New York Jets Feeling the Geno Smith Effect? A Brief Before Mid-Season Thought

So I was thinking; with the uncertainty of the NFL this season, with all the question marks and everything happening the way NO ONE essentially predicted it to, it’s easy to question just what we are currently witnessing with the NY Jets right now.  It’s difficult to say just what is happening with this team one way or another considering Geno Smith and the Jets have been more inconsistent than Miley Cyrus’s twerk patterns these past five weeks of the NFL season but it’s not that big a stretch to suggest that maybe, just maybe we are witnessing something special with this team, more special than what we witnessed in 2009 when Rex Ryan’s team was also being led by a rookie QB in Mark Sanchez.

This is different. Seriously.  There’s something different about this team, this QB, these players, this year.  Granted there’s a lot this team has to accomplish this season before it can be taken seriously, but to me, it just doesn’t have that “same ole Jets” feel to it and a lot of that has to do with the culture and changes GM John Idzik has implemented within the organization and one of those “changes” just so happens to be at the QB position.  Geno Smith, John Idzik’s second round draft pick, a player that no one else wanted because of his “inability to lead”, his “thuggish” ways and all around “selfish” behaviors.  Through five games, Geno has shown the best and worst he has to offer but it wasn’t until his game vs. the Falcons when we witnessed not only the “best” but what he is capable of when he utilizes his attributes.  Throwing for three TDs, 199 yards and 80% comp, Geno managed to NOT only not turn the ball over but threw the ball with confidence and that seemingly was the difference between the Geno Smith vs. the Falcons as opposed to the Geno Smith the previous four games, especially vs. the Titans.

It was reported this past week that after the Tennessee game, Geno approached the entire team and apologize for his mistake filled outing vs. the Titans.  Not only an immensely mature and humbling thing to do but in this case something the team could rally behind right before a crucial game vs. the Falcons.  The Jets who were huge underdogs vs. the Falcons, not only came to play but they at times looked like the better, more complete team, something this team isn’t accustomed to looking like on a weekly basis.

 

NFL: New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons

Geno seems to have a relationship with his TE’s (Cumberland and Winslow) that has to be respected at this point.  He seem to be comfortable going to them for short and long plays and especially on 3rd downs and for a rookie QB, you couldn’t ask for a better security blanket than two big talented TEs who are both hungry with a lot to prove.

His relationship with his wide receivers are another story seeing as though the injuries and issues with this group of WRs are starting to mount up consistently.  Geno doesn’t have a top WR to throw to, a WR that can make life easier for him during this maturation process, a WR that he can simply throw it up to and have confidence said WR will go get it.  He doesn’t have that, instead what he has is a group of highly inconsistent WRs that may or may not show up to the party but he is slowly making it work for the most part and that’s all we can ask of him.

 

 

So far into the season it’s difficult to determine if Geno is slowly affecting this Jets team and in which particular way, if at all but it’s starting to become somewhat clear that Geno has brought about some sort of “change” that is slowly making its way across not only the offense but the defense.  This is something that has been apparent in both wins and losses for this Jets team this season; we just don’t know what this “change” is at this point. The game vs the Falcons on Monday night was a game the Jets probably lose big last season but instead we saw a complete effort on both sides of the ball vs a team that is much much better than their record indicates.  Geno seemed to have command of the offense and went toe to toe with Falcons QB Matt Ryan, looking like a veteran in his own right more times than not on this night.

Geno seems to handle losses the same way he handles wins; calm, cool, collected and like a ten-year veteran.  The stage doesn’t appear to be too big for him and it seems Ice water is flowing through the kid’s veins at times.  Watching him two weeks ago vs. the Titans it was becoming clearer that Geno ability to face and handle adversity would start to mold and shape him into the QB he needs to become as he seems to handle it surprisingly well.  The season is certainly still young and a lot can and will happen to Geno and this Jets team but the Jets are already surpassing expectations set forth by the media in the pre-season.  If Geno plays like he played vs. the Falcons for the remainder of the season, the Jets will certainly be in the thick of things come December.  Here’s to hoping that the game is slowing down for the rookie and we start to see his full potential starting to peak sooner than later.  It’s never too early to start to believe Jets fans no matter WHAT they tell you.

 

Topics: Geno Smith, New York Jets

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  • Guest

    not sure where else to suggest a story or even just a blurb, but someone needs to look into how BAAAAD Rex has been at using his challenge flags…I’ve never seen a coach make more bad decisions in which calls to challenge. If he challenges a spot one more time I swear I”m gonna stuff that red flag down his throat.

    • Frank Antonelli

      Again a hater shows up when the Jets are having success. Why not point out what a great defense Rex has put together, what a great move picking Marty (that was his selection not Idzik), how he motivates his team, how he has a better regular season record than Couglin during the time he’s been here, has more playoff wins than Belacheat, etc. Instead an i d i o t i c Jet fan again shows their true colors.

      • Jay

        WHAT??? I’m not a hater. I’m super frustrated at what a terrible job he does with challenge flags. Are you not? Do you get excited when you see him throw a flag on a call you KNOW won’t get reversed? I love Rex…I think he’s a great coach. I truly just want to know the stats because I think it’s gotta be far and away the lowest success rate of any coach. put down your pom poms Franky and take it easy.

        • Frank Antonelli

          Don’t call me Francis. I just hate fake Jet fans that complain after victories. His challenges have never cost the Jets a game. Get over it. The fact is that we won and there are a lot of good things to talk about. I hate people who always point out one isolated negative point instead of talking about the many positives. I guess you’re just a naturally negative person.

          • Jay

            Hey look Psycho, you’re the one taking it to some extreme place…I simply said Rex is terrible at challenging penalties and you’re the negative person who decided it’s my way of s**tting on the team. I know you’ve been beaten up by Manish and Crimeni…I feel it too…doesn’t mean I have to be a fluffer for the team to keep you happy. That said, to those who can be a bit more objective…I would love when you’re doing a piece about what a great job Rex and the staff are doing, if you could put in a call to Elias and just find out where Rex ranks in the flag challenging department, I would appreciate it. You unfortunately need credentials to get info from them.

          • Frank Antonelli

            Nice. Now you’re calling me Psycho. Usually when one resorts to that level of name calling it usually indicates that the term best suits them!

  • Frank Antonelli

    OK Guys take a look at this stat from ESPN:

    Geno Smith Most Accurate Passer in NFL on Attempts greater than 15 Yards –> 58.5%
    Peyton Manning: 48.5%

    Geno is the real deal. This is what we’re supposed to be talking about instead of Rex’s challenges. Come on guys let’s stay positive after a win. The negativity that Jet fans exhibit after a win is disgusting.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Here are some more stats that show how well Geno is doing. Stats are always preferably to name calling, yea that’s right Jay that’s comment is aimed at you.

    Geno is
    14th is total yards, 6th in yards per completion, 1st in completion
    percentage of throws over 15 yards, 16th in yards per game, 13th in TD
    passes, tied for 1st in completions over 40 yards, 60.3% completion
    percentage (Mark never hit that figure), etc.

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