Is it too soon to judge Geno Smith this offseason?
It’s still pretty early to judge what quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets will bring to the table once training camps are underway. Things are getting a bit confusing now since offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said that Smith is the starting quarterback of the Jets only later for it to be dialed back a bit by head coach Todd Bowles in that there will definitely be competition come this summer at the position.
It seems that Smith will have a massive microscope on every play, pass and scramble he does because well, everyone is mostly rooting against him with the minority believing he can be an effective quarterback in 2015.
ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini even chimed in his thoughts as he was a part of one of the Jets’ organized team activities and had this to say about Smith:
Starting QB Geno Smith not having the greatest day. Missing some easy throws. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick got first work in team drills. #nyj
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 27, 2015
Of course all eyes will be on his mistakes since history can’t repeat itself, especially after all the major moves the Jets have made this offseason so far. Last season, Smith contributed 2,225 yards for 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Often times he looked confused on the field and seemed to turnover the football more than anything.
Turnovers seem to be his main issue as he needs to be as sharp as humanly possible with everyone judging his every move between now and the start of the regular season to prove he is the undisputed starter. It’s still not fair though to criticize what he does now since he still has a few months of intensive training and mastering a new spread offensive before he can truly be evaluated.
Overall, give Smith time before chastising him to the masses. It’s only been a few weeks into OTAs so everyone really needs to relax and let him put the time in so he can be in a position to succeed. It’s not going to help his confidence if everyone is bashing him now during a period of time that is meant to clean up the confusion and work on flawless execution.
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