Geno Smith: The Good and The Bad - What Does The Film Say?

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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.

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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?


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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.

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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. 

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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.

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  • Gavin Buck, London (UK)

    Great look at Geno. Thanks for this.

    I am ok with him making these mistakes in week 2. The big question is, is he still doing them later in the season or has he learnt from the mistakes.

    I think we are in danger of over-reacting re. Geno. He only had half the reps of other starters in TC and was hampered by the ankle injury. We need a little patience and trust that the hard working Geno who improved from mini-camp to TC continues to progress now he is getting maximum reps.

    I just wish the WRs would catch the good throws Geno does make!!

    • SeanLDurham

      I think we have to simply hope that there will come a time in which Gates doesnt play that much and Holmes and Kerley both get healthy. A healthy Kerley vs the Pats thurs night and the Jets probably win that game by 2 TDs!

  • Frank Antonelli

    The talent and poise are very evident. The lack of experience is what is holding him back right now. Also, Marty needs to run the ball more in order to keep the pressure off of Geno until he becomes more familiar with the NFL game.

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  • Joe Willie

    Geno will get the rookie pass for a while, it wont be the mistakes he makes -it will be what he learned from them and will he keep making them over and over. A starting rookie QB in the NFL has a lot of ups and downs-physically mentally and emotionally -time will tell. The good thing is with the new rookie contract structure and Geno being a #2 draft choice the Jets aren’t stuck with a Mark Sanchez type of contract so they can do what’s best for the team. Don’t count out Matt Simms -I seen him throw in person and he has a special arm–there is no law against having 2 young good QBs on a team.

  • Paul Newbold

    Geno is going to be fine. Shows good poise and flashes of brilliance! Rookie mistakes are to be expected! We’ll loose some tight games in the process….but he’ll mature with the reps. Go Jets!!.

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