New York Jets' Geno Smith Shouldn't Be Dubbed 'Worst QB' of 2014

By Luis Tirado Jr.
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Geno Smith has been in the spotlight ever since he was given the keys to run the ship in the green part of the Big Apple. The New York Jets‘ quarterback was thrown to the wolves last season following a starting job competition in the summer that ultimately saw him win by default due to the preseason injury to Mark Sanchez. Since then he’s had his highs and lows but did end the season on a very good note as he can only improve from his efforts of last year. While he was plagued with turning over the football too much via interceptions, it was all a very valuable learning experience that he needed to endure entering the NFL.

Recently a report came out ranking every projected starting quarterback in the league, and surprisingly Smith was ranked dead last. Perhaps the general consensus is that he will enter a sophomore slump and once he starts to perform poorly everyone will be calling for Michael Vick to play. Most of those who participated in this anonymous report are all high profile people that ranged from general managers, head coaches, upper-management of the league and sports analysts.

After participating in a special offseason program to help improve his mechanics as a quarterback, Smith is striving to be a much better athlete and leader. He’s serious about not giving up the football and making smarter decisions on the field all while leading his team to victory. The Jets also brought in Vick for the sole purpose to mentor him and give him the right direction towards greatness. Make no mistake about it; the Jets believe Smith is the long-term solution at quarterback.

One must also factor that last season he had a mediocre at best wide receiving corps. If a quarterback doesn’t have good playmaking receivers to throw to, he will be completely against the odds to actually do well from both a mental and game play point of view. Confidence breeds success, and you can’t really feel confident knowing you don’t really have any extraordinary receivers to elevate your game. To rank Smith as the absolute worst quarterback heading into 2014 based on last year, considering how other teams have unestablished athletes at that position, is absolutely ridiculous.

The Jets made sure to surround Smith with top talent to continue his progression. Acquiring wide receiver Eric Decker, running back Chris Johnson and drafting some quality offensive targets will work wonders for Smith’s development. It will also prove his naysayers wrong since now that he has viable targets to throw to, it will limit his interceptions dramatically and convert them to actual touchdowns. This silly report was actually a good thing since I’m sure Smith will hear about it, and it’ll help fuel him towards greatness with a twist of revenge.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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