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Geno Smith impresses Jets with film study


Defensive coordinators who’ll face Jets quarterback Geno Smith have spent the last seven months studying film of his rookie season.  So, in addition to studying his own film, Smith decided on his own to start studying film of the defensive coordinators he’ll be facing.

And the Jets are impressed by that.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News explains that Smith got the idea from advisor and friend John Thornton, whose advice was simple:  “Watch the guys who are planning on attacking you.”

That’s smart as hell though,” Ryan told Mehta.  “I never even knew about it. . . .  He wants to be great.  He just doesn’t want to be a guy that gets through.  God touched the kid.  He’s got so much ability.  He can throw, he can run, he can do all that.  But it’s that work ethic.  As a quarterback, you almost have to be a gym rat.  And he’s done it.”

Smith saw it as no big deal.

“I like watching film anyway,” Smith said. “It was one of those things where I didn’t have anything to do anyway, so I just wanted to kind of get ahead of stuff.”

But doesn’t every starting quarterback study in the offseason both his own performances and the strategies and tactics of the teams he’ll be facing in the coming year?  Maybe the implicit news here is that not many do.

Of course, a potential disconnect remains between studying film and performing at a high level when the reps are real.  Especially when the starting quarterback’s understudy is a guy whose God-given abilities have made it easy for him at times to not give a damn about studying film.

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64 Responses to “Geno Smith impresses Jets with film study”
  1. sportsfan18 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:32 AM

    They were impressed because he no longer falls asleep during film study…

  2. whatnojets says: Aug 15, 2014 8:33 AM

    You mean that they don’t watch clips of the other team that’s trying to smash you into the ground at every possible moment?

  3. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 15, 2014 8:37 AM


  4. hairpie2 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:37 AM

    The Jets are great at film study, remember when they were caught taping the Pats in Foxboro during a playoff game and the commish did nothing about it?

  5. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 15, 2014 8:38 AM

    “god given abilities?” No, you work hard to develop them. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  6. flash1287 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:38 AM

    To bad he can’t “impress” on the field.

  7. patstruthspeaker says: Aug 15, 2014 8:39 AM

    The Patriots and BB will own this fool and destroy the Jets this season ….JETS–Just End The Season (and it’s not even September)

  8. jetsclaps says: Aug 15, 2014 8:43 AM

    Every quarterback does this? C’mon Florio, do you honestly think Manziel is going to spend the offseason studying film?

  9. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 15, 2014 8:45 AM

    “But doesn’t every starting quarterback study in the offseason both his own performances and the strategies and tactics of the teams he’ll be facing in the coming year? Maybe the implicit news here is that not many do.”

    Nope. The implicit new here is that the Jets will hype anything they can to help Geno’s image.

  10. fordmandalay says: Aug 15, 2014 8:45 AM

    I watch a lot of movies too – just yesterday I watched a Humphrey Bogart marathon of 4 of his best! I bet the Jests are pretty impressed.

  11. SAV says: Aug 15, 2014 8:46 AM

    If QBs are generally not studying opposing defenses what the hell are they doing?

  12. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:53 AM

    If this is “news” about your starting QB, then you need a new starting QB.

  13. packfaninchitown says: Aug 15, 2014 8:57 AM

    So they’re impressed he’s doing his job?

  14. dsigrey says: Aug 15, 2014 8:57 AM

    Still can’t impress anywhere else…

  15. succulentnipples says: Aug 15, 2014 8:58 AM

    Johnathon Football.

  16. shakethenbake says: Aug 15, 2014 8:59 AM


  17. Ben Jackson says: Aug 15, 2014 9:00 AM

    Well, if you can’t impress on the field, impress in the film room.

  18. buddysguys says: Aug 15, 2014 9:00 AM

    so he is good at watching TV?

  19. beachsidejames says: Aug 15, 2014 9:02 AM

    I guess if your looking for a movie critic…He’s your guy.

  20. seatownballers says: Aug 15, 2014 9:05 AM

    That’s his job. I’m not impressed

  21. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 15, 2014 9:05 AM

    This light finally turned on for Michael Vick under Tony Dungy’s mentoring as he returned to the NFL. If it’s true that Geno is realizing the importance of hard work and film study this early in his career, there’s hope for this kid to emerge.

    That said, I continue to have my doubts … big time.

    – Titans Fan

  22. bigbluebeast says: Aug 15, 2014 9:07 AM

    Geno Smith can’t read.

  23. glennsyank13 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:13 AM

    Geno Smith studies film while Teddy Bridgewater plays Madden.

  24. unclebluck says: Aug 15, 2014 9:14 AM

    Good to hear Geno is FINALLY doing his job……

  25. ariani1985 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:14 AM

    you can shine turds all day and at the end of the day you still have Geno!!

  26. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 15, 2014 9:15 AM

    “When somebody asks you if you have been touched by God and if you are smart as hell, you say YES!!”

  27. uncletuna says: Aug 15, 2014 9:15 AM

    He really has a fragile ego…constant adulation being the answer?!?

    The Schadenfreude the Jets provide is the gift that keeps giving…

  28. abninf says: Aug 15, 2014 9:17 AM

    If God had touched the kid he would be the starting QB in Dallas.

  29. bigperm33 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:18 AM

    I dont know if Smith will turn into a good QB, but he also had some of the worst offensive weapons in all of football last year. We saw Brady really struggle at times in New England and everyone blamed who was around him. With Smith, he was a rookie, with no weapons, playing for a defensive minded head coach. That he did anything positive and kept playing hard says a lot for him.

  30. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 15, 2014 9:22 AM



  31. skum01 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:23 AM

    Do we trust Rex Ryan to tell us someone is smart?

    This is like relying on Josh Gordon to tell us someone is a responsible adult.

  32. weepingjebus says: Aug 15, 2014 9:24 AM

    So his passes will now get to his WRs on the first bounce instead of the second?

  33. scmems07 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:27 AM

    Tebow was very good at studying tape too and we all know how that ended up.

  34. jet77life says: Aug 15, 2014 9:28 AM

    Might as well get my jets suber bowl champs tattoo now!! Amirite?

  35. raiderrob21 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:31 AM

    So what your saying is they aren’t impressed with what he does on the field? News flash-Neither is anyone else.

  36. mannyiac says: Aug 15, 2014 9:34 AM

    The Jets are impressed with Geno because so far he hasn’t thrown an interception during his film study time

  37. scmems07 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:44 AM

    If he were really smart he would take a page from Bill b. And study the other teams practices…..

  38. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 15, 2014 9:50 AM

    Is there any way someone can show this story to Belichick and/ or Brady and take video of their reactions? This is absurd on so many levels.

  39. mrbigass says: Aug 15, 2014 9:53 AM

    Sooooo, he’s the first guy to think of that?

  40. gottaplan says: Aug 15, 2014 9:55 AM

    Now if he could learn to throw, run and manage an offense he’d have something going….

  41. iamkillerfin says: Aug 15, 2014 9:59 AM

    The junk jets STILL suck!!! GO FINS!!!

  42. metitometin says: Aug 15, 2014 10:00 AM

    Why is Geno suddenly the anointed one? He hasn’t done jack in the NFL yet. Typical Jets hype machine overdrive. I smell 6-10.

  43. whiteknightblackheart says: Aug 15, 2014 10:11 AM

    BREAKING: Young professional does something to advance career. Media stunned.

  44. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:12 AM

    So he’s doing what players like Brady, Manning, Brees and Rodgers do and have done their whole careers and its supposed to make him special ?

    Good for Smith that he’s putting in the hours he should be putting in if he wants to be a winner. Lets not make it out like this is something oh so special though.

  45. kneelbeforesod says: Aug 15, 2014 10:16 AM

    It’s NYJ – not NYU.

  46. weepingjebus says: Aug 15, 2014 10:22 AM

    You can impress the Jets just by lacing up your cleats on the first try.

    “What the- do that again! Guys, come see this!”
    “…he’s a witch, get him!”

  47. gayforbrady says: Aug 15, 2014 10:31 AM

    I really do love the jets.

    They are the apple dumpling gang of the NFL.

  48. realfootballfan says: Aug 15, 2014 10:34 AM

    God touched the kid? Laying it on a bit thick, aren’t we, Rex? Besides, I recall his work ethic and understanding of playbooks being one of his strong points coming out of West Virginia, so this isn’t anything new. He has to get better on the field.

  49. 69finfan says: Aug 15, 2014 10:38 AM

    Jets=Just Endure The Stupidity!

  50. ruggerio says: Aug 15, 2014 10:42 AM

    I think this says more about the Jets than it does Geno or the other teams. I am sure lots of other people do this. The fact that Ryan (seems to) think that this is something impressive might indicate that that organization in general has low standards. Or maybe its just more positive spin from a coach looking for reasons to be positive.

  51. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 15, 2014 10:43 AM

    It always seems that the jets TALK BIG..and talk big…and talk big….Thats what the jets do.

    But…history doesn’t lie…2 division titles in 45 years…2…lower than all but a couple teams.

    So…talk and talk and talk…and maybe you’ll convince yourselves you can play….One of these decades, the play will match the talk.

  52. ruggerio says: Aug 15, 2014 10:45 AM

    Also, this story is talking about him studying the defensive COORDINATORS. Is it possible there is a misunderstanding that he is studing the opposing defenses (like everyone does) when in reality he is somehow studying the coordinators themselves. I have no idea what film of the coordinator would tell you, I’m just grasping at straws maybe.

  53. granadafan says: Aug 15, 2014 10:56 AM

    Rex Ryan is shocked and pleasantly surprised that his QBs study film of defenses???? Well, that explains the amaaaazing success his previous QBs had.

  54. campcouch says: Aug 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    one day I decided to use the restroom by myself.

  55. micknangold says: Aug 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    Most players and coaching staffs don’t spend much time if any watching film of their upcoming opponents in the offseason. I’ve heard plenty of coaches say that on NFL Radio, and according to Pat Kirwan it’s not really necessary. You’ve got plenty of time to do that week to week. Remember that coaches work ungodly hours during the season, and they don’t really need to spend that much time (relatively speaking) watching film to get the information they need to come up with a game plan, which takes up most of the weekly prep time. Additonally, teams aren’t going to be doing the exact same concepts and schemes from last year; there’s going to be tweaks that you can’t see until you’ve got game film from the current season. You think coaches want to waste their time looking at materials that might be outdated and then rely on notes from film watching in the Spring/Summer, during the regular season?

  56. ezg1 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:38 AM

    His alleged study habits, unfortunately, don’t translate to a positive performance on the field!

  57. pats777 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:39 AM

    Hope he studied the Pats D from last year really hard cuz it ain’t gonna look anything like what he will be facing this season.

  58. firecracker87 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    I don’t understand, isn’t it supposed to go without saying that a professional QB would be studying opposing defenses?!?!

    This is a revelation to these folks after the last 94 years of the NFL?

    I MUST be missing something!

  59. bunchofstooges says: Aug 15, 2014 12:42 PM

    Two things I have in common with Geno Smith. We both study film and neither one of us is an NFL quarterback.

  60. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 15, 2014 12:45 PM

    doesn’t matter.. even a washed up Favre was 100x better than this dude & the only film he studied with the Jets was adult films

  61. agcooney108 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:33 PM

    stooges, he’s actually playing and starting in the nfl though?

  62. jetset24 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:51 PM

    wow man, spark it up dude, that’s freaking brilliant, dude

  63. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 15, 2014 5:24 PM

    Maybe he should have watched film of a good QB.

    Just a thought.

  64. RexCanCoach says: Aug 16, 2014 7:52 AM

    I love me some Geno. 10-6, division champs in 2014 YESSSSS!!!!!

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