Rookie NFL quarterbacks generally deal with a sharp learning curve. New York Jets‘ signal caller Geno Smith has endured a share of these bumps in the road. New York found their man to replace Mark Sanchez as future franchise leader. Superior athleticism allows him to make more dynamic plays. Smooth pocket presence offers him an ability of staying calm under pressure.
Last week’s victory saw Smith come up big on a game-winning drive. Analysts and fans alike began proclaiming progression and I was at the forefront of this movement. Each game is so important for head coach Rex Ryan, who may still be fighting for his job.
Red zone attempts are of critical importance in football. When a team gets inside their opponent’s 2-yard line, there is an expectation that they will get at least three points. Smith was solid last week but it did not carry over against the Pittsburg Steelers. He attempted to make too much happen for his team. Two interceptions came and doomed Gang Green. Each coach makes elaborate game plans which are designed to exploit weaknesses. Smith needs to take these lessons and learn. Thinking that these errors were behind him would have been foolish. Looking at the coverage is one major area that needs improvement as he goes forward. This defense brings enough skill to stay competitive, but turnovers must stop.