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Geno Smith surprises with offseason routine

Geno Smith spent his offseason like many football players do, preparing to come back better than before for the next one. Only Smith took it a step further, much to the surprise of his coaching staff, studying film to learn more about the people calling the plays against him (Daily News, August 14).

He began the study shortly after his lackluster rookie season ended, unbeknownst to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, quarterbacks coach David Lee or Rex Ryan.

“That’s smart as hell though,” Ryan said of Smith’s offseason tactics. “I never even knew about it.”

“He wants to be great,” Ryan said. “He just doesn’t want to be a guy that gets through. God touched the kid. He’s got so much ability. He can throw, he can run, he can do all that. But it’s that work ethic. As a quarterback, you almost have to be a gym rat. And he’s done it.”

For Smith, the extra work was just as enjoyable as it was helpful.

“I like watching film anyway,” Smith told The News. “It was one of those things where I didn’t have anything to do anyway, so I just wanted to kind of get ahead of stuff.”

He spent about three hours on each team, focusing on third downs, blitz packages and red-zone plays.

“On third-and-long, early in the game, does he like to blitz?” Smith said. “Does he like to lay off it? How does he do two-minute situations? So, I kind of got a feel for the game.”

Though Smith’s work is hardly over yet as he said he hasn’t completely finished the study yet – not until he’s actually faced the teams himself.

“I got to watch a lot of film based on what they do this year,” said Smith. “Yeah, I got those notes, but they’re useless at this point. But once you get a chance to play those teams in the regular season, I can go back to it and look at some of those tendencies I had written down.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It is a great look at a quarterback who a year ago was slammed by some scathing reports — most notably by Nolan Nowrocki leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.  It also aligns with Connor Orr’s piece last year shortly after Geno’s arrival.

Geno has been soaking the NFL game in for more than a year and has demonstrated not only a willingness to learn, but an aptitude.

While the focus right now is on the secondary, Geno’s ascension as a second year player could do a lot to quiet the concerns of many in New York.





54 comments
Daniel Diffin
Daniel Diffin

Geno's development is, without doubt, the most important single factor that will decide the team's success this season. There are other matters that are very important--cornerback, especially--but if Geno can build on his late-season success from last year and actually become an upper-tier QB, then the team has a real shot at becoming something special. His work ethic and natural ability are very impressive--I'm rooting for him all the way.

harold
harold

I see some people on here view themselves a mathematicians. Geno watched 39 hours of film they say that is nothing. He watched the film and took notes. How much or how long he studied and then went out and practiced those things is exponentially more.

39 hours okay...

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Geno is a real stand up guy.  He held his head high under the bright lights and pressure of Gotham.  His worst character moment was at the draft.  As a Jet he has been a real "mensch".

marcus81
marcus81

Sanchez spent his time doing camera shoots and dating hot chicks which I don't blame him about the hot chicks, but never really heard about him putting extra work till he was almost out the door

williamg1
williamg1

May 2013:


"[Geno's] biggest problem is that he doesn't know what he doesn't know," said a league executive, who spent extensive time assessing Smith before the draft. "I'm not sure he knows how to take instruction because he pretty much wouldn't listen or talk to our coaches … he's talented. He can sling it, he can fit it into tight spots, he can do a lot of things and I think he wants to be good. But you can't tell him anything right now. He's tuned out because he thinks he's got it all down."


http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--geno-smith-s-firing-of-agents--pre-draft-actions-shed-light-on-why-qb-dropped-183846651.html


So, yeah.......

jaym
jaym

@nyjets

Rookie WR Jalen Saunders was involved in a single-car accident this morning on the way to the Jets practice facility...Saunders was taken to the hospital & is being monitored as a precaution. He won't travel to CIN and is out for Saturday's game.

Bytor
Bytor

Boy oh boy I just wish we drafted that gym rat, film junkie that Cleveland stole this year. Why can't we have such dedicated football QB? All that sumbich #7 does is covort all over creation partying and carrying on. What a clown franchise we root for!  

BRO RALPH
BRO RALPH

Is Geno a heck of a smart guy?  Absolutely. God has touched this man. Can he be better?  Definitely, no question.  Does Rex ask a heck of a lot of rhetorical questions, only to answer them with insanely definitive responses? There's no doubt.  

juunit
juunit

Is this really abnormal? I would've thought it's par for the course.

nickballs
nickballs

@williamg1 so this post disputes that? which is right?    honestly i dont even care...just win games..i could care less if hes an A$$ or not...JUST WIN 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jaym


The Jets bad luck at WR and CB continues....


too bad...wanted to see him play and now this...sucks...hope it's just a minor thing



nickballs
nickballs

@UncleJoesJetFarm awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww how cute....joey coming to the rescue.......nothing better than joeygirl having to rub your sac

bradysucks
bradysucks

@UncleJoesJetFarm


Anybody who doesn't pucker up 24/7 gets beat up on.....Comes with the territory.....


57 is many things but he's not a phoney and he's not a "yes man.".....He's also not a kiss arse....


and 57....you thought I'd never sing your praises....

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Ha...I knew there'd be a comment here from 57 criticizing Geno on a post about Geno doing voluntary study. You're so predictable.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit I think it was more that he did it on his own and showed the initiative that the team is happy about. 

harold
harold

@a57se @harold 


Which I understand, but to act as though studying 39 hours means he only put forth 39 hours toward preparing for these opponents is lazy.


We criticize lazy writers.  I consider this lazy fandom.


He took notes and obviously he has used this in preparing for the upcoming season and will continue to use this information to ensure he prepares for these specific things once the season begins.

marcus81
marcus81

@UncleJoesJetFarm @marcus81  that was other professional people that said that, he might have been first in and last out during training but Sanchez was not known as spending the off season preparing except till the end

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

It's definitely a positive thing. It just kinda feels like we're congratulating a grown man for peeing in a toilet instead of in his own pants. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@a57se 

@ bradysucks @UncleJoesJetFarm 

NOW you guys are pissing me OFF!!!

I thought I was the ONLY guy here to be INSULTED daily by MOSTLY everyone !! 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@UncleJoesJetFarm @bradysucks


amen...



(to your deleted comment)


which said,,,,,


"Some people will never like me and I will never give a F"


(picture of Deniro above the caption)


Bytor
Bytor

@a57se @Disgruntled Jets Fan 57, you know this is passive aggressive bewl sht. We all know the facts from the original post. We can read. You may as well tell us how many minutes or seconds that equates to.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit Hahaha, what an analogy. 


And I hope it doesn't come off as "congratulating" Geno, because they shouldn't be doing that. I hope it's more like "oh, good job kid, now keep it up for the rest of the season." 


Showing the initiative in whatever downtime he's given is what I'm focusing on. 

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

It's also probably a good thing that he said he wasn't doing anything anyway. Better he's sitting on a couch playing Madden on a Friday night instead of out doing stupid things. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@UncleJoesJetFarm @bradysucks


In the past 2 days I've been called a lousy person on this blog, insane, mean spirited, and unhappy....


You and I both know that the people who do nothing but praise the Jets 100% of the time are NONE of these things.......oh wait


lol

bradysucks
bradysucks

@UncleJoesJetFarm


Speech police strike again....


all of these wholesome Jets fans probably never heard that word.......oh wait

Bytor
Bytor

@a57se @Bytor @Disgruntled Jets Fan

"3 hours on each of the teams we play this season?" - by inserting the question mark it now becomes your opinion of something open to our interpretation. To me it sounds like you're marginalizing his initiative.


"That comes out to 39 hours..." - restatement of fact. Thanks for the math.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit He has the mental makeup that you want. I really hope he makes it, he's perfect for NY and the media and all that. 

roadyhorns
roadyhorns

@bradysucks 

I wish those two guys who beat up Fireman Ed in the bathroom were here.  They'd fix your little wagons.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Throw a penny in a wishing well Susan

(Sarcasm)

Zartan
Zartan

Can I ask the intent?

Bytor
Bytor

@a57se @Bytor @Disgruntled Jets Fan Considering the intelligent conversations most people have here, I think it's a good bet we have the capacity to do simple math. We may not remember diffy q's but we got addition.

You trash Geno all the time. So when you post something like the above, how should we take it, "Oh gee, there's 57 with another helpful fact. It's a good thing because I don't have my f'in calculator handy."

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit I've seen our starting QB's wiener on the internet, not sure how I feel about that. 

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

Yeah, welcome to the age of technology. That won't be the last unsure-wiener you'll see on the internet. 

jaym
jaym

@a57se When do you work you are on this site 18 hours a day?

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

I agree but It does get a little more complex than that....most of the problems come from conflicting reports/comments from the same Jets sources...we'll discuss manana !!  

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

Sneaky, sneaky !! You should.ve been a politician or at least the HC of the Jets !!

LESS OBFUSCATING MORE EXPLICATING !!

The short answer, I feel, miss the playoffs and he MUST be fired...no arrows please, unless he decides to turn around and walk back...then he should catch a few !!!

He must win no less than 10, or eleven games in which case I don't see him missing the playoffs.....anything else is a failure !!

TWO GM's, SIX DRAFTS and SIX FA's ...ENOUGH BS  WHERE IS THE GENIUS !!!

Bytor
Bytor

@a57se Try being clear. It's easier that way. If it can be misinterpreted, it will be. I think you know this but don't care. Whatevs.

jaym
jaym

@a57se 

LMAO You are posting non stop, not to tough to figure out