Geno Smith isn’t dwelling on the past as he prepares for his second opening-day start as the Jets’ quarterback Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Raiders.
“I don’t want to talk about last year,” Smith said in a Wednesday press conference. “(I’m) focused on what we have ahead of us, which is the Oakland Raiders. We’re preparing for a tough team and we’re getting ready to go out and play a hard game.”
Smith acknowledged he is more comfortable than last season, even while brushing off last year’s experience. Last December, he threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the Jets’ 37-27 win over the Raiders at MetLife.
“Last year doesn’t matter,” he said. “This year, I’m a lot more comfortable with the guys around me. It’s a result of working hard and the preparation we’ve been putting in, the hard work that we put in the classroom and we just have got to stick at it (and) stay with it. Every guy’s trusting one another and (that’s) a good sign for our football team.”
In last year’s opener, Smith was 24-for-38 for 256 yards and a TD pass and interception in the Jets’ 18-17 win over Tampa Bay. He had a fumble that led to a Bucs’ score, but also led the drive to set up Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal — one aided by a 15-yard personal foul against Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David after Smith’s 10-yard scramble.
“I’m not really trying to talk about last year,” Smith said when asked if he had learned anything from his first opening-day experience. “We have the Oakland Raiders in Week One and that’s the only thing that’s important. I’m not really focused on anything else.”