whether or not Geno Smith would be attending. First there was Geno’s “no comment” response when he was asked about it. Later, he clarified that he actually wasn’t aware of what Jets West was, and then advised he hadn’t been invited yet. Now we know, Mark has invited Geno to join the group with him, but Geno has declined, electing to stay closer to home for his workouts.

To Mark’s credit, nobody is forced to come out, it’s not a pressure situation:

“If they can make the sacrifice and be here, awesome,” Sanchez said. “If they can’t, (it’s) totally fine. And I would never hold a grudge against anybody who’s not here. But we’ve (Tim) Tebow here. We’ve had (Mark) Brunell here. We’ve had (Kevin) O’Connell. So it’s not like I don’t invite those guys. They’re more than welcome to come and we’ll invite them every year.”

The players see the value in it, but aren’t offended by the non-attendance. Here is what Konrad Reuland had to say about it:

“It would have been great to have Geno and all of the quarterbacks out here,” Reuland said. “The more , the better. However, I don’t think it’s a make it or break it type of thing. It’s still going to be camp as usual. No one’s going to win a spot based on what they do out here.”

Everyone is saying the right things, to their credit. However, it still begs the question. Is Geno Smith simply making a personal choice by not attending? Or is it something more? Tension between the two competing quarterbacks for instance? Is Geno trying to distance himself from Mark?

It is definitely a two-sided story. There would definitely be value for Geno in attending. The biggest reason would be the “chemistry” factor. Some think that is overblown, but I think there is real stock in it. Should Geno win the job, the receivers at this camp are the ones that he will be throwing to. The players are not allowed to work out at the facilities with the coaches, so this is the next best thing. Wouldn’t it be smart for Geno to take this additional time to get used to his new receivers, rather than working out with friends?

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  • Jetsluva

    Geno is doing the right thing. WAY too much is being made about the bonding with teammates thing. He needs to get better PERIOD and I don’t think the work he’d do at Jets West would be better than his focused individual training.
    The next issue is the competition with Sanchez. I think Geno has to get that “I’m taking your job” mentality going and playing around with Sanchez on his turf isn’t how you do that. Geno would automatically be in the junior position on Sanchez’s turf. I wouldn’t want that mentality in my head when I go into camp. Geno needs to be of the mentality that they are equals and he has a chance to beat him out.

    • TheJetPress

      Fair enough Jetsluva. Like I said in the article I really do see this either way.

  • Paul Newbold

    Way to get a headline there Geno!! Stay focused!! Train hard!! Your agents will make sure Woody writes the check!! Only kidding! Its the kid’s call and really this shouldn’t even be a story. But with two weeks before camp and hardly a story out there this time of year,,,I get it. But I really hope the NY Vultures, I mean “sports writer’s” don’t start their feeding frenzy!! Hell officially Jet West doesn’t exist, End of story. Entirely up to Geno, its his career after all.!

    • TheJetPress

      That’s fair Paul… know me just posing the question

  • matr dontelli iii

    i thought he shoulda gone but who am i? he’s gotten this far without my advice. regardless of what he does and what the haters think, i do think it’s really cool that he and cro are running their little camps which, if nothing else, give additional practice time as well as the opportunity for veteran guidance to rookies and udfas trying to make the team or get extra group practice in before training camp starts. i dont really recall that other cornerback ever running a camp for the young guys. probably couldn’t afford it. probably had to help out his uncle who lost all that money the year he sat out. the cardinals!

    • TheJetPress

      Personally Matr I think he should have gone….but I see both halves..

      • matr dontelli iii

        i’ve said before i don’t pay attention to what other teams do and we all know where i stand as far as espn goes. just wondering, do many other teams have players running off-season camps like these guys do?

        • TheJetPress

          I don’t hear about it a lot……I hear Sam Bradford does something like this for his Rams…not sure I have heard of really any others.

          • matr dontelli iii

            how ’bout the cardinals? :-)

  • Joe Willie

    If Im Geno the last place I need to be is around Mark Sanchez—I want to beat his ass and take his job away from him–not have a pajama party and make smoors. I can see how these bs high school field camps have helped sanchez–lol—
    Too much time -too little real news. I ignore this non news stuff fed to us by ESPN and NFLN- it insults my intelligence. Id rather watch “The Me channel”

    • TheJetPress

      Fair enough