Link: High hopes on Geno?

Why do the Jets have so much faith in Geno Smith this year?  Dom Cosentino of the Star-Ledger seeks to answer that question in an article on NJ.com.

One key element writes Cosentino was Geno’s putting together both the arm and footwork.

.. Smith began doing in December that really helped him as a passer: He started running the ball. In those final four games, Smith racked up 186 of the 366 rushing yards he would compile during a season in which he started all 16 games, and he ran it 10 times in both of the season’s final two games, both of which were Jets victories.

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Figuring out how and when to tuck it in and run—especially for a quarterback who was every bit a traditional pocket passer in college at West Virginia—was something of a eureka moment for Smith, at least according to Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee.

“In early December it started happening and [we] started seeing it in practice, him really finishing plays and starting to know where people are and really getting it when we told him we wanted to him run with the football,” Lee said. “The taking off and running part just really took hold of him and started to mesh in his brain about December and he started hurting people running the football in the last month of the season. So, I think that made him more of a threat.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It wasn’t always pretty in 2013 with Geno Smith at the helm, but in retrospect the steady hand that the Jets used with their quarterback might pay dividends this fall.  Other teams with aspiring rookie QBs struggled to keep them on the field due to injury or play, but the Jets long-term view could yield better results sooner.

Smith did use his feet some in the early games of the 2013 season, but seemed to do it far less in the middle of the season due to an over-correction on his or his coaches’ part.  Regardless, when the Jets started winning again in December, the coaches talked extensively about how Geno’s legs helped to create game-breaking moments.

While Smith is often cast as a pocket-passer from his time at West Virginia, that’s not entirely true.  College stats lump running yards in with sack yards, so the numbers are often buried.  But even beyond running a Dana Holgerson offense, Smith ran an offense prior to Holgerson’s Air Raid derivation with spread and run options, so it would seem more that he’s putting both sensibilities together in a much more competitive environment.

Last year, Smith did have to run to help the Jets win and he will continue to need to know when to take off to break down an opposing defense.  But the hope this year is that with much more ammunition on offense, the pressure will be off Smith to create as many yards with his legs due to the raised talent level.  That might only serve to make Smith more effective when he does run the ball.




14 comments
Eva Nieto- Loiacono
Eva Nieto- Loiacono

LET ME BE THE FIRST TO ANNOUNCE HIM AS ......" GENO MACHINO" ......SUPERBOWL BOUND!!!!!!!!

LIJetsFan
LIJetsFan

Geno stated that he watch the tape and saw opportunities to run that he had missed in game.  All the CF wants him to do re running is take what the defense gives him.  If the defense plays him tighter then they most likely will be playing some WR/TE/RB looser and THERE will be the opportunity.  I do not think Geno will become a running QB, he reportedly simply learned to take what the D is giving. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

I remember seeing Geno in the Red Zone run for a TD or two last season..  Add to last year  experience, confidence, better "should I or shouldn't I " pass and those legs.  Add them up to a QB to be reckoned with.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

Run it, hand it off, whatever it takes to keep Geno from throwing.  Until we see otherwise, the guy is a turnover machine.  I'd set a 15 pass limit at the start of the season.  If he can do that much without multiple interceptions, then increase the workload.  It's ridiculous to think he's going to come out as some world beater this season.  He's still a young, mistake prone, liability.  Don't give him too much leash to start the season, or we may find ourselves in an early hole.

jdb4
jdb4

Well let's hope he doesn't run too much this season.  Hopefully the only times he runs are when the defense is playing man-under 2 or when he sees a chance to convert a first down.

a57se
a57se

@Ceifus Hornswoggle 

 Run it, hand it off, whatever it takes to keep Geno from throwing.

Exactly because he is a poor pocket passer.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jdb4

Yeah, I doubt Geno becomes a true running QB in the Vick mold or anything, I think he's more emulating Russell Wilson/Aaron Rodgers/Steve Young/Donovan McNabb as a thrower who can run well enough to make defenders think about it and thus keep a passing window open a fraction longer.


He still wants to be a pocket passer (and we want him to be a pocket passer) but the team and Geno obviously saw good results from Geno learning that tucking and running on occasion keeps him out of bad down-and-distance plays, keeps the chains moving, keeps the defense honest (making him a better passer) and avoids his most common form of turnover, the "hold the ball too long and then force a bad throw".

BDarc23
BDarc23

@tsjc68 Agree with your point but he did run it 10 times in each of the last 2 games.  That is a lot of running. None of the guys above ever even rushed more than 100 times in a season.

Bent
Bent moderator

@BDarc23 Important: He only ran seven times in those two games.  He took three knees at the end of each one.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23

Let's watch what he does this year, hopefully with a full compliment of reliable pass catchers (finally).

a57se
a57se

@Bent @BDarc23 

7 x 16 = 112

Still more running then you want.

You can extrapolate to determine he is doing something too much.


Bent
Bent moderator

@BDarc23 @Bent Still on course for more than 100 a season, but we know you can't use part of a season and extrapolate it to a full season don't we?


In all seriousness, if he ran more, then the defense would react accordingly and less running opportunities would present themselves.  Hopefully that would be where he could start to freeze linebackers and safeties to pick apart defenses.