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 Mark Sanchez (6), New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

There also is the idea of the relationship between Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez. Despite the fact that they are competing for the same position, they both have made the point in their workouts so far, how they have enjoyed teaching, in Mark’s case, and learning from Mark, in Geno’s case. In spite of the competition, they have had a good working relationship.

Why not continue that working relationship by attending Mark’s camp? It certainly wouldn’t harm him in the pending competition. It might even help him get a leg up by seeing how Mark works more often. Why not? Unless………….

He is trying to separate himself from Mark as we head to training camp.

There is an argument to be made there as well. Like it or not, this is a competition. The two of them will enter, only one will leave with the job as starting quarterback. Staying apart from Mark, and getting work done on his own, might be the way for Geno to feel comfortable, and get a leg up on the competition. Separating himself from Mark might be the way for him to get his identity, and stand on his own two feet as an NFL quarterback.

Or, is it just a personal choice, for Geno’s comfort? It’s not like he isn’t working out. He is still working hard, just here on the east coast, closer to home. Maybe he just feels more comfortable, instead of working out somewhere he isn’t comfortable.

These are all fair arguments for, and against. What do you guys think? Should Geno have attended Jets West? Is it a sign of a problem? Or is it just Geno’s preference?

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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