For the second year in a row, Jets quarterback Geno Smith was ranked dead last among regular starters in ESPN’s quarterback tier series. And if Smith expects to keep his starting job against veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, he has to be on his game.
The Jets’ quarterback elaborated on his answer.
The quarterback said he worked hard in the offseason and that he is hoping to remedy the hiccups that have plagued him through his first two campaigns in the league.
“It was hilarious a year ago too”. “It doesn’t matter at this point”. Coach Todd Bowles is calling it a quarterback competition between Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick (even though he acknowledges Smith will get the majority of the first-team reps), but the sense around the team is that Smith is The Guy. That’s why I hate to talk about individual stuff because it’s a team game.
And, according to him, he will be. Still, he said, “I’m not taking anything for granted”. I’m definitely a different guy.
He added that he is “ready to take on whatever there is for me, being accountable, being a leader”. He and several of the team’s skill players, including Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, got together with Smith to work out during the offseason to bond and get a better feel for the offense – and each other. You know, the one Joe Namath famously delivered on in 1969 – still the Jets’ only championship. I think I have a better understanding of what’s expected.
On Tuesday, Marshall said that he “was just kidding around” with those tweets, though he acknowledged the aroma of pot smoke was prominent on the island.