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Geno Smith gives himself an F for his first day on the job

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Finally, Jets quarterback Geno Smith had a chance to get away from the everything that isn’t football and focus on football.

Sort of.

Offseason workouts, while the closest thing to football before the launch of training camp, give first-year players a chance to show what they can do.  For most, it comes via a rookie minicamp, with all draft picks, undrafted free agents, and tryout-basis players practicing at the same time.

Smith, a second-round pick, spent Friday practicing at the NFL level for the first time.  And he didn’t like his performance.

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Smith said he’d give himself an F for his first practice.  Isn’t that a little rough?

“I want to be A+ in everything,” Smith said, explaining that he’s his on harshest critic.

Smith also said that he’s a “natural leader” and that he’s been “studying my butt off.”

The humility is encouraging, but here’s hoping he’s the only one consistently deeming his work as worthy of an F.

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37 Responses to “Geno Smith gives himself an F for his first day on the job”
  1. leftyman says: May 10, 2013 1:51 PM

    “studying my butt fumble off.”

  2. slayisland says: May 10, 2013 1:52 PM

    Of course ny jets the are the QB Killlas #BUTTFUMBLE

  3. slayisland says: May 10, 2013 1:53 PM

    Of course ny jets are the QB Killlas #BUTTFUMBLE

  4. astigmatism? football? why not both. says: May 10, 2013 1:55 PM

    Back when I was in middle school we were issued “E”s as failing grade marks. The only way is up from here Geno!! Stay focused!

  5. blackandbluedivision says: May 10, 2013 1:56 PM

    still better than Sanchez.

  6. bigmarsh57 says: May 10, 2013 1:56 PM

    I assume his new agent practiced that line with him over and over.

  7. blackandbluedivision says: May 10, 2013 1:56 PM

    I’m sure that’s exactly what Jets fans want to hear.

  8. nfcbeastly says: May 10, 2013 1:57 PM

    This guy is the next punching bag in a long line of NY Jets QB’s (Foley, Sanchez, Pennington) Good luck with that.

  9. raideralex99 says: May 10, 2013 1:58 PM

    First day of practice and still talking … it’s going to be a long season for him until he learns to avoid the ny media circus.

  10. blacknole08 says: May 10, 2013 1:59 PM

    It’s ok to be self-depricative and all, but he’s only gonna get better if he keeps working hard.

    Attitude is one thing, but work ethic is another. So cut yourself some slack Geno, stop worrying about what people say about you and continue to work hard at your craft.

  11. ozymandias121 says: May 10, 2013 2:02 PM

    His draft grade will be an F 5 years from now.

  12. captainwisdom8888 says: May 10, 2013 2:05 PM

    Props, Geno. What he’s essentially saying now to everyone, especially the media, is that he holds himself to a higher standard than anyone else can possibly hold him to…and that whatever harsh criticism he receives from the outside world simply pales in comparison to the pressure and criticism he puts on himself.

    If this never-satisfied mindset continues, NY is going to embrace is kid big time.

  13. conseannery says: May 10, 2013 2:08 PM

    Smith also said that he’s a “natural leader” and that he’s been “studying my butt off.”

    If you have to tell people you’re a natural leader, you’re probably not.

  14. bilnicki62 says: May 10, 2013 2:09 PM

    OMG I’m so happy we drafted Geno……oh wait, the article said “F” not “A”……why am I a Jets fan again?

  15. hartdaddy says: May 10, 2013 2:13 PM

    Geno Smith studies film on Joe Montana to learn West Coast offense.

    Geno Smith works over nuances with O-Line in hotel night before rookie mini camp begins

    or

    Geno gives himself an F for first practice.

    I wonder which headline do these guy pick?

  16. itscompton says: May 10, 2013 2:17 PM

    I don’t think anyone who is truly a “natural leader” needs to actually say that’s what they are.

  17. patsfan24 says: May 10, 2013 2:18 PM

    Relax Jets fans. We’re talking about practice. Not a game.

  18. painsyndicate says: May 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    B-U-S-T Jets, Jets, Jets.

  19. nagaswan says: May 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    How dare he. I’m outraged.

  20. pj1983a says: May 10, 2013 2:24 PM

    Ah, the wisdom of Ricky Bobby… if you ain’t first, you’re last.™

  21. rc33 says: May 10, 2013 2:26 PM

    Don’t be so harsh, Geno.
    I’m sure you’ll be earning straight D’s by your 3rd NFL season.

  22. mvp43 says: May 10, 2013 2:30 PM

    New York ‘s a perfect market for such a humble and hard working guy like Geno!

  23. jkonigsb says: May 10, 2013 2:33 PM

    @Raider– He’s a QB drafted in the 2nd round. Part of rookie camp is speaking to the media. He is obligated to. He didn’t say anything wrong. He held himself to the same standard at WVU, and was extremely critical of himself. It’s a very good habit to be self-critical, especially since he has always improved on what he found to be a weakness.

    When the article talks about what Geno says about his leadership, its usually because he was ASKED about it. Not too many writers put their ?’s in their articles anymore. How is he supposed to answer it, “I don’t know” “I think so”. No, he came out with a definitive answer that shows confidence.

    Coming from a Raiders fan, whose organization is the diaper stain on the NFL you should keep your mouth shut.

  24. 509seahawks says: May 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    Why is Geno holding a number 1 finger up in that picture? Shouldn’t he be holding two fingers up for a 2nd round draft pick that he has been crying about since the draft?

  25. micknangold says: May 10, 2013 2:52 PM

    Durrrr buttfumble lolz

  26. latchbeam says: May 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” -Geno Smith

  27. noncentsicle says: May 10, 2013 3:14 PM

    Sorry Geno, leadership is earned not proclaimed. You’re just making yourself sound like a fool.

  28. cliverush says: May 10, 2013 3:18 PM

    It is said that you lead by example, not with words.

  29. lrjets says: May 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    ah, this blog was like a carcass for the jackals.

    At least they could be creative.
    What does buttfumble have to do with Geno Smith?
    Guess school was let out early today.
    Milk and cookies time.

    (Let me guess, most of the cretins who posted were not Ravens fans, so they should worry about their own team’s needs)

  30. schultzbrigade says: May 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    Real natural leaders don’t have to mention that they are a leader.

  31. metalhead9652 says: May 10, 2013 3:42 PM

    Maybe if he works really hard he can bring thatbup to a C by the end of his career

  32. realfootballfan says: May 10, 2013 4:52 PM

    I’m going to be interested to see what comes this guy’s way if he’s even halfway decent considering the venom for him here.

  33. nfloracle says: May 10, 2013 5:13 PM

    ““I want to be A+ in everything,” Smith said, explaining that he’s his on harshest critic. Smith also said that he’s a “natural leader” and that he’s been “studying my butt off.”

    With the above, Geno sounds more like Cam Newton with each passing day.

  34. lrjets says: May 10, 2013 5:31 PM

    Love how assistant shipping clerks here are evaluating leadership qualities.
    They probably shipped something to Australia instead of Austria on their first day.
    PRICELESS!

  35. larrydavid7000 says: May 10, 2013 6:02 PM

    I would too and I am gonna go out and give this a hole an F for the season you heard it here first. Loser of a player.!!!!!

  36. j0esixpack says: May 10, 2013 10:22 PM

    Has anyone yet confirmed he doesn’t think “F” stands for “Fantastic”?

  37. lrjets says: May 11, 2013 7:08 AM

    larrydavid7000 says:May 10, 2013 6:02 PM

    I would too and I am gonna go out and give this a hole an F for the season you heard it here first. Loser of a player.!!!!!

    ‘Bout time you got out. It’ll do you some good.

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