Geno Smith Looking for More Consistent Play As Development Continues
Added by Justin O'Connell on October 24, 2013.
Geno Smith (Photo: Getty Images)
Through the first seven games of the 2013 NFL schedule, the New York Jets have taken on the style of their quarterback. This is not uncommon in football, but when the quarterback is a rookie, it’s a much more impressive approach.
Geno Smith’s roller coaster of a season represents exactly how the Jets as a whole have performed thus far. The team looks fantastic one week and then horrific the next, but they continue to come back with confidence.
So what’s their next goal?
Stringing wins together.
In the Jets’ wins, Smith’s numbers are drastically different than in losses. When New York wins, Smith has a 61.6 quarterback rating, 255 yards passing per game, and a 9-to-4 touchdown to interception ratio. In contrast, in games the Jets have lost, the rookie has just a 9.7 QBR, 235 ypg, and a 1-to-7 td/int ratio.
“No, I don’t feel that but I definitely want to continue to play consistently. That’s something I have been working extremely hard at. (I have) been beating myself over about because I know with that consistency at the quarterback (position), it usually leads to success with the team,” Smith said on if he feels that he has been up and down in his development. “That’s something I’m trying to do, something I pride myself in, being a consistent decision maker. That’s what I have been trying to do and it’s something that has really hit home with me as of late”
It is hard to estimate how Smith, or the Jets for that matter, will perform this week against the Bengals. Cincinnati’s defense is currently the 9th best in the NFL and they constantly attack the ball, something Smith underrated coming into the NFL.
“Yes, I think that would be the biggest difference. Guys in the NFL are trained to attack the ball at all times. That goes for when you’re passing it and you’re running it. You just have to be mindful about it at all times,” Smith said.
The Jets went into the season hoping to find out if Smith could be their guy for the next 5-10 years, and as of right now that is still up in the air. With the way he keeps rebounding the Jets have to start swaying toward sticking with him. There is still a lot of football left to play and plenty more tests for Smith to face, so all the Jets organization can really do is “get the popcorn ready” (as T.O says) and hope that Smith can put on a good show.
“He just keeps making strides. I think you see it on the practice field. I think he’s comfortable with our system. I think it’s now become his system,” Rex Ryan said.