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Geno Smith: I’m more confident running with the ball

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One of the loudest criticisms of Jets quarterback Geno Smith during his rookie season was that he didn’t make smart enough decisions when he was in the pocket, leading to turnovers or other negative plays that hindered an already weak offense.

In some of those cases, Smith would have been better off tucking the ball away and trying to run for a first down. Smith says he’s better equipped to do that in his second year on the job. In an interview with the Jets’ website, Smith said he knows that doing so could extend drives when receivers aren’t open, avoid turnovers and make life easier on a defense that had to do too much to keep the Jets in games last season.

“I’ve gotten faster. And I’m also more confident with running the ball. A lot of that has to do with just my confidence with my reads, knowing when to put it down to run to get us some extra yards,” Smith said, via CBS New York. “We want to really put emphasis on getting the ball out on time and being sharp and precise with our throws, but if it’s not there, use that extra asset that we have as runners.”

Speaking generally about Michael Vick, Smith called the veteran quarterback a teacher and a mentor and perhaps some of his running skills have rubbed off on his competition for the quarterback job. If Smith is able to make better use of his feet, it won’t help Vick get on the field but it would be a boost for a Jets offense that has to be better this season.

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36 Responses to “Geno Smith: I’m more confident running with the ball”
  1. weepingjebus says: Aug 1, 2014 11:28 AM

    Yes, we know, every single Jets player is the best in the league at their position. Their depth chart is basically just a flat line with everyone’s faces next to each other.

  2. scoops1 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:28 AM

    translation = Noodle Arm 2.0

  3. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 1, 2014 11:29 AM

    that will not make u a top 5 qb ASK MIKE VICK

  4. nyhealingpoints says: Aug 1, 2014 11:32 AM

    Geno Smith is no joke.

  5. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 1, 2014 11:36 AM

    Way to take the comments completely out of context.

    He said he’s “more confident running with the ball” opposed to last year. Not he’s more confident running with the ball than passing it.

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 1, 2014 11:37 AM

    “I’m more confident running with the ball” – Geno Smith
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    This is no surprise.

    SEE: 12 td – 21 int

  7. micknangold says: Aug 1, 2014 11:43 AM

    Reading comprehension is tough for your average PFT commenter.

  8. gbrown23 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:44 AM

    Ahhh Geno Geno Geno, only about a month to go for these losers to keep bringing up your ROOKIE year stats. He’s the real deal, just was a rookie dealt a terrible hand. Can’t wait to see him shock the world.

  9. joetoronto says: Aug 1, 2014 11:46 AM

    Wow, big surprise there, when a “QB” can’t pass, he runs.

  10. qdog112 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:47 AM

    The biggest criticism of young “athletic” QBs, is that they are one read and take off running. Geno does the opposite and gets criticzed.

    Just because he’s black doesn’t make him a runner. He wasn’t at UVA and he’s not gonna become that now. Get the man some WRs and block for him to see what he can do.

    He is the same guy who shredded an LSU team of NFLers to the tune of 563 yards. An ocassional run is OK, but he’s not RG3 or Kaepernick. Both Tannehill and Luck are better runners, yet I don’t hear anyone suggesting they do it more.

  11. spreadthecheese says: Aug 1, 2014 11:55 AM

    It’s like hearing a wide receiver say he’s more comfortable blocking.

  12. wrathofgodzilla says: Aug 1, 2014 11:56 AM

    Vick’s trying to get him hurt.
    MV: “Just run as fast as you can and stay in bounds. You’ll only get hit a couple dozen times a game.”

  13. 2bemoore43 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:03 PM

    @qdog: lol…. you said cause he’s black…. Johnny Cochran would be proud of your usage of the race card.

  14. sportsfan18 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:07 PM

    Season 1 QB stats

    Geno “run” Smith
    55.8 comp % 66.5 QB rating 12 TD’s & 21 INT’s

    Russell Wilson
    64.1 comp % 100 QB rating 26 TD’s & 10 INT’s

    Joe Flacco
    60 comp% 80.3 QB rating 14 TD’s & 12 INT’s

    Matt Ryan
    61.1 comp % 87.7 QB rating 16 TD’s & 11 INT’s

    Andrew Luck
    54.1 comp % 76.5 QB rating 23 TD’s & 18 INT’s

    RGIII
    65.6 comp % 102.4 QB rating 20 TD’s & 5 INT’s

    So Geno has the worst QB rating by far and he’s the only one with more INT’s than TD’s and he wasn’t close to being at break even.

    Let’s get closer to Geno’s first yr stats.

    Christian Ponder 1st yr stats
    54.3 comp % 70.1 QB rating 13 TD’s & 13 INT’s

    Blaine Gabbert
    50.8 comp % 65.4 QB rating 12 TD’s & 11 INT’s

    Geno performed like Ponder and Gabbert his first year and we how they’ve done since then.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 1, 2014 12:11 PM

    Wow, Christian Ponder was way ahead of Smith in his first year. He’d tuck and run at the first sign of trouble from the first day. Of course, he’s still doing that, even in OTAs.

  16. ariani1985 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:19 PM

    Translation. “I can’t read NFL defenses”

  17. floratiotime says: Aug 1, 2014 12:24 PM

    That’s good cause you stink at passing it.

  18. pftfan says: Aug 1, 2014 12:28 PM

    I don’t think it’s fair to constantly bring up Geno’s 12 TDs and 21 INTs and leave out the fact that he also had 6 Rushing TD’s as well (many of which were 10 yards or greater).

    18 and 21 is a lot easier to swallow than 12 and 21.

  19. micknangold says: Aug 1, 2014 12:33 PM

    Wow, guys. He’s saying he’s more comfortable running this season then he was last season. NOT that he’s more comfortable running than passing. Is everyone who posts comments mocking the Jets as stupid as this bunch?

  20. pisano says: Aug 1, 2014 12:37 PM

    Michael Vick….Jets starting QB by the third game of the season, if not before.

  21. ariani1985 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:39 PM

    The jets, comedy every damm day!

  22. jetsfan67 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:41 PM

    Jets haters make me laugh every morning. Thank you all for your insight. Bwahahahaha.

  23. dollasnsense says: Aug 1, 2014 12:42 PM

    qdog…

    If you’re gonna talk about the great things he did in college, at least get the college he played at correct otherwise no one can take you seriously!!

  24. jetfan74 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:43 PM

    Just as long as he protects the football, I’m good w/ him tucking and running. I could care less if he leads the team in rushing TD’s again too. Whatever it takes to move the chains and put points on the board. Oh wait, I forgot in today’s society we have to have it all RIGHT NOW, so he must be top five all time and throw for 5,000 yds and 50 TD’s as a rookie or second yr guy. Here’s a reality check for all the trolls, Seattle showed all of you the time tested and proven way to win a championship in the NFL. It hasn’t changed and never will. If you try and come back w/ Russel Wilson as a defense, better check the game stats. He took more than his fair share of sacks, the yards passing are in the same neighborhood and he had far better talent around him, but the big difference was TURNOVERS. Geno is still not Mr Wonderful out there in Denver and his record setting rookie yr. Maybe if some of you were the slightest bit historians and not still wet behind the ears, you might know that interesting little fun fact!!! I’ve watched Geno w/ talented receivers, he tore it up and he had to because WVU hasn’t had a defense in lord knows how many yrs. Again he somehow got knocked for it, when the defense stunk. As for a noodle arm, we cut those guys. Geno has the strongest arm the Jets have had in over 10 yrs, minus that guy who retired and came back like 5 times. Bottom line, most of you are Jets haters w/ no respect for the truth. Whether he develops remains to be seen, but from what I’ve seen, Geno has plenty of talent, skill, and will. You might want to worry about your own QB if you play the Jets, our D line is flat out nasty!!!

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 1, 2014 12:46 PM

    “Jets haters make me laugh every morning”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    TRANSLATION: Prescription drug addiction, delusional, and afraid of the truth

  26. dollasnsense says: Aug 1, 2014 12:50 PM

    pftfan..

    I see what you did there… added in his rushing TD stats to make a case Geno wasn’t that bad but conveniently forgot to add in his Fumbles (8) and fumbles lost (4).

    No matter how you slice your stats for Geno, he played poorly in 2013

  27. mutantman87 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:52 PM

    It’s surprising that Geno doesn’t run that much. I remember being surprised when he ran a 4.6 at the combine, since he had all of 150 rushing yards during his senior year at WVU. I don’t think he’ll ever be Vick (nor should he attempt to be!), but maybe he can smartly use mobility like an Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or Alex Smith. And make sure to protect the ball.

  28. qdog112 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:53 PM

    Hey sportsfan, you forgot Peyton Manning. How did he stake up against Geno?

  29. qdog112 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:56 PM

    dollasnsense says:
    Aug 1, 2014 12:42 PM
    qdog…

    If you’re gonna talk about the great things he did in college, at least get the college he played at correct otherwise no one can take you seriously!!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Of course you’re right. West Virginia. Focus on 563, is that right?

  30. chris1cat says: Aug 1, 2014 12:57 PM

    From the looks of that picture, it looks as though he’s going to punt the ball!
    Maybe that would work out better for him?

  31. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2014 12:59 PM

    Yeah….but can he run into an O-lineman’s butt?

  32. jetsarestacked says: Aug 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    i have no idea what geno will be, but looking at his stats last year don’t ,mean anything. he was literally throwing to practice squad receivers most of the season. geno basically got what he could out of that group. it will be interesting to see what he does with legitimate receivers and a pass catching running back in johnson.

  33. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 1, 2014 2:29 PM

    “If Smith is able to make better use of his feet, it won’t help Vick get on the field…”
    _______________

    Unless of course, he gets carted off the field as a result.

  34. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:33 PM

    Geno’s going to be great holding the clipboard for 8 plus weeks on the sideline. INJURY! You’re no Michael Vick…

  35. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 1, 2014 8:51 PM

    The poor Jets. They are on Geno Side. And will suffer from their quarterback killing the team’s playoff chances. That’s Geno Side.

  36. fathersworkandfamily says: Aug 2, 2014 4:09 PM

    micknangold says:
    Aug 1, 2014 12:33 PM

    Wow, guys. He’s saying he’s more comfortable running this season then he was last season. NOT that he’s more comfortable running than passing. Is everyone who posts comments mocking the Jets as stupid as this bunch?

    Yes, yes they are…

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