Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles in his own end zone against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Smith Talks About His First NFL Start

Saturday night, Geno Smith’s starting debut was a mixed bag to say the least, with 199 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTS, 16-30 passing. To put it mildly, he didn’t do himself any favors in the starting quarterback race.

After the game, Geno talked about his three interceptions:

A number of things that you can kind of pinpoint things here and there. They don’t need to be thrown. Turnovers are never something that we want to do. We don’t want to put our defense in a tough spot. They did a great job of bailing us out time and time (again). It’s something that we will improve upon. I, myself, will do better at protecting the ball. Just get better day-by-day.

Does he think he hurt his chances by throwing three interceptions:

I don’t know. One thing that I do know is that I’m going to get better from it and it’s going to be another learning experience. I was just happy with the way that the offensive line protected tonight, receivers were getting open all night. It looks like we competed well and came through with the victory.

I sense a little bit of diva in Geno Smith. When asked to do a little bit of self evaluation, he seems to avoid the question. For what it’s worth, Mark has the ability to evaluate plays that have gone wrong. It just doesn’t sound humble to me to dodge a question about what went wrong.

Is he doing it deliberately? Not sure. But he wouldn’t be the first young quarterback to be a little bit arrogant. Geno just needs to be careful that he doesn’t let that get in the way of getting better.

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  • Jetsluva

    It’s not being a Diva! The Kid is confident in himself. He actually isn’t wrong. He had a few drops on perfectly thrown passes that would’ve had him up over 70% on the day. His 1st INT wasn’t as bad as it ended up being. Just another foot over and it’s a clean catch. If he simply corrects the mistakes he made on the 2 really bad INT’s, he’ll be fine. He was a little late on his passes which I think he’ll get better at with more reps. I think the media in general is being WAY to hard on him. It’s not like he played last week and got to shake out the nerves. This was a tough test for a players FIRST start in an NFL game. The Giants are legit and they wanted to win. This wasn’t the easy comp Mark faced in the Jags and Lions. Give the kid a chance to get his feet wet. GEEZ!

    • Bennny K

      If this was Kapernick would everyone be calling for his head? Last year CK threw 2 ints, 0 Tds, and had 2 fumbles in his first preseason game. If Geno plays this year he’ll give up less turnovers than Sanchez has in the part two years.

    • TheJetPress

      I hear ya Jetsluva. Just giving my two cents on the matter, I like having you guys disagree.