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

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The bad continues. 3rd and 5 at the NE 27 yard line, the Jets come out in a 3 WR shotgun set.  What I see here is an opportunity for Geno to hit Gates in stride for the long completion over the top or even possibly a TD but instead of leading Gates and putting the ball in front of him in order for him to make a play on it, Geno once again hesitates in the pocket and second guesses himself and waits too long before deciding to hit Gates on this play resulting in his second int of the game.  He has to get this pass out much quicker and be much more decisive in the pocket in order to stay ahead of the defense.  Geno even has Powell open in the flat here and if he pump fakes to Gates then dumps it off to Powell, we’re talking about a huge gain, possibly a TD.  Two potential plays that never happen, instead this drive ends in a turnover.
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Geno’s last INT comes again in the 4th quarter. 3rd and 4 at the Jets 46 yard line the Jets are out in shotgun in a 4 WR set with an empty backfield. Geno once again targets Stephen Hill but in actuality he NEVER has Hill opened here and shouldnt have made this throw. 

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Hill is blanketed by Talib the entire time. After reviewing the film on this play there was NO WR opened and Geno should’ve probably either look to run it or thrown it away.

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Again, most of this seems like it can be fixed with coaching and experience as there’s a lot to like and a lot to be concerned about when it comes to Geno Smith. There’s seemingly no indication one way or the other that he will be a great QB or a bust as right now its way too early.  The only thing Jets fans can hope for is that Geno is good at learning from mistakes.  From what we’ve seen of him thus far he’s a film junkie and has committed himself in becoming a better QB and that’s essentially all we can ask of him at this point but we need to start seeing some consistent development from him or the Jets will have decisions to make before next April’s draft.


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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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