Geno Smith Warms Up In The Cold

By Stephen Conway
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

Geno Smith may be stealing the spotlight for negative reasons recently with numerous reports and encounters that depict him to be a “spoiled brat” and “immature.” While this might be unsettling for New York Jets fans, there is one thing that the Jets can look forward to; Smith is a tremendous cold-weather quarterback.

During his college career, Smith was 4-1 in games where the game time temperature was under 41 degrees. In his five starts, Smith was 90-126 (71 percent), 1,125 yards passing, with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. I repeat, no interceptions.

What’s interesting is that of all the criticisms that have been directed towards Smith, one of them has been the fact that he is a poor-weather quarterback. If those are poor-weather quarterback statistics, then I am left speechless with nothing to say but a few choice words that I will refrain from using in this article.

Mark Sanchez has had his fair share of ups and downs in cold weather. A California native, there was much doubt that Sanchez would be able to perform. Sanchez was able to prove critics wrong, but then also had his share of bad games in cold weather, as well.

Especially playing in New York during the cold, December and January months, the fact that Smith can hold his own is a good thing. It’s also a good thing that you can count on him playing well in February for the Super Bowl at the Meadowlands, that is, if the Jets finally can come through with a promise they have been making to Jet fans for four years.

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