To say that Geno Smith‘s rookie campaign in the NFL has been inconsistent would be a vast understatement. However, it’s unfair to expect the New York Jets‘ signal-caller to excel from the get-go, so you really can’t bash the rookie quarterback just yet. Smith’s calm personality has helped him through six weeks in the NFL, yet one major part of No. 7’s game has yet to materialize and it’s frustrating New Yorkers like you wouldn’t believe.
Smith is perhaps the worst quarterback in the league when it comes to red-zone efficiency as the Jets’ quarterback threw another interception inside the 20-yard line on Sunday. First-year quarterbacks like Smith usually struggle most when given short fields as NFL defenses are so much faster than one in the NCAAF, and it shows the most in short-yardage situations. With that being said, Smith needs to learn that the red zone is a precious area of the field where risks are not to be taken as three points is always better than zero points — just ask Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
With that being said, you have to appreciate Smith’s body of work considering he has led the Jets to 3-3 record despite playing alongside a less-than-stellar supporting cast. So, while the red-zone mistakes are black spots on Smith’s resume, this rookie quarterback is playing well beyond his years.