New York Jets QB Geno Smith Under Pressure Week 1 Against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Nick Mamary
Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets enter 2013 with several key issues. Most of these problems are on offense, as finding stable offensive weapons could prove difficult. Jets head coach Rex Ryan has always been known for his defensive prowess. Losing seven starters on this side presents a problem as well. Young players will now be counted on to perform quickly.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith represents New York’s future. He brings physical traits such as size, speed and a strong arm. These attributes make for an intriguing prospect but concerns exist. A process of transitioning to operating under center continues. Character questions pertaining to maturity could become problematic in the eyes of some experts. Against the New York Giants Smith appeared confused against their defensive looks. Of course preseason games do not count however there is some insight from where he currently stands. Gang Green’s opening opponent offers a familiar face to add some intrigue.

Everyone knows how Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis was acquired the Jets this offseason via trade. This relates to New York’s new triggerman indirectly. Getting rid of Revis resulted from previous poor choices. Overspending on other contracts did not allow these sides to reach an agreement. Being intercepted by him would most likely gain boos from their home crowd. Despite well-documented poor play by Mark Sanchez, he also is not out of the picture.

Smith failed in earning the starting job outright. It took a Sanchez shoulder injury to decide New York’s No. 1 quarterback. This five-year veteran could realistically get his job back after healing. Smith must take advantage of this time and perform. A recent signing of Brady Quinn further complicates matters. This shows dissatisfaction remains about New York’s quarterback outlook.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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