Transcript: QB Geno Smith 12/22/2013

On playing in warm weather in December…

It was great weather today. We were talking about it when we came out in pregame warm-ups just how great it felt out today, so it was pretty good.

On what he was personally playing for today…

Personally, we were playing for wins. That’s every single week, we go out and try to get a victory. That’s the reason we prepared the way we did throughout the week. That was our goal as a team coming into this game.

On whether he feels more comfortable as the weeks have gone by…

Yeah, I’ve been growing. That’s a part of the process. We’re all growing as players and we’re all growing as men. The key thing for us is just continuing to take advantage of the reps we get in practice. Every single rep is important for our success (and) for our growth. That’s something that I see as a staple of this team. Every time we get a chance to step on the field, we’re passionate about it, we love it and we take pride in what we do. We try to go out there every single day in practice and just better ourselves so that we can come out and execute on Sundays.

On whether the team reflects Coach Ryan’s passion…

In that regard, yes. We are passionate and our head coach is passionate. Everyone knows it. He’s the type of guy who’s not afraid to show how he feels about this team because he sees the work that we put in as players and vice versa, we see the work that he puts in as a head coach, all of our coaches. That’s something that we do collectively as a team in order to get better and that’s something that has really helped us out. Even in tough times when things aren’t going as well, we stay with the grind. That’s kind of the reflection of our head coach because he is that way.

On whether he feels like the team is on the rise…

I think we’re continuing to progress and I think we’re getting better from week to week. I think we’re just continuing to work hard throughout the week in practice and whether or not we’re on the rise is pretty much up to the way that we play on Sunday. But we’re definitely getting better and growing as teammates.

On what it means to him to know Coach Ryan has his back…

It means a lot and it’s the reason why we continue to buy into the system and buy into the coaching, and the reason why we get better as players. It’s not easy. We’re taking hard coaching. When we go out there and we don’t execute the way that we should, they’re hard on us. And that’s the way it should be. So we accept that and we stick together, good and bad. That’s the way this team is and to have a head coach that is going to stand up for you no matter what, is the reason why we play the way we do as players.

On whether he was happy with the timeout management in the second half…

That’s hard to say. I can’t really answer that.

On his touchdown run…

It was pretty much a four-minute situation. We didn’t want to get the ball out of bounds. Marty (Mornhinweg) called a pass play, so the key thing there is to take an easy completion if it’s there, but if not, be able to step up in the pocket, gain a few yards, maybe slide (and) keep the clock running. I stepped up, saw a lane and I took it. It was one that ultimately helped us.

On whether he is disappointed he only has a week left until the perceived deadline to show he’s the quarterback for the long-term…

I don’t know about whose standards that deadline has been set by. I’m not disappointed. I’ve got a couple weeks to go out there and prove myself as I’ve been doing all season long. Quite frankly, that’s all that matters. I’m not worried about what anyone else says about a deadline or who I’m supposed to be proving myself to. The only people that I have to prove myself to are my teammates and my coaches. I understand that and that’s what keeps me level-headed.

On whether the successful rushing game helped him…

Yeah, they ran well. The offensive line did a tremendous job in the run and pass protection the whole game. The key reason for our success today, I think, with facing that defensive front with (the) multiple looks that they give you, the guys that they have on the edge as far as pass rushers and being stout up the middle, it took us a bit of time to kind of get in a rhythm as an offense, but the offensive line played great, we stuck to it and we started putting together some drives probably around the second quarter into late in the game.

On the media reports on Coach Ryan’s comments in Saturday’s team meeting…

What’s talked about in our team meetings, it stays in our team meetings. That’s all that matters.

On whether the perception of the head coach being on the “hot seat” affects players…

I’m new to all of this. It’s my first year in the league, so a lot of things I may be too naïve to know about, but the one thing that I do know is that we’re going to take it day-by-day and we’re going to do the same this week. We’re going to take every single rep as hard as we can, try to be as efficient as we can as players and try to get better. That’s the only thing we owe to Rex because he is our head coach. He works extremely hard and he deserves that from us.

On how he felt on the field…

I felt pretty comfortable back there in the pocket. The offensive line did a great job keeping guys off me. I was able to step up all day long, had great throwing lanes, was able to have clean vision in the pocket and it was good to come out of this game with no sacks or turnovers and I think we had for the most part plenty of positive plays (and) not many negative plays. So whenever you have that as an offense, it’s always going to be a good game.

On whether it will be more special to him playing in his hometown next week…

You guys know me. It’s not going to change.

On whether any part of him feels more excited about getting to play in Miami next week…

It’s not going to change. I’ve been playing in Miami my entire life. The key thing is that we go out there and we execute. That’s all that matters.

On being successful on third down…

Yeah, that’s extremely important in this game. First of all being in manageable third downs, being in situations not third-and-long, third-and-eight, or more, that’s pretty hard. But when we were in manageable third downs, we had an opportunity to convert those. We were able to today and ultimately I think it led to us putting up some points. I think we should’ve done a little bit better early on with that, but we got into a groove and we did a pretty good job.

On whether there was a point when the offense started to get in rhythm…

Yes, I think when we got down 10. For the most part, we were doing a decent job throughout the game, but I think the sense of urgency kicked in down 10. It really made us hone in and just focus in a little bit more. When we went out, got that touchdown drive and put up seven, and right before the half, we got three, it just gave us confidence to go out there in the second half and put together a decent second half.

1 comments
Iain Bartholomew
Iain Bartholomew

Reading through all the transcripts, I love the professionalism of these guys and Geno epitomises that. Sanchez always talked a good game, but you knew he was saying what he thought he was supposed to say. Geno is a different type of guy and I like it.