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Geno Smith: I’m not a troublemaker


Jets quarterback Geno Smith said Saturday that he expects to have competition for the starting job this offseason, something that coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik have both intimated since the end of the regular season by resisting offers to name Smith their starting quarterback for 2014.

If they do decide to make a change, it won’t be because of concerns about Smith’s judgment off the field. Some questions were raised on that front after an incident on a Virgin America flight that Smith left before takeoff. The airline later apologized and Idzik, speaking at the Jets House the team has been operating in Manhattan ¬†for fans and appearances by team members during Super Bowl week, said that he isn’t concerned about Smith’s judgment because he believes Smith understands what comes with playing such a visible position in New York.

Smith, who was also at Jets House, wouldn’t talk about the details of what happened on the flight Saturday He did say that he’s spoken with Ryan about the position he’s in and that he’s comfortable with everything that comes with his position.

“You’re a quarterback in the NFL,” Smith said, via Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger. “So that’s enough. I understand what my job entails. I understand what comes with it. So it’s not a big deal. I’ve just got to continue to do the things that got me here, which is be myself. I’m not a troublemaker. I’m not a bad person. I don’t do things to get in trouble.”

Handling things off the field is certainly important, but Smith’s going to need to do a better job of handling things on the field if he’s going to continue to deal with the extra baggage that may come with being a starting quarterback. Winning a serious competition this offseason would be a step in that direction and it wouldn’t hurt Smith or any other quarterback if the Jets upgraded the talent around them on offense in 2014.

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17 Responses to “Geno Smith: I’m not a troublemaker”
  1. bobleblah says: Feb 2, 2014 10:28 AM

    If Geno Smith is #7, what number will Vick wear?

  2. kerzondax says: Feb 2, 2014 10:30 AM

    Probably not. Just a bit odd, but quite a ways from being a good QB.

  3. rocketmcstonebreaker says: Feb 2, 2014 10:38 AM

    … or a good QB.

  4. myworldurjuslivinit says: Feb 2, 2014 10:41 AM

    translation: trouble just finds me.

  5. greymares says: Feb 2, 2014 11:58 AM

    Hello Geno; I’m Michael Vick.

  6. ravenswhat says: Feb 2, 2014 12:24 PM

    If they have to ask you…you are.

  7. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 2, 2014 1:20 PM

    I don’t think he’s a bad dude. He’s a kid trying to find his way in the world and has a bunch of pressure since he’s in such a big market and is, right now, a terrible QB.

  8. backdapack4evr says: Feb 2, 2014 1:21 PM

    Just another clown in the circus!!
    NY is the perfect fit!!

  9. rubenxx7 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:27 PM

    Your not a starting nlf qb either!!!

  10. sportsguy3434 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:35 PM

    Did you see all those picks you threw this year? You gave your OC and DC plenty of trouble.

  11. dartwick says: Feb 2, 2014 1:38 PM

    Genos issue seem to be related to a lack of sense rather than than a propensity to find trouble.

  12. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 2, 2014 1:42 PM

    Warren Sapp would say you are !

  13. hehateme2 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:05 PM

    Not a playmaker either.

  14. pokhara13 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:07 PM

    Maybe he’s not a troublemaker, but he is all about himself. Watch any of his touchdown run celebrations from 2013 and that will be clear. I don’t see him leading the Jets to a championship, so I hope we bail soon on Ego Geno.

  15. jerrahsucks says: Feb 2, 2014 2:23 PM

    You ain’t no quarterback either.

  16. carl lafong says: Feb 2, 2014 2:27 PM

    Not a fan of the Jets, but give him another year under Morningwig, and some better targets to throw to. Then make a judgement on the guy.

  17. dfco74 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:33 PM

    Pats fans make fun of him all day, but the Bottom line is if you beat Geno on Oct 20,2013 you have home field throughout the playoffs. Maybe your team wouldn’t be sitting home today like the Jets are.

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