New York Jets’ QB Geno Smith Says the Interceptions “Just Can’t Happen”


Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Now we are beginning to learn about the focus of one Geno Smith.

Sunday afternoon, he threw for over 300 yards, and two touchdowns. Geno came back from a rough night against the Patriots to lead his offense to 27 points and a home victory. But, he did throw two interceptions.

What was Geno focused on? Not reveling in the moment of his big game, but improving on the interceptions:

It just can’t happen. (I) don’t want to get into any specifics but, I mean all in all, we have, I have to find a way to eliminate those. It comes with time and patience, but I’m pretty sure I’ll get there in some point and time….I was saying it can’t happen. Regardless of what happened, how it happened, it has to be eliminated in order for us to improve as an offense.

It shows a great deal of maturity, to hear quotes like this. It would be easy for a young man to be proud of himself for the way he played on Sunday, and be soaking in the moment. That would be wrong, as when people in any line of work start to behave that way, they stop improving. Geno is clearly focused on what he needs to be, how to improve every single day.

The exciting element to watch on Sunday was the use of the deep ball. Two touchdowns of fifty plus yards certainly got Jets fans excited. Geno talked about the element of the offense that allows him to take shots deep:

Well, Marty (Mornhinweg) does a phenomenal job of taking what the defense gives us. They pressed us a bunch so it was necessary for us to go down field and for guys to win down field and they did so. That’s all we try and do every week – take what they give us, be efficient and when the chances are there, obviously take them and complete them.

The Jets want to be smart with the deep ball, rather than using it for the sake of using it:

If need be, we’ll have to do it. I wouldn’t say we want to sit there and take a shot every single time, because the percentages aren’t as high. In those certain situations, with guys like Tone (Santonio Holmes), Clyde (Gates), Stephen (Hill) and Jeremy (Kerley), the tight ends, Jeff (Cumberland) and Kellen (Winslow) going down the field, it’s always a great opportunity for us to move the ball and just attack in the vertical offense.

This will be fun to watch, for years to come if we are lucky.