Geno Smith says he thinks he can start somewhere, if not Jets

AP

Geno Smith was the declared starter for a team that nearly went to the playoffs this year, before a former teammate broke his jaw and he became a forgotten man.

So, of course thinks he can be a starter again in the NFL.

“When I came in, from day one I wanted to play and that’s never going to change,” Smith said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “I want to be out there. I want to compete.”

Smith was supplanted by Ryan Fitzpatrick after linebacker IK Enemkpali punched him in the face, and we barely heard a peep from him the rest of the season. Of course, Fitzpatrick went on to lead them to the verge of the playoffs, and the team has said they’re interested in bringing the veteran free agent back as the starter next year.

Smith was asked if he would prefer to be in a situation where he had a chance to start, and was described as “snippy” in response.

“I guess if you’re saying I don’t have an opportunity here, I don’t believe that,” Smith said. “We don’t know what’s going to transpire, we don’t know what’s gonna happen. We have to see. . . .

“No one can predict the future. I know that you guys like to. You like to think that you know everything. But we’ll see.”

At least he’s not defensive about it, though even without a crystal ball, it’s hard to see a team who would be willing to go into the season with Smith as a starter.

45 responses to “Geno Smith says he thinks he can start somewhere, if not Jets

  1. Everyone knew that Fitzpatrick would be an upgrade over Smith–they just didn’t know how much. Smith has opportunity in NY alright. It’s as a backup though.

  2. Smith is so much better than Fitzpatrick.

    Fitzy went back to his true ways against the Bills!

    Gutless!

    Geno has heart and could have won that game.

    Typical Jet NYC fans though are idiots and clueless to what a good QB is. Serves them right, NYC fans are the fakest, whiny, and most annoying in all sports!

  3. How can the Jets and Browns keep selecting the worst draft qb prospects. Don,t you eventually have to get one right after so many wrongs. I hope not. Haha.

  4. I don’t think anyone knows what Geno would’ve done with both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker to throw to and an OC that believes in the vertical pass.

    Geno may or may not ever be a quality starting QB but noone can dispute that he played in one of the most conservative offenses in the league when he was starting.

    Fitz had a good year but is on his 6th team. The Bills gave him a huge contract after 1 good year and regretted it.

    The Jets have difficult decisions to make this offseason.

  5. The Jets should just dump this hooligan and look for a back-up to our future franchise quarterback, Mr. Ryan Fitzpatrick!

  6. In fairness to Geno, he wasn’t ready to start from day 1. He would have benefited from sitting for a year. Plus the Jets has no wide receivers his first year. His second year they had Eric Decker who is a good #2. Plus, he was on a Rex Ryan coached team, which means his coaching was probably not the best.

    On the other hand – he was awful. He held onto the ball too long, had bad accuracy, and did stupid things like running backwards when facing a sack, losing more yards. He threw bad interceptions (bad judgment). took sacks instead of throwing the ball away, and in general lacked situational awareness.

    He probably would have done better this year with the Jets, now that they have Brandon Marshall. Except the one game he go to play in, he was unprepared, and made more mental lapses.

    He could in theory improve to a bottom Tier 2 QB, but thats not really what teams are hoping for. If Ryan Fitzpatrick, who does not have a deep ball, can win over him in pre-season in 2016, then Geno probably doesn’t have that much to offer.

    If a team started him for a few years, with good coaching and some weapons, maybe he would improve. But would he improve enough to be worth the investment?

  7. To his credit Geno showed flashes of the potential to be a good to really good QB in 2014.

    How much of his failing is due to him and how much is due to Rex is impossible to tell at this time.

    Right now the Jets have him fairly cheap. If I was the GM I’d sign Fitz to s cap friendly incentive lafen deal in the 8-10 million range, draft QB prospect 1st or 2nd round and see how it all plays out.

    Spend some money and keep the D together and look for some O linemen.

    This team should be a playoff contender for the next 2-3 years. What they yeally need is a top 10 QB to consistently take on the Pats.

  8. Dearest Geno, as long as Chan Gailey is in New York, “Fitz”-fizzle isn’t going anywhere. You might as well get out there and compete for a starting job somewhere: KCMO with Andy Reid (tell Andy that your deep ball is as good as Donovan McNabb’s); Cleveland; if Jay Cutler were on the skids in Chicago, then you could make a run for the starting job there with John Fox, a very well-respected head coach; else, you’d definitely beat out Blaine Gabbert in ‘Frisco, but you should know by now that HCs can be very picky about their QBs. Anyway… just show each team the videotape of the Packers game (2014) where you launched that over-the-shoulder, Drew Brees-style bread-basket pass to Eric Decker, in-stride for the TD, and that will surely help to get yourself a golden ticket to starting in the NFL again. Wishing only the very best for you, A Geno Fan.

  9. Was one of the worst starting qb’s in the league. Will be out of NFL in a couple years. Way to finish Jets!

  10. Having no dog in this fight, I would just invite my friends who are Jets fans to compare the performance of Geno Smith over the last couple of years to the first couple of years of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career. Just because there are few (maybe no) NFL starting QBs taking the Aaron Rodgers route doesn’t mean that aren’t young QBs with potential who need a few years in a stable program (had to laugh a little here) to develop. I think this is especially true of Smith, whose shortcomings have a lot more to do with making boneheaded decisions than inability to make reads, lack of accuracy, pocket presence, arm strength, or scrambling skills.

  11. While people love to Rip on Geno, the reality is, nobody really knows what his potential is.

    He won 8 games as a rookie on a team with virtually no offensive talent. He even beat the Patriots as a rookie. This is after being in college in a spread offense. He should never had played his rookie season but the indept GM John Idzik put him in a terrible spot with Sanchez getting hurt in the preseason.

    I mean, his starting WRs would not be backups on other teams. His only reliable target was Jeremy Kerley. When he got hurt in year 2 of the Geno Era it was over. Decker was also hurt for a good part of the year with a hamstring issue and by then Geno was kind of ruined.

    The run game with Ivory was also limited. Offensive line not good either.

    The Jets get decker healthly, bring in marshall to be the true #1 receiver, sign carpenter to play guard and its a much better offense. We’ll never see how Geno would have really performed aside from one game. Fitz had a great season but it was a career year. He also had a true stinker game that cost Jets the playoffs, like vs the Bills.

    Physically Geno has talent. Mentally? Leadership wise? Winning helps get you the locker room. Geno won’t have that chance with the Jets. Its clear management is moving on.

    But I seriously doubt Fitzpatrick has a 31 td season again next year–it is a TOUGH schedule! Unless of course as a free agent someone signs fitz for $15 million and the Jets balk at paying him that much.

    Geno could have had some success but much like David Carr, he was stuck in a bad situation and likely won’t get a chance to turn it around. Young QBs are hard to find and easy to ruin.

  12. They have to trade him.

    He does not want to be a backup.

    He was a good team guy and did not make a show this year. But how can he when Fitz played so well?

    In future years he will be a distraction.

    He is not worth the headache.

    Jury is out on if he can be successful somewhere else, but his attitude has to dramatically change for that to happen.

  13. Best thing for Geno would be to see if he can latch on with the Cowboys, Chargers, or Cardinals as a backup. A team with a successful veteran QB who he can learn from and step in if they’re injured.

    I do think Geno needs to work on his QB play a lot but I think he could be a viable back-up. Just not in NY. Needs to start fresh with low expectations.

  14. This is how GMs get fired. (see below)

    By all means give Geno a fair chance to compete. But to extend him? Hell no.

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    bobnyjets says:
    Jan 5, 2016 9:19 AM
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    Right now the Jets have him fairly cheap. If I was the GM I’d sign Fitz to s cap friendly incentive lafen deal in the 8-10 million range, draft QB prospect 1st or 2nd round and see how it all plays out.

  15. Hey Geno, put the word out that you think you can start somewhere, you may hear from the CFL or the Arena league, but one thing you can make book on is you’ll never be a starter in the NFL, Ray Charles can see that in his present state.

  16. Send him to the Rams, they don’t care.

    Fisher still doesn’t know there is a position on the offensive side of the ball known as quarterback.

    And Geno will love L.A.

  17. Watch the Browns trade for him…Haslam will offer this years’ and next years’ first and second for him. But seriously, you look at Geno, and see the wheel is spinning but the hamster died a long time ago.

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