The night of the NFL Draft, Geno Smith made a 2013 playoff prediction for the Jets. After a few weeks in New Jersey with the team, does he still believe it?
"Yeah, I honestly do," Smith said, per Dan Hanzus of NFL.com at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles late last week. "And I think all 32 teams in the league have the same goal. And I don't think that's a negative thing, I think it's all positive. I think we're working toward that. I'm not making any promises. There's a lot of work to be done, but I think every team should go in with the mindset of winning the Super Bowl."
Hanzus went on to write that :
[sny-box]The Geno Smith we saw Thursday at an NFLPA Rookie Premiere event was fully engaged. There was no cellphone in sight. He played with children at Sunrise Elementary School and looked comfortable as he spoke with the media.
Could it be an act put up by a rookie who knows his every move is being scrutinized? Maybe. But this Smith was the same guy we interviewed the day before the draft in New York. He seems genuine.[/sny-box]
According to ESPN NY, Smith realizes he needs to be cautious about his predictions and with the media in New York, knowing the team he plays for is somewhat known by them. "I've already gotten in trouble for saying some things about playoffs and things, which I don't regret," the rookie quarterback said Sunday on SiriusXM Radio at the Rookie Premiere event. "I don't think I'll go as far as being as bold as Joe [Namath] was."
When asked about the microscope he's been under through the Draft process and since getting drafted by New York, Smith told reporters that he was surprised by the attention he's received.
"I don't think I'm a bad guy, I don't think I'm some of the things they try to make me out to be," Smith said of the recent articles about him on Yahoo! Sports and elsewhere. "It's a part of the media. The one thing that I understand is you can't take it personally. Those guys have jobs and the key to their jobs is to sell papers and to keep the fans looking. So they're going to spin things and try to make an interesting story out of something that may not be so interesting."
Smith was asked about how the Jets quarterback competition changed in the last week, and Smith shared his concerns for his teammate and his well wishes.
"Oh man ... I got off the plane, I heard about it, I called [quarterbacks] coach David Lee, I texted David [Garrard]. I just wished him well," said Smith. "I know how those things are ... I understand that he wanted to be part of the team, but his body was breaking down on him, and he made the decision that was best for himself, and I wish him well."
Smith is exceptionally bright. He might not be the classic overly extroverted quarterback, but that doesn't make him a bad guy or a bad quarterback. Everything we've researched about him is that he can be quiet, that he's happy to spend his time relaxing and that he's kept out of overt trouble while he was in college.
The Jets need a quarterback who can stand in the pocket confidently, put trust in his receivers and then deliver the ball to the open player ... that's all they need. They don't need someone who can throw three picks as easily as they can burn up three graphs on Page Six.
Is that an over-simplification of the role? Absolutely, but in the end Rex Ryan is going to field a solid to good defense and the offense needs to be able to utilize the talents of the players they do have and do so in the most judicious manner. While there's a lot of uncertainty in what the Jets will field this year, there's also a lot of promise. If a quarterback can hit the open receiver and get out of the way of the running game, then they've got a chance to be competitive this season.