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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  • Frank Antonelli

    Coming from someone that bought into the whole Sanchize concept this is hard for me to say. Bottom line is that Mark will never be the QB we need for this offense or any other for that matter. Geno has a chance to be that QB but he needs experience. Let’s get that process started sooner rather than latter. Hopefully at the beginning of the season or relatively early in the year. We know what we have in Mark let’s find out what Geno can become.

    • TheJetPress

      Not an unfair way to think either Frank. Personally I think, if it were my call, let him sit and learn, but I can’t say I would be shocked if they do it your way.

  • Paul Newbold

    Nice analysis. Of course we all knew you’d start with Mark! LOL He looked improved, even a bit more confident. Overall a good performance from Mark in a preseason game. The almost pick was more of poor throw then the screen I think. Ansah is a beast and a argument could be made that Ferguson’s block was poor as well. Mark is fighting for his job at least.
    Geno has an arm, no doubt. I’d have liked to see more of him, but the ankle made that out of the question. Relieved to hear it was a minor injury. He did however seem to be indecisive at times, and as you pointed out seemed to struggle with game speed.
    I noticed you didn’t mention McElroy in your post. Interesting because I thought he did a great job, although with the three’s. The kid plays with confidence, he’s smart and seems to have a good grasp of Marty’s system already. He’s a solid third stringer. Last season’s game aside (blame him if you want), McElroy has always made a good showing for himself. In all fairness I thought he should have been included in the QB competition. I’m not saying he would win a starting job, but he should have been given a shot for a #2 spot. He lacks arm strength, but otherwise has some tools.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Paul. Did you notice, by the way, that the pick 6 should have been called back? If you look at that play, Bohanon was tackled. Last time I looked that’s a penalty LOL, but still, Mark should have never made that throw.
      The only reason I didn’t, and don’t talk about Greg much is because Rex is pretty much making it clear that Greg is not involved. So I just look at the marquee matchup.

  • Dustin Schrank

    That was a fair assessment. I Liked what Mark did after the first 2 series, he scared the crap out of me on the near pick in the flat to the RB and the Near pick with Winslow but after that he was really on fire. Geno looked really accurate and I like his poise but I didn’t like him staring down recievers and he did not even throw it at some wide open targets so more awareness which should come with experience. I still say start Mcelroy let smith learn this year and have a good backup in Mark this year since we can’t trade him and Mcelroy will prolly get hurt at some point. Smith has too many good attributes to just throw him in the fire and burn him out, if we mould him he would be great.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Dustin. I agree, it would be smart to let Geno watch for a year. Why not? The game will only slow down for him more, if he gets to learn. You are right Mac would probably get hurt, he takes a pounding.

  • matr dontelli iii

    is mark colourblind?

    • TheJetPress

      I hope not

      • TheJetPress