Geno Smith camp shares details on decision to fire agents


New Jets quarterback Geno Smith didn’t have much to say about his decision to change agents only days after the draft.  Someone close to Smith has since said plenty more.

Barry Petchesky of Deadspin has spoken to a person in the Smith camp, who has shared some details regarding the decision to ditch Select Sports Group.  The source says that the agents “absolutely” told Smith he’d be the first overall pick in the draft, but that the promise came at the outset of the process — surely before the first-pick-possessing Chiefs traded a high second-round pick and a 2014 selection for quarterback Alex Smith.

The bigger issue, per the source, is that Smith believes the agency “handled” him like a “potential high pick,” failing to do things that could have pushed his stock higher.

One sticking point seems to be the decision to keep Smith out of the Senior Bowl.  Of course, it’s possible that Smith could have hurt himself — literally and figuratively — by spending the week in Mobile against top competition and under the eye of constant coaching and scouting.  Then there’s the reality that fellow former West Virginia quarterback Pat White was the MVP of the 2009 Senior Bowl, went five spots later than Smith, and ended up out of the league after only one season.

Smith also was “disappointed” that the agents didn’t do more to combat the negative scouting report from Pro Football Weekly.  Likewise, Smith felt “betrayed” that other clients of the firm signed with the Bills (Kevin Kolb) and the Chiefs (Chase Daniel), which while likely off the mark in this specific case means that Smith is one of the rare athletes who is actually troubled by the rampant conflicts of interest inherent to the agent business.

“He just felt like he needed a change, and that’s the end of the story,” the source ultimately told Petchesky.  Still, the problem is the timing.  Coming in the immediate wake of the draft, it appears to the casual, neutral observer that Smith was simply reacting to the fact that he fell from round one to pick No. 39, blaming someone other than himself for the slide.

And now that Smith must wait five days to sign a new agent, there’s no one to currently combat Jason Cole’s report that Smith displayed a bad attitude in pre-draft meetings.

95 responses to “Geno Smith camp shares details on decision to fire agents

  1. His agents failed to manage his expectations. Geno Smith is going to have a shot at a starting job. If he is any good at all, he will beat out Mark Sanchez.

    He went just about where he should have. He has good upside, but is not a top of the draft talent.

  2. Welcome to pro sports, Geno Smith. It appears that everybody but you knew that you were a mid-first round pick at best and could slide. But, you still have one thing going. Performance is the great equalizer in the court of public opinion. Only you can change that.

  3. A majority of rookie QB’s dont work out. This is off to a great start… Hopefully the Jets get hit to shut up and put his money where his mouth is and play football. The last thing the Jets need is another QB that draws too much attention from the media like Tebow

  4. Smith needs to not have a “camp”. He needs one or two quality advisers only. Too many athletes are stupid people surrounded by hordes of stupid people living off their success.

    He also needs to shut his mouth and let his play do the talking–not that we can have any confidence in the Jets picking the best-performing of their QBs (whoever that may be) to be the starter.

  5. Wow I like Geno so all this recent stuff is pretty disappointing to me. Still, at least Smith himself hasn’t said anything negative about his last agents. Time will tell if this whole “his camp” thing is people (likely friends or family) acting of their own volition or passive aggressive posturing (Smith not wanting to look like the bad guy so convenient and anonymous leaks happen). At this point, I still think that maybe Smith is just an introvert, which granted is not a good thing for a QB, but not a crime either.

  6. Has he thought that maybe he is not that good and the agent knew it and thats why he didnt want him playing in the senior bowl? sounds like he is full of himself.

  7. Wow ok we’re screwed, if Sanchez wins this competition it will only be a matter of time before the anonymous sources start bitching and moaning about Smith not being the starter, I’m officially rooting for Sanchez now.

  8. What a diva. This story make Geno Smith look even worse, if that’s possible. Skipping the Senior Bowl makes it look as if he’s afraid of competition. All those teams who passed on him made the right decision. Of course the ONE team that is the biggest laughingstock in the league takes him. Get yer popcorn ready!

  9. Geno needs to learn that a man takes responsibility for his actions and does not blame others.
    If he wants to blame someone for being a 2nd rounder–look in the mirror. Maybe if he had worked harder, had less of an entitlement mentality, had worked harder and won more games last season, had studied the game and had a better attitude during the interviews, had played his butt off in the Senior Bowl and had done awesome in the Combine then he would have been the #1 pick.

    Instead boohoo it’s the Agents and PR people’s fault—he’s a loser and I feel sorry for the Jets.

  10. These insights from the Geno Smith camp do nothing to help paint him on a more favorable light. Who helped Smith pick his agents? Who was responsible for researching the existing client roster for potential conflicts or possible conflicts of interest? Where was Smith’s family, his coaches or advisors in the decision making process? Why not switch agents when those other QBs changed teams well before the draft if a conflict was perceived? Are the agents supposed to help him mature, grow thicker skin and leadership skills? Geno Smith’s response is much akin to switching mirrors because you don’t like the looks of the face reflecting back.

  11. And when Smith starts, he will suck as bad. Its lose-lose for Jets fans, and win-win as the Football Follies continue to be broadcast from the Meadowlands.

  12. “Still, the problem is the timing. Coming in the immediate wake of the draft, it appears to the casual, neutral observer that Smith was simply reacting to the fact that he fell from round one to pick No. 39, blaming someone other than himself for the slide.”

    Isn’t that what his camp insider just confirmed in this quote…??

    —The bigger issue, per the source, is that Smith believes the agency “handled” him like a “potential high pick,” failing to do things that could have pushed his stock higher.

  13. I don’t know who will end up being a better pro but after hearing E.J. speak and hearing Geno speak, just the attitude that both guys have, I can see why E.J. was drafted before Geno. E.J. appears, at least to me, to have much greater intangibles than Geno. And obviously, at least one team, Buffalo, felt the same way.

  14. This is the problem with Geno Smith. He is not a leader. Does he elavate his team’s play like Luck and RGIII didthe year before? No his WVU limped in a bowl at 7-5 and got smashed by Syracuse. This was with a 1st rd receiver in Tavon Austin. The best QB this year was Jonny Manziel, a redshirt freshman. He did and exceeded expectations. Geno Smith, you and your team played below expectations. You are lucky to be even drafted in the 2nd round.

  15. Emotionally I don’t think this guy will be able to handle NY media pressure

  16. Its the agents fault he was out of the Senior Bowl? Because he would have been jailed if he went? As for the Pro Football review, if he had other glowing reviews it wouldn’t have mattered. Agents help you get somewhere, its the player that is responsible for getting himself there though.

  17. Sounds like the guy had crappy agents. Smart move to distance yourself from bad agents as soon as you can. He made a move for his career to get rid of agents he didn’t trust…once again, the big deal?

    Josh Gordon fired his agent a few weeks ago btw…but he plays for cleveland so nobody cares. Smh…

  18. Big deal he fired his agent! I guarantee it was their idea to not allow him to play in the Senior Bowl which would have helped his draft stock that was terrible advice. If an agent gives you terrible advice that cost you money he would be a fool not to fire his agent. This is much ado about nothing. Players fire their agents all the time but since the media enjoys tearing people down and it goes with the way they want to portray Smith because it sells! I think the whole thing is despicable! If you feel that somebody that works FOR YOU is not doing a good job then they deserve to be fired.

  19. And now that Smith must wait five days to sign a new agent, there’s no one to currently combat Jason Cole’s report that Smith displayed a bad attitude in pre-draft meetings.-
    Considering it was probably his agents that leaked the details of those meetings, he probably wouldn’t need them to defend him anyway

  20. Can’t wait for September to see how this plays out.
    I’m sure the NY media will be all over this guy between now and then.

  21. “Geno Smith’s Camp”? Don’t you mean posse? I’m sure he has a bunch of high profile business people “advising him”

  22. I’m going to have to agree with the overwhelming majority here and say that Geno sounds like a whiny little five year old who had his favorite toy taken away. He’s doing nothing nor or members of his camp by continuing to speak. Just stop you fell because of your perceived bad attitude which he and his camp are now justifying with continuous reports of diva-dom. If he is this sensitive now he’s in for a rough ride as the media in New York is not forgiving even if you win a Super Bowl they come after you ala Tom coughlin.

  23. Geno, show me ONE mock draft that had you going number one? From your postering in the draft room, to you saying you weren’t going to show up day two to now this, you are one serious cry baby. Grow a pair and act like a man because you have no idea what you just got yourself into being drafted by the jets.

  24. This guy is going to fit in perfectly on the Jets. A whole lot of whiny sound and mock fury signifying absolutely nothing.

  25. blaming someone other than himself….

    Typical black athlete, doesn’t get what he wants or thinks he deserves then puts the blame on someone else. Suprised he isn’t claiming racsism!!! What else is new!?!?!

  26. If Geno Smith was naive enough to believe he would be the 1st overall pick in the draft…

    Than I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’d like to sell to him.

  27. “Smith felt “betrayed” that other clients of the firm signed with the Bills (Kevin Kolb) and the Chiefs (Chase Daniel)”

    If the Firm did not place their other clients they would not be doing their job for them. Geno was not the only QB this firm had, and if he was with another agent, it would have made no difference.

    As a Jets fan, Geno is making Mark look better every day.

  28. Who cares that he fired his agent…
    I bet people that didn’t like what Eli Manning did (which was way worse than what Geno Smith did) but I would almost bet thoughs same people praise Eli Manning now well all expect Chargers fans I’m sure there still angry.

  29. He reminds me of a lot of guys I’ve worked with in the past. They always thought they deserved better and they thought didn’t have to do the work that everybody else did.

    Always worried about chasing tail and excessively cheap when it comes to paying up for take out but at the same time very foolish with their money when it came to stupid stuff like rims.

  30. The Geno Smith Company has a right to hire and fire whoever they please. As a walking corporation, he is in charge of what is in the best interest of himself and the brand he is personally building. Getting the best agents and PR team is paramount, in an industry that uses up the best, for as long as they possibly can. Do what is best for you Geno, and hire smart people around you, that can motivate and challenge your pitfalls. You will be ok then.

  31. Sounds like a kid throwing a tiff cause nobody showed up to his lame super sweet 16 party. He has delusions of grandeur. He played at pass happy West Virginia. It’s just like the old Texas tech. He wasn’t worth the #1 pick.

  32. Looks like they bought a new act to the circus that is the Jets. Geno Smith is the 2013 version of Vince Young.

  33. This young man is resembling an “excuse machine.” It is evident that he also resembles someone who has no REAL perspective regarding the way he presents himself to the public. I believe all the above information, though designed to help his public perception, actually feeds the beast that is relentlessly thumping him. Everything disclosed is either boring, and or whiny in nature. Though at this point, it may be a bit of an overstatement, he is beginning to remind me of a certain all-time bust by the name of Leaf.

  34. I can understand not wanting a rep who is handling your primary draft competition, but if he doesn’t want an agent who reps any other QBs, then he doesn’t want a rep who is familiar with current QB contract terms and negotiating points. And he should have included such a requirement in his original agent engagement agreement.

  35. EJ Manuel helped himself by playing well in the senior bowl. It paid off as he was picked in the first round. And I think Smith would have benefited from playing in it too.

    What’s disturbing is that it sounds like Smith put it all on other people to get him picked first when he should have been focusing on what he could do to increase his stock.

    Like preparing for interviews and performing well in them. All indications are they were a disaster.

  36. Vince Young 2.0 without the BCS trophy. His agent spent alot of money on this guy and now he isnt getting a dime. What a stand up guy you are Geno. Never thought I would say this but…….good luck Mr. Sanchez.

  37. For his sake he does not start right away. He can’t lean on a true play maker and it will be very difficult for chemistry with the jets offense which I rate worst in the league and he won’t get much help either if he starts.

  38. He’s sure is awfully uppity for an athlete who’s had an average college career at best…

  39. This is ridicules. Your agent isn’t responsible for hyping you to be a higher pick. Teams weren’t born yesterday. You are what you are and in this case you are an idiot. Mat Barkley on the other hand unjustly went 4th and he is looking forward not backward. Haven’t heard anything from him except he can’t wait to get to camp and go to work.

  40. I can see an Agent selling his own mother to get a prospect to sign…those guys/firms aren’t exactly angels.

  41. Funny I just read that several of his friends ragged on him about his agents costing him a top ten pick and he should fire them. He listened and did what they said.
    Signs of an immature person not able to except responsibility for his actions.
    I can see him blaiming his receivers for dropping passes, not O line blocking, poor coaching and such when he fails to get it done but there is nothing wrong with him.
    I don’t feel sorry for the Jets. After the Tebow fiasco they obviously learned nothing.

  42. If he doesn’t start right away, you will hear the cry of racism, unfairness and mis understanding of his abilities. Hell, he may even walk out as being ‘disrespected’.

  43. You know darn well his agents told him that if he didn’t go in the top ten the rest of the teams didn’t have a need for QB and that it could go to the second round. What is it that he didn’t understand.

  44. It really wouldn’t surprise me if the source from “Geno’s camp” is none other then “camp” members of is former representatives! They to me sound like the bitter ex girlfriend who can’t stop talking! Geno Smith is not a guy with tons of off the field issues and because of that the next best thing to attack is his character! The media and anybody else who continues to attack him in this way without even knowing him is asinine! But at the end of the day Geno Smith is the one who has to work extra hard to silence his critics!!

  45. This guy is a clown, he’s a big baby that expects the starter position to be handed to him..what happened to tough and quiet wonder the jets drafted him, it’s a perfect fit..guess they thought he could be the ring leader for this circus

  46. My goodness I’m so sick and tired of hearing about the Jets and there list of terrible Qbs I’m mean they are possibly the worst team in the nfl. And Woody loves loves loves this all he cares about Headlines.I thank the lord every day I was born a Giants fan.

  47. You know this malcontent was telling all his friends, “I’m gonna be the number one pick in the draft. I mean, who’s better than me?” You could see the humiliation all over his face every time someone got picked.

    He’ll be out of the league in five years.

  48. Another issue I have with Smith is his proclamation the Jets will make the playoffs this coming season! Others see that? Obviously he is saying he will lead them to the promised land. Seriously even if Smith pans out does anyone believe the JETS a team in transition will make the playoffs in 2013? I don’t believe Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin made such a declaration and they are both leaps and bounds better than Smith. The guy comes off like a legend in his own mind. He reminds me of Jamie Fox character in that Oliver Stone film Any Given Sunday.

  49. People be for real. We judged this young man based on other people assessment. Leave hi alone, at least til he gets to play. We should judge by what is, not what others say is.

  50. Pdidit09 people are too ignorant and easily manipulated by what they read! There is only one fit to judge and its sad as i say for this young man to have his character judged by complete strangers!

  51. “negative scouting report from Pro Football Weekly”
    Guess he didn’t know this site is the Jerry Springer of football news.

  52. If the real #1 pick can be at the Senior Bowl, then certainly the presumptive #1 pick can go.

    Let this be a lesson to future prospects about skipping free opportunities to impress scouts, coaches, and front office people.

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