Transcript: QB Geno Smith 9/2/13

On if he has been told whether he will start on Sunday…

No, not yet. It’s only Monday so we’ll see as the days go by.

On how he prepared over the weekend…

This weekend was pretty simple. I had some time off. I came in, got treatment, did little things to get myself better for the week. Other than that, I had some time off, tried to relax a little bit, kind of tone down. I’ve been going really hard throughout camp so just had some time off.

On if the ankle is closer to 100 percent…

(It’s) getting there. It’s getting better. (I’ve) been treating it daily. Every single day it’s felt better. I’m able to do a lot more now than I was able to do then. It’s just constantly getting better and it’s something that I’ll continue to look at and continue to work at.

On if he feels ready to start…

Yes. I’ve been preparing extremely hard and I think I’ve gotten a lot better. Like I said, this is only the beginning. I’ve got a lot to learn and I’m preparing for everything that comes my way. If my chance is Sunday, I’m going to go out there with the intent to lead my team to victory and that’s just the way it is. I’m always going to play like that, be aggressive. I’m never going to hesitate, never going to shy away from anything and just go out there and play ball.

On his progression throughout the preseason…

I think it went well form a standpoint of just tremendous growth mentally. The physical things that come along as you continue to rep it and get better at it on the practice field. Coach Lee does a great job at constantly drilling us and making sure that my footwork, where my eyes are, all of that stuff is right on point. But mentally, I feel a lot better in the offense. I’m able to get us in and out of plays. I’m able to check into different protections and that’s something that I couldn’t do when I first got here. It’s all a part of the progression. It’s only going to get better as long as I continue to study.

On if he has been pleased with the feedback from the coaching staff…

Yeah. It’s honest. We’re all in this thing together. I’m my own biggest critic but I do have coaches who stay on me daily. I respect that. They’re honest and they always give it to us the way that it should be, which is the absolute honest response that you need and it’s only going to help us get better as players.

On his relationship with Marty Mornhinweg…

We have a great relationship. Marty’s a guy who I respect a lot. He’s well respected in the NFL. (He’s) one of the best (offensive coordinators) out there. He’s a great guy to learn from and he’s coached a number of tremendous quarterbacks, some guys that hopefully I can be mentioned amongst their names. Like I said, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and he’s my coach and I listen to him and take heed to every single thing he says.

On his biggest strength and weakness…

I don’t want to put too much emphasis on strengths and weaknesses. I think my game as a whole is something that’s steadily improving. Like I said, it’s only going to get better. I think right now, at the point that I’m at, I’m in a pretty good spot. I have a lot of opportunity here to showcase my talents and we’ll be able to evaluate strengths and weaknesses based on my play in the games.

On whether he has stidied Tampa Bay on film from this preseason or last regular season…

Both. (I) watched last year’s tape, some of the final games they played in which (there) were a lot of close games, some NFC games. They were playing some spread teams with some similar looks to what we have. I also watched the preseason. That’s pretty much the gist of it. (I) just watched every single thing I could get my hands on.

On if his teammates have given him tips on facing Darrelle Revis…

I mean, we all know about Revis. Basically from talking to Mark (Sanchez), talking to our personnel guys around here. If you talk to anyone in this locker room they’ll let you know when healthy (Revis is) one of the best if not the best corner in the game. He’s the guy you definitely have to pay attention to on the field.

On if he watched any Jets defense tapes of Revis…

I mean, I don’t think it’s necessary. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. You pretty much get the idea of what kind of player he is based on his reputation.

On when he started watching film on the Buccaneers…

Sometime last week. About when I got the word that I wouldn’t be playing in the final preseason game. I took it upon myself to go ahead and get some early studying in.

On if he started studying the Buccaneers by himself…

Yeah, I got in by myself. But I do have resources around here that I lean on, Coach Lee, (Coach) Mornhinweg, even the media guys, whoever. Anybody that I can get an honest response out of that can help me leading up to this game.

On what makes him think he is ready to start…

Well, I’ve been preparing. Physically I think I’ve always been ready. I think I have some things that, which is the reason why they drafted me here, to bring some of that stuff to the table. But I think mentally I’ve grown a lot. My grasp of the offense is to the point where I know I can get out there and execute and be out there and leading this offense and leading this team. That’s something that’s going to continue to grow, as I stated. At this point I’m ready for it.

On the biggest lesson he learned from the Giants game…

(There were) a number of lessons. That biggest one I’ll say is some big plays are going to be there but you’ve got to minimize the mistakes especially with the defense like the one that we have, one of the best, I think, in the league. Minimizing mistakes but still being aggressive. I’m a naturally aggressive player and that’s one of the reasons why they like me here. As long as I continue to be aggressive while minimizing mistakes, not putting us in terrible situations, not turning the ball over, all of those key things, we’ll be fine.

On how much better he feels throwing the football with a healthier ankle…

It’s night and day. Leading up into the injury, I was spinning the ball pretty good and then I got injured. You can never really tell how much if affects you until you don’t have it anymore. That drive I always had and it’s something that’s natural. About a couple practices ago I stepped out on the field and (was) able to drive it again and the ball is flying out of my hands again and it just felt extremely great to have that back and it also builds the confidence when you’re out there throwing the ball.

On if he has gained the confidence of those around him…

I believe so. When I’m in the huddle, when I step on the practice field, when I come in this building, guys are greeting me. I had Antwan (Barnes) who texted me and was all happy-go-lucky and telling me how much he was excited for me and all of those things. I think the guys around here respect the fact that I just work hard. I’m never going to let anything outside of this building affect me. I don’t pay attention to anything else besides my teammates and my coaches.

On who texted him…

Antwan Barnes.

On how he moved past the Giants game…

Well it’s easy to move past a game like that. As a quarterback you’ve got to have a short memory. You can’t let what happens in the past affect you in the future. I took it as a learning experience, another stepping stone in my career and was able to move on from it pretty easily.

On if he has been told he will start Sunday…

Not yet.

On if he knows he will start based on Sanchez’s injury…

Well, with Mark’s status I’m not 100 percent sure on, but I’ll always prepare as a starter and that’s kind of the way I’m going to go about things here. We’ll find out in a couple days. I think Mark’s status is very uncertain right now but we’ll see.