Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterbackGeno Smith
(7) prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins quarterbackRyan Tannehill
(17) New York Jets running backJohn Griffin
How great is having football back? Yesterday the Jets were one of 19 teams to being off-season workouts. We may be just hitting Spring, but football is on the horizon, and I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me happier.
One of the talks of training camp will be, once again, the quarterback competition. This time, the incumbent is Geno Smith, and the newbie is Michael Vick. All eyes will be on Smith, and whether or not he can hold onto the starting position. Michael Vick will be there to take over if not.
Smith has great confidence, we know this. When meeting with the media yesterday, Geno Smith affirmed his belief that he will be the starting quarterback come week one of the 2014 season. When asked why, here is what Smith had to say:
(The reason I believe I will start is) just that, my belief in myself. Knowing that I am going to take every action possible to get better and to come in to this season as a better player (gives me confidence). Having a second season in Marty (Mornhinweg’s) system, (being with) Coach David Lee (for a second season) and with Rex (Ryan) as the head coach is going to do wonders, not just for myself but everyone on the offense. Obviously it is going to come down to production on the field. I just believe that with the experience that I have gained and with the direction that we were heading in as an offense and where I see myself as a second-year player, I just believe that I am more than capable of being the starter.
This is what Smith did during the off-season to decrease the turnovers:
I just watched the film and studied it. I watched them over and over and over again, as painful as it is. It makes me realize, quite honestly, that I haven’t, up until this point in my career, had a problem with turnovers, but protecting the ball is vital to any player, any quarterback, at any level, in any system. So my main priority, and this is something I’ve always known, but like I’ve said, experience is sometimes the best teacher, so my main priority is to take care of that ball, but also, put the ball in the right places versus the right coverages. Knowing where our answers are on offense for any coverage, any blitz, anything and obviously being prepared for it and knowing it, and in year two, I’ve seen it, so I have that experience to revert back to.
You have to love the confidence Geno Smith has in himself. We that in our leader. He has to want the ball, and Geno Smith wants that football. It’s a great sign.
I can’t wait to watch him prove it.