Geno Smith is a competitor, there is no doubt about that. He did not want to be on the sideline due to injury, but doesn’t believe the competition is over yet. He is anxious to put the uniform back on and get back on the field:
Extremely anxious, sitting on the sideline was probably one of the hardest things I had to endure since I’ve been here. (I) never expected being out for a game, let alone (the) second game preseason, but to be out there this week is going to be big for me. (It gives me) get another chance to go out there and prove myself.
This likely will be his week to take over and shine, but however, he doesn’t feel that it all falls on one game:
No, I don’t think so. Not one game. They’ve been evaluating me since I’ve been here and I don’t think one or two games will be able to tell you exactly where I am because it’s still early in my career. It’s about learning and I have a lot of learning to do, so every single rep that I get is going to be vital for my success in the future. Marty’s going to evaluate me and he has been doing so already every single day in practice and it’s only going to get better for me because I get to become more comfortable and just get more snaps in the game in live action and that helps out a lot.
Geno gave an interesting insight into how his mind works when asked about he handles an interception:
Well, the best thing to do is not show any emotion. You just have to move on from it, just wipe it out. It happens, every quarterback throws interceptions and it’s something that you just have to learn from, especially in practice. It’s something you really have to emphasize, but at the same time, you don’t want to let it affect your mental state, so just move on from it, have a short memory and get on to the next play.
He went on to talk about not putting pressure on himself, since all he is doing is playing the game he loves. That will certainly be a refreshing attitude for Jets’ fans to take in. He talks like a man who is certainly a departure from Mark Sanchez.
But first, he’s got to win the job.