The Jets (1-1) are coming off a loss to the Pats, a game in which they should’ve won in my opinion of course. The opportunities were there and the inability for the Jets to capitalize on said opportunities caused a lot of finger pointing and A lot of fingers are being pointed in every direction but of course the QB gets the most of the blame as well as he should. Jets QB Geno Smith didn’t have a good game by any stretch of the imagination but the tape will tell us more than that as it shows there’s legitimate cause for concern with Geno as well as reason to be very optimistic with the rookie QB out of West Virginia. As usual, I’ll try to keep this quick and sweet with a simple and sweet look at the “Good” and “Bad” re: Geno Smith……
The Good -
First Quarter, 1st and 10 at the Jets 19 yard line the Jets come out in Shotgun, a four WR set with Chris Ivory as the lone RB in the backfield. The Patriots CBs have press coverage on the inside Jets WRs and soft coverage on the outside WRs Gates and Holmes.
Geno Smith takes advantage of great O-line protection, stands tall and patient in the pocket and allows Stephen Hill time to hit his fly route and hitting Hill in stride. This was a huge play in the first quarter that of course was negated by Stephen Hill’s awesome ability to suck when his team needs him the most. Hill has the ball freakishly kicked out of his arms which makes it partly his fault but still. The pass by Geno was a great pass indeed and it shows that he will stand in the pocket and deliver aka “The Good.” Lets continue with more good from Geno shall we?
We’re still in the 1st quarter; 3rd and 7 at the Jets 23 the Jets once again come out in Shotgun, 3 WR set with an empty backfield. The Pats CBs once again come out with press coverage on all Jets WRs, which means Geno will have to give his WRs time to beat the press and get open.
Geno once again stands stall in the pocket with the pressure seconds from destroying him (he actually gets destroyed here as you will see in the next pic) delivering the 27 yards strike to a streaking Santonio Holmes who is running an out route towards the sidelines.
Same play. Geno standing in the pocket amongst the pressure and delivering the strike to Holmes. Geno took a heck of a shot here but got right back up. That’s essentially what you want to see from your rookie QB but you just hope he doesn’t have to take these kind of shots this early as you fear it may affect his confidence. Kudos nonetheless though.