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Jets QB coach: Geno Smith’s made big improvement in ball security

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Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback for the Jets against the Raiders in the season opener, but he’s not guaranteed all that much beyond that if he doesn’t show clear improvement over his rookie season.

Quarterbacks coach David Lee thinks that Smith has already showed real progress in one area. Lee said Smith had a tendency to “go off the reservation” last year, but has reined things in as he’s become more comfortable in the offense. As a result, Smith is showing an increased ability to hang onto the ball heading into his second NFL season.

“That’s probably been the No. 1 most encouraging thing, is he’s secured the ball in the pocket,” Lee said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “He’s had two hands on the ball, he’s working with two hands on the ball as he’s escaping the pocket and moving and sliding. Just his ball security has been a gigantic [improvement]. And that’ll be the biggest turnaround thing for us, if he just takes care of the ball and doesn’t get it knocked loose. So that’s a good observation. That’s the big thing he’s improved.”

Smith turned the ball over 25 times last season, but only two of them came in the final four weeks of the regular season and he’s thrown one interception this preseason. Keeping that up would be a major plus for both the offense and the defense, to say nothing of Smith’s chances of remaining the starter ahead of Michael Vick for the entire season.

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10 Responses to “Jets QB coach: Geno Smith’s made big improvement in ball security”
  1. gayforbrady says: Aug 28, 2014 7:40 AM

    Over under on interceptions this year is 11. The reason why it’s so low is because Geno is losing his job to vick.

  2. RexCanCoach says: Aug 28, 2014 7:57 AM

    So excited to see year 2 for Geno. Ended 2013 on positive note, Geno has looked real good in preseason. Maybe everyone was wrong about this guy.

  3. ctiggs says: Aug 28, 2014 8:03 AM


  4. bushwoodcc says: Aug 28, 2014 8:18 AM

    They’ve also spent a good deal of time going over why it is important not to run into offensive lineman’s rear ends.

    Reports say Lee was overheard telling Smith “The guy before you never thought something like that could ever happen…but, well you know what happened”.

  5. madmax80 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:25 AM

    I’m offended by the saying ‘go off the reservation’.

  6. hehateme2 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:38 AM

    just wait for the “real games” to start.

  7. whatnojets says: Aug 28, 2014 8:47 AM

    Crazy Glue works wonders!

  8. 1nyj says: Aug 28, 2014 10:55 AM

    Geno Smith > Ryan Tannehill

  9. qdog112 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:53 AM

    Smith had 27 turnovers as a rookie and Peyton Manning had over 30 as a rookie.

    Let’s give Geno a little time to pass or fail. An 8-8 record with high turnovers as a rookie doesn’t end a career.

  10. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:19 PM

    Ball security?

    Ok, well that is one half of keeping points off the board for the other team, how is he doing with things like throwing the ball, his reads, footwork, being a QB stuff.

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