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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