Even though quarterback Geno Smith threw for 21 interceptions last season, he always kept calm, cool and collected. Whether it was on a potential game-winning drive, or when receiving criticism for his decisions on the field, Smith always knew how to handle himself. One can admire his professionalism as a rookie during a rocky first season in the NFL. Even at the present moment, Smith is handling his situation with a new gunslinger in town extremely well.
When the New York Jets decided to come to an agreement with Michael Vick, it wouldn’t be long until the sports world got some kind of response from Smith on what he thinks about it. Being the professional that he is, Smith embraced his new teammate. He is also excited about what kind of impact Vick will have not only on the Jets, but also for his own individual career. It’s a good situation to be in.
Expected to win the Jets’ starting quarterback competition this summer, Vick can now take Smith under his wing and develop him into the next big thing. Smith understands that while he’ll have a fair shot at competing for the starting job, it’s probably in his best interest to simply learn as much as he can, even if he’s on the bench.
This isn’t Mark Sanchez vs. Tim Tebow, it’s a much more humbling experience this time around. Smith continued where he left off last season by saying and doing all the right things that benefit the team, not the individual. He has a good head on his shoulders and knows that if he handles all this the right way, he’ll be much better off in the future.
Vick will bring hard competition to Smith, while also enabling him to continue working on his skills. It’s a win-win situation for all.
Now it’s just a matter of time to see if it all translates to victories on the field.