By Kirk Lang: 1st round draft choice quarterback Geno Smith feels he’s learned a lot already with the New York Jets despite the official training camp still days away. Smith says he’s ready to compete for the starting job with Mark Sanchez. Smith played with the read option at West Virginia and he has to learn the West Coast offense with the Jets.
It’s a major change from what he Smith was doing at West Virginia and there are clearly some growing pains.
Smith said to the NFL network “Coming from a spread system where the biggest transition for me is going to be the footwork. It’s not as if I can’t do it…the amount of reps that I got in rookie camp, minicamp, OTAs has helped me make that leap and transition, and make giant strides. I have an opportunity to fight for a starting job.”
Smith would be better to sit for a year rather than going out and being sacrificed and possibly up as the next Mark Sanchez. It’s doubtful that Smith is ready to go in and start for the Jets this season, and if the Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan chooses to throw him in there in a sink or swim mode then I feel sorry for Smith because he’s not as talented as last year’s rookie class of quarterbacks like Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, and he’s not as talented as the 2011 rookie class with Colin Kaepernick.
Putting Geno Smith into the starting job right now would be putting him into a position to fail.
Smith was a good quarterback at West Virginia but the system was different, the offensive line was better and the receivers were better than what he has to work with in the pros. Smith will be running for his life if he gets the starting job now, and he’s not a good scrambler or runner. We’re talking a lot of sacks and a lot of hits.