Comparing Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez from Friday Night New York Jets' Game

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Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) takes a snap from center in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


Geno Smith had a nice game as well. He went 6-7 for 47 yards. He showed that he has a big arm, and can move around in the pocket and out, which makes him more of a dynamic quarterback than Mark Sanchez.

He also is quite accurate. Right off the bat, he is more of an accurate passer than Mark Sanchez. There, you might be surprised, but I said it. Geno Smith definitely has a future in this league with the arm strength, ability to escape, and accuracy.

What Geno needs to become better at, is being aware of when his receivers come open. In the NFL, the window to make a throw is infinitesimally small compared to college. It’s not even close. When that window opens up, you have to make that throw or it’s gone. There were times for Geno that receivers were open, he didn’t see them quickly enough, so it turned into a scrambling play. If Geno had felt/seen the open man, he would have been able to connect.


There was one pervasive problem that both guys had, at least partially. The problem was holding the ball too long. The offense is set up for a quick drop back, and GET THE BALL OUT. Three steps, look and throw it. Five steps, look and throw it. Don’t hang onto the football. Both Smith and Sanchez had this happen to them on more than one occasion. This should get better, however, as they work in the offense longer.

The QB competition is on, ladies and gentlemen. It’s still pretty even going into game #2. This is going to be fun to watch, that’s for sure.

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