Geno Smith: First Seven Games By the Numbers in Perspective


Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

We have seen a lot from Geno Smith over these first seven games. Some of it has been very good, some of it hasn’t been so good. What we HAVE seen is a great deal of growth. He is maturing right before our very eyes. The question is, how much has he matured?

There is definite divide in the public opinion. Some say that Geno is the man for the future. Some aren’t so sure. I am here to simply say, we don’t know yet. Take a look at these stats and you will see what I am talking about:

130-233, 58.3% completion rate, 1,723 yards passing, 8 TDs, 11 INTs94-179, 52.5% completion rate, 1,178 yards passing, 6 TDs, 10 INTs

The top line of status belong to the incumbent quarterback in 2013, one Mr. Geno Smith. The bottom line is the stat-line for another quarterback in this area. He also started for the New York Jets as a rookie. Who is he? Well, if you have read my writing, ever, you know who I am talking about:

Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines during the game agains the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The man everyone wants to forget. He played well in two playoff seasons, but nobody wants him around anymore. It’s the one and only, Mark Sanchez.

Now I am not saying that Geno is on his way to being the next Mark Sanchez. Far from it. Geno has shown us things that frankly, Mark would never dream of. I am not saying that Geno is the man either. My simple point is, that after seven games, we just don’t know yet.

Let Geno Smith play an entire season before we jump to conclusions.

However, look back at Geno’s stats once more, and compare his numbers with the stat-line below.

92-188, 48.9% completion rate, 977 yards passing, 6 TDs, 9 INTs.

This info belongs to a former Super Bowl MVP. You know who?

Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws pass during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Geno could have the success of Eli, he could have the failures of Mark Sanchez. He could be a combination of both.

We just don’t know yet, don’t jump to conclusions.