It was an up and down year for Geno Smith, but it ended on a swift upswing. Zero turnovers over the final two games give us a lot to look forward to come 2014. Yes, there will be competition, but Geno is more than ready to assert himself in that competition.
Yesterday, Geno looked back on the 2013 season when he met with the media for the final time this season. He was asked whether or not his play is ascending:
Yeah, I think we all are. We’re getting better as a team. Every single guy is becoming more comfortable in their surroundings, in his role and with his teammates. And it’s leading to us trusting one another. I can count on my guys, as far as receivers and running backs to be in the right spots and to always make the clutch catch and to make me look good even when I’m not playing so well. As long as we continue to build on that we’ll have a really good future here.
He also talked about the effect that being benched against Miami had on his play:
I wouldn’t say it’s overblown. I understand why the decision was made, but I think it just lit a fire in me and just gave me that competitive edge that was always there, but maybe (it) needed to be pulled to the forefront. It just allowed me to see things from a better perspective and ultimately it was the right decision. I wasn’t playing well in that game and we picked it up in the last month. It’s something that I’ve got to work towards, to not ever let happen again.
The more Geno Smith talks, the more I like what I hear. If you notice, he always talks about things in a team perspective. He was asked if he is getting better, and his answer was, to paraphrase, we are all getting better. It’s not always the case that a young player like that looking at things in the mature, team perspective.
Even when talking about the benching, he can understand it. He doesn’t sound selfish about it at all.
Bottom line, the future is bright for this young man.