Geno Smith: I’ve already made a giant leap

AP

Geno Smith has a big transition to make from running West Virginia’s spread offense at the college level to quarterbacking the West Coast-style scheme offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is installing in his first season with the Jets.

According to Smith, the transition is going very well. Smith spoke to Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network at the rookie symposium in Ohio on Monday and said that he’s made big strides in his short time with the Jets since they drafted him in the second round in April.

“I’ve already made a giant leap,” Smith said. “Coming from a spread system where the biggest transition for me is going to be the footwork. It’s not as if I can’t do it, it’s the fact that I haven’t done it enough. The good amount of reps that I got in rookie camp, minicamp, OTAs has helped me make that leap and transition, and make giant strides. I was able get in with the first team and do some really good things.”

Center Nick Mangold said recently that he thought Smith was going to have to “work his butt off” in order to beat out Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback, so it would seem there’s still plenty for Smith to do when the team gets to training camp. Under most circumstances, you’d say that the Jets would be looking for a reason to go with Smith over a guy with 52 turnovers in his last 31 starts but the handling of Sanchez’s career to this point makes it clear that the Jets don’t do things the same way as everyone else at quarterback.

34 responses to “Geno Smith: I’ve already made a giant leap

  1. The kid is handling the NY media pretty well. Let’s see how he progresses in training camp before annointing him. But I like what I see so far.

  2. As people discount the jets think about this. We had no oline no wrs a inept rb and we lost our best player on defense. Yet up untill week 14 we were in contention for a playoff spot. The jets will make the playoffs this season LOCK IT UP

  3. I know that picture of him above is just single snapshot, but the angle of his arm is eerily similar to what Vince Young’s used to look like when he threw the ball. We’ll see, but if he throws like that all the time, he might have some major wind-up issues.

  4. softhelmet says:

    Mock all you want, but if Sanchez was the LONG TERM answer,there would have not been a need to take a QB in the draft at all……

    Face it, Sanchez is last years news. It’s time to
    saddle up to the new sheriff….

  5. “Under most circumstances, you’d say that the Jets would be looking for a reason to go with Smith over a guy with 52 turnovers in his last 31 starts but the handling of Sanchez’s career to this point makes it clear that the Jets don’t do things the same way as everyone else at quarterback.”

    I am no Jets fan. But if that is your only criteria for a starting QB, Sanchez should start.
    Because over Geno’s last 48 games he has fumbled 32 times and threw 21 int’s. Just glad as hell neither guy is my teams starting QB.

  6. Mangold should focus on his blocking instead of his mouthing. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was one of the anonymous Jets complaining about Sanchez last season.

  7. What is it with the Jets getting QBs with no accuracy. Last year they bring in Tebow who couldn’t hit the ocean from a boat than they get this guy who is only slightly better.

  8. unfortunately smith later dislocated his throwing shoulder while continuing to pat himself on the back.

  9. not a Jets fan by no means, but as I listen to comments in favor of Sanchez I scratch my head…..Here you have an upgrade in QB with Smith yet you idiots still find a way to want to give Sanchez the football for another season….Sanchez has crested, there is no upside to see…..cut your loses, get behind the new QB and look forward to better days……After 4 years, Sanchez has not grown as a QB….the sooner your knuckleheads cut sling load the sooner you start to have success as a franchise…..get a smart OC and start to look like a football team…….

  10. Great, and after you throw your first pick, the Jets fans will tell you to take a flying leap. Or possibly be fruitful and multiply…but not in those exact words,

  11. buckybadger says:
    Jun 24, 2013 4:51 PM
    What is it with the Jets getting QBs with no accuracy. Last year they bring in Tebow who couldn’t hit the ocean from a boat than they get this guy who is only slightly better.

    ________
    So thats why Chad Pennington is the most accurate passer ever? Sorry to call you out if you’re only 15, I wouldn’t expect you to know that then

  12. Dear Jets Critics:

    I’m sure the Jets coaching staff appreciates the suggestions you made regarding Geno’s throwing motion.

    I’m certain without your combined input, they’d never have noticed.

    Because of that the Jets shall be better than you think and might even beat the team you anonymously root for .

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