Geno Smith, the second-year quarterback for the New York Jets, had problems with turnovers during his rookie campaign last season, but doesn’t have any problems with confidence about his team this coming season.
Here’s what Smith told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapport about his feeling on the Jets at his football camp in Miramar, Fla. – or Morgantown South in recent years – on Sunday:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2014
Despite being a solid submission of bulletin board material for every Jets fan to reintroduce later this year, Smith’s comment isn’t as outlandish as many people have taken it since this past weekend.
Similar to what I wrote last week about Smith being named the NFL’s worst starting quarterback by a panel of ESPN Insiders, both the former West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback and the Jets as a team should be improved over the squad that went 8-8 last season. The resigning of Willie Colon, the free agent pickup of Seattle’s Brenco Giacomini and NFL Draft selection of Furman’s Dakota Dozier will help bring more protection for Smith after being knocked around and sacked 43 times by opposing defenses.
Offensive line protection for Smith will give him more time to throw the ball to new receivers like Erik Decker and Jacoby Ford that were picked up in free agency, plus rookie pass catchers Jace Amaro and Jalen Saunders from Texas Tech and Oklahoma, respectively.
If sacks remain a problem for the Jets this season, Smith can hand the ball off to a three-headed monster in the backfield with newest Jet Chris Johnson, Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory to help grind out some yards in the later moments of a close game this season.
The biggest point to be made from Smith’s comments is that he mentioned a Super Bowl run, not a guarantee of the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship since Joe Namath kept his promise of a championship prior to Super Bowl III. The Jets could make the playoffs for the first time in three years, and fall to the New England Patriots or Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional or championship rounds still being within the bounds of what Smith said this past weekend.
Ultimately, could Smith lead the Jets to a Super Bowl championship with the additions on offense and another year of learning under his belt this season? I echo Smith’s statement in saying why not the Jets when every NFL team is dreaming of doing the same exact thing in the second week of July.
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