Sep 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Karl Klug (97) sacks New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) forcing a fumble that is returned for a touchdown during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' Fans: Be Honest in Evaluating QB Geno Smith

Geno Smith inspires a whole lot of discussion around the league with the experts, as well as the Jets’ fan base. Understandable, as we are trying to determine whether or not this guy is our future quarterback or not. Combine that with the fact that he is the quarterback of a New York football team, and every move he makes on the football field is going to be evaluated, bad or good.

What we are talking about today, is HOW we evaluate Geno Smith. Granted, there are many encouraging signs. He can make any throw in the book. His arm? It’s a cannon. Geno uses his feet quite well, to buy himself time and/or to pick up yardage. He can stand in and take a hit, and still make a strong throw. That type of poise is something that you cannot teach.

Geno Smith is already showing himself as a leader as well. He takes ownership of his mistakes, setting an example to his guys, as a player that people can rally behind. He has quite a bit of potential to be the quarterback of the future for the New York Jets.

But, let’s be honest. There are some signs that are not very encouraging as well. I am not talking about his reads either. He likely will get better, the more reps he gets. He will have a better understanding of the windows he can make throws through. He will get better at ball placement, the more he plays. There really is no choice, that will get better through repetition.

What I AM talking about, is ball security. Feeling the pressure from behind him and protecting the football is not something you learn. That is about instincts. A problem that has gone on for more than one week is his pocket awareness, and protecting the football. That has gone on since the game against the Patriots.

The problem in Tennessee was carrying the ball with one hand. Here is what Geno Smith had to say about it when asked about it during his talk with the press on Monday:

It’s just a natural reaction. I can’t explain exactly why, but it’s just a natural reaction.

He is right, how the ball is handled is absolutely a natural reaction, and that is what is a bit scary. His “natural reaction” is to carry the ball with one hand. His “instinct” told him to try to exchange hands with the football behind his back like Magic Johnson. Instincts, or what you do naturally, are very difficult to change. We all do things naturally and don’t think about them. When we are expected to change them, it’s very difficult.

If that is Geno’s “instinct”, we might have a real problem here.

What am I saying here? Well, I am seeing a lot of people talking about Geno like he is the second coming of Broadway Joe, simply because his name ISN’T Mark Sanchez. His mistakes? They will get better, it’s only four games.

We don’t know that for sure, ladies and gentleman.

I have also seen the other end of the spectrum, saying it’s time to bench Geno, and give the keys to Matt Simms. Personally, I think Matt is a good quarterback, but that isn’t the answer either. Do we know that Geno is NOT the guy?

No we do not.

So my point is, it’s not time to give up on Geno Smith. But, it’s not time to anoint him the quarterback of the future either. Because, we just don’t know.

There had to be a reason why he was unexpectedly passed on for the entire first round.

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  • Larry Tabata

    No doubt he’s got a long way to go , but , I hope he’s given the chance to get better & not thrown under the bus. The coaching staff can teach him ball handling & ball control. It’s way to early to give up on him as long as he continues to grow. From what’s on the bench , I don’t know if there’s a better alternative for a better chance of winning. The coaches know the players better than anything we think we know , it might be best to trust their judgements & try to keep a positive outlook and hope for the best for the rest of the season. Then everyone needs evaluated!!! Go JETS !!

    • Alan Schechter

      Very fair Larry.

    • Paul Newbold

      Well said.

  • Craig Hoffman

    I haven’t anointed Geno Smith but the idea of going to Simms is ridiculous. You can’t give up on a rookie in a developmental year so early in the season, especially not to a player like Simms with no career starts nor play against starters. The week to week hand wringing in both directions needs to stop and people need to think long-term because wins this year are nice and we need enough to keep Rex but development from all of the younger players is much more important.

    • Alan Schechter

      Couldn’t agree more my friend.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Yea the reason he was passed up on the first round is the other teams made a huge mistake. Time will reveal how truly great Geno is going to be. It’s going to be a roller coaster ride for a while until he gets his feet under him. But when he acclimatizes to the NFL game watch out!

    P.S. Best news from the weekend is that Mevis and his lousy team is 0 and 4. Karma!!!

    • Alan Schechter

      I hope you are right Frank. We just don’t know yet, that’s all I’m saying.

  • Paul Newbold

    The idea that a rookie quarterback should be able to take the reins and lead his team to the play offs has emerged after the recent success of a FEW young quarterbacks. It’s ridiculous, these guys are the exceptions, not the norm. To the fans and “experts” that say its time to bench him, or proclaim to know that he is not the future, I’d ask what if they gave up on guys like Namath, or Montana or Manning in their first games as a pro? Four games does not make a career. Honestly, I think Geno has shown his coaches what they want to see. He’s shown poise under pressure for the most part, he’s shown he’s comfortable in the pocket, he can go through his progressions rather well and can find the open man on the field. Has he made some dumb decisions, handled the ball loosely at times? Hell yes!! The fact is he’s a ROOKIE starting less then 5 games!! Give him a chance!!