New York Jets’ QB Geno Smith Talks About Protecting the Football
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
Ironically, the picture to the right of Geno Smith is of “Buttfumble Number 2”, after he was brought in to replace the guy that gave us the original.
Geno Smith has had troubles with turnovers. We don’t need to talk about it, we have all SEEN it with our own eyes. What we all want to know is how is he going to fix it? So, how did Geno work on it earlier this week:
Today they had me in the running back turnover circuit with the ball high and tight, focusing on three points of pressure and taking care of the ball, had guys ripping at it. (I) did a bunch of that. D-Lee (Coach David Lee) did a good job at getting us tired first so we did a little bit of footwork drills, got a little tired and then we had guys tugging at the ball to see how you would hold it. That’s pretty much how it is in the game. You’re a bit tired and you’ve been running around and guys are stripping at it but you’ve got to hold on to it.
The part that will be interesting, is how Geno can stay aggressive while protecting the football. We love Geno’s accuracy and strong-arm going down the field, but we need him to be more careful with the football. How do we do that, Mr. Smith?
It comes with just preparation, knowing what you’re seeing, knowing when you have an opportunity to take a chance down the field depending on the situation in the game, whether you’re up or down, and then making a good throw. If you think you have it, if you think you have the play there, make the throw. Don’t look back on it. Don’t second guess it because that’s when you get in trouble, when you try to second guess it and don’t put your all into it and you might not make a good throw.
Talk is great, it all sounds good. Now we want to see Geno Smith make these corrections on the football field. Yes, we are going to stick with Geno in 2013, but we all know that we will begin to get frustrated if this issue does not begin to show improvements. It starts tomorrow night.