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Joe Namath not impressed by Geno Smith

Joe Namath is not much of a Geno Smith fan.

Speaking with WFAN, Namath had this to say about Smith:

“I can’t evaluate Geno other than what I’ve heard from his coaches. I don’t see anything outstanding about him. He’s not an outstanding passer. He’s not an outstanding runner. He’s good, but nothing jumps out at me with intangibles that I’m not aware of because I’m not there on an everyday (basis).”

And:

“I haven’t seen anything really extra special from Geno, and that’s not to be negative at all. The guy performed really darn well on a professional level against guys that were so much better than he’s ever played against. The upside of Geno is going to be strong. The upside is grasping his offense versus the defenses he sees.”

Also:

“Just looking at him physically, what’s outstanding about his running ability What’s outstanding about his passing ability? Nothing to me is outstanding about it, but it’s pretty good.”

Namath has been very vocal on the Jets’ quarterback situation, and recently said he sees promise in Geno’s talent.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

When taken as short soundbites, we get why there will likely be hoopla over the next few days about the often outspoken Namath’s comments.  But in the larger context it seems like this is more about Namath not wanting to to gush about Geno and using some unvarnished words.  In contrast, Phil Simms has been quite complementary (TJB, June 27) of Smith, but then again Simms is a network broadcaster and has been much more politic over his career.

Geno had a tough rookie season, but we do think that there was a spark during the season that seemed to finally ignite down the stretch.  There are some things that we’ve learned Geno can do well.  First, he was a very effective deep ball passer.  Geno was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league when he put the ball downfield … and consider that he did that with a much less talented receiver corps in 2013 than he will have in 2014.  Second, Geno demonstrated an ability to use his feet to pick up yards when the play breaks down to keep the drive alive — although it did take him much of the season to learn the timing of when to run and when to stay behind the line.

There’s plenty more that Geno needs to work on, but it isn’t as if we’ve seen nothing from him all along.




192 comments
jaygo
jaygo

Namath at this time in history is a joke, and an embarrassment to to all things Jets.  The media, including TJB, use him as a tool to perpetuate manufactured controversy.  Debating anything he says makes fools out of the debaters.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

We would all love for Geno to show us something 'special' and have qualities which 'jump out'.  However, that has not been the case yet.  In our hearts, after the first year, we know Smith does not have what it takes to be top echelon. 

xplr
xplr

With all due respect, does anyone really care what Namath thinks? He wasn't a great QB. He had a lifetime QB rating of around 65. He embarrased himself on TV when he was drunk. He loved Sanchez.


Maybe he should go back to rehab and just STFU.

marcus81
marcus81

I respect Joe because he tells it like it is, but he was a staunch supporter of Sanchez, so he could be wrong about Geno, not saying Geno is Montana, but Montana was not that outstanding except for his presence of mind playing the game and scrambling when he had to.

Tugboat25
Tugboat25

I actually don't disagree with Joe. 


He didn't slam Geno.


I think for now, I think Joe is pretty accurate. He didn't say Geno wasn't any good or won't get better. He's just saying Geno need to show more. So far, he hasn't been outstanding and that's just true.


Let's hope this season will be full of positive advancement for Geno and the whole team.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

As a Jets fan during the Namath era, I loved being a Jets fan. But.................Namath talks too much these recent years.

I don't hear from Snell or Boozer.  How about Gerry Philbin?   Don Maynard?  

His opinions only tend to divide and distract.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

Oh yea, well what' so outstanding about you Willie other then your big fur coat and unrelenting attempt to remain relevant? You had a quick release, was pretty accurate, you dropped back to pass like a ballerina but nothing outstanding there, you were an average QB on an o.k team that just got by the Colts in Superbowl 3. 

kniff
kniff

Good ole' Joe is just just hedging his bet, and gets a free lifetime pass to talk diplomatically (or talk smack) so it doesn't matter to me lol!! ... we all want to see Geno blow minds, and steer us into the post season, and thankfully he has more experience and weapons at his disposal than he did last year. The good news is August is just around the corner, so the hypothetical blues we've been feelin' on here are soon to be over!

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

I think his running was very close to outstanding. For a pocket passer it could be argued that it's among the best ever.

His composer, and resiliency are also, I think, outstanding. 

If he continues to develop, then just his mixture of very good skills would together be outstanding as well.

What I mean is that his legs make his arm seem better, and vice versa.  


SackDance99
SackDance99

You would think that Joe Willie would have some sympathy for a rookie QB's plight.  It wasn't like Geno had Maynard and Sauer out there.  Plus, maybe Joe forgot he was 1-3 in his last 4 rookie starts with 6 TDs to 9 INTs and barely 50% completions (okay numbers for his day, but 1-3 was what mattered).  The most impressive thing about Geno's rookie season was that he finished strong, playing confidently and cutting down his turnovers.  Joe went on to be one of the great gun-slinging QBs of all time.  He led the NFL in INTs 4 times, but in TDs only once in his 13-year career.

Joe's a legend and his arm strength and release are right up there with Marino and Fouts as the best ever.  But, Joe had to learn how to win in the NFL.  Geno has to learn to  minimize his mistakes and realize that with the Jets defense, erring on the side of caution is always better than taking an unnecessary risk.  This team doesn't need a Joe Namath to win; it needs a Bob Griese and nobody would ever say that Griese had near the passing ability of any of the top 50 QBs of all-time.  But, with a superb running game and defense, all Griese had to do was not make mistakes.  High percentage passing and a 2-1 TD-INT ratio.  That's all Geno has to do.

BDarc23
BDarc23

Geno will throw 45 tds this year. Book it.

Brendan
Brendan

Wow, if anyone is watching Argentina/Switzerland, just....wow. 

levi
levi

Anybody hear how Bridgewater is looking?

flushed
flushed

The real content that stands out of this is that Namath likes the word outstanding.

Richard Massamillano
Richard Massamillano

@ifti99 Namath was league MVP 2 years in a row-1st QB to throw for 4000k--the next QB to do that was 10 yrs later with 2 more games to play--IF you seen Namath play back mid late 1960's you would know no other QB had his talent to throw the football--Vince Lombardi called Namath "The Prefect Passer" Bill Walsh called Namath "the most beautiful, accurate, stylish passer I’ve ever seen." . BUT what do they KNOW?--YOU on the other hand watch ESPN and you listen to JIM ROME - and you read a lot of bloggers who play fantasy football just like u !!  LOL .I cant take this know nothing Kardashian generation --Joe in entitled to his option he's earned it!!. Geno Smith will have a great year this yr with a lot more talent to work with and Joe will be one of his biggest fans.

Kirk Michael
Kirk Michael

@ifti99 i can careless n just like to disagree with him because most of the time I think hes wrong or out of line.

a57se
a57se

@Lloyd Jay Reife 

That's because the reporters aren't going to Snell or Boozer or Philbin and asking them their opinions about Jets QB's....

we do hear plenty from Curtis Martin though...

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Steven Windeler Yep, he the best runner ever for a pocket passer. EVER

Pete 57
Pete 57

I assume that's a joke.

Kirk Michael
Kirk Michael

@Brendan I forgot to say i also call you kid because not knowing anything about you I would think you were 18-25 considering how your always bickering with people. 

Im tired of you bringing soccer coverage news to this blog. Shut up. Either create your own soccer blog or let people catxh it on espn. You've been doing this for 3weeks. Shut up.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi From what I've read he's looking good up there. Norv has been complimentary and reports are that Teddy has looked strong when practicing with the 1's. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@flushed

I'm excited about how much he likes the word outstanding.


Sincerely, 

Tim Tebow

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@bob 

Manziel is going to get killed when he brings his party on the field.  I doubt he ever sees any real playing time, though.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

@Kirk Michael @Lloyd Jay Reife Hey Kirk:  NFL is entertainment.  Comments by Namath make Jets more not less entertaining.  If you were in charge would you impose a Gag Order, or impose a script of only certain boring responses:


Here's one Namath could have made:  "I see a lot to like in Geno's first year.  He now has a foundation on which to build and a stable of players to help."


Mama Mia!

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@a57se


It's not that Namath is purposely being harmful, besides having a right to express his opinion, but to what benefit would it be to publicly create a stir?  He should have gone right to Rex and opined.

On the other hand, to me, one of the better minds in football is Phil Simms.  He said after the draft this spring, Geno is better than any  quarterback  drafted.

I guess we'll just have to play the games.

levi
levi

@Brendan I cant believe he fell that far. Im gonna follow him and be upset if we should have taken him.

levi
levi

@Ceifus Hornswoggle  Remember how mad everyone got at Sanchez for eating a hotdog on the sidelines? How bad will it be when Manziel is blowing lines and eating a hooker?

Brendan
Brendan

@levi Well, if Geno continues to get better the point is moot, but I hear ya. A nice, long productive career from a certain dreadlocked safety would also make that seem better. 

juunit
juunit

@levi @Ceifus Hornswoggle 

I was gonna say he'll get away with it because it's Cleveland. But I think cannibalism will probably bring in some negative press.  

levi
levi

@juunit BTW I had to scroll a long way down that blog to find an article about Teddy but it did say he is picking up the playbook fast and might be day 1 starter over Cassel.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit @levi

That is totally awesome.


Given that this happened in Florida, though, I'm going to assume that six of these people died.

levi
levi

@juunit As Cimini says "Any press is good press."

juunit
juunit

@levi @juunit 

I think we'll start getting more info on rookies during training camp. We didn't get all that much info on our own rookies so far either. Far as I know, all we really know is Pryor picked things up quick and Amaro didn't.

Kirk Michael
Kirk Michael

@juunit @levi But Amaro will be fine. He'll figure it out and he's match up nightmare. Good luck to little nickel backs,linebackers, n safeties 

levi
levi

@bob  And here I was scratching my head trying to come up with a comparison.