- Jason SmithNFL.com
Nobody anticipated Geno Smith leading Jets to opening win
Peyton Manning's seven touchdown passes aside, let's sift through the contenders and see what sticks out. The fact that we had three safeties in the first half of the early games (led by Darius Reynaud's end-zone pull-back)? Surprising. I would like to say the Pittsburgh Steelers looking so awful was a bit of a shock, but with the team lacking playmakers on both sides of the football, this will be an unusually bad season in The 'Burgh. The New York Giants' six turnovers? That kind of thing happens to teams early in the season. The Jacksonville Jaguars totaling 58 yards on their first 43 plays from scrimmage? Their output will increase from this electric effort when Justin Blackmon returns from his suspension in Week 5.
So, our winner is ...
Raise your hand if you thought Geno Smith would lead the New York Jets to victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I'm a Jets fan, and my hand isn't up, I promise you. I know this team and its history better than anything else in my life, and in almost 40 years of watching them, I knew how Sunday's story was going to end for New York -- except it didn't. Something happened for Smith in the final two minutes of the first half that turned him into a different QB for the rest of the game. Yes, the rook got a ton of help on the late hit out of bounds -- which is always going to be called, considering how much we protect QBs nowadays -- but he showed more with his fight and grit and determination than any stat line ever could. Gerald McCoy paid Smith the ultimate compliment after the game when the defensive tackle said he couldn't believe how composed Smith was after all the times the Bucs hit him. Composure hasn't been a strong suit for the Jets at quarterback since 2008. Gang Green might really have something here, and I'll believe that even if he throws four picks Thursday night in New England. It takes something special to be a successful quarterback in New York, and it's not overwhelming talent. You never really know about a guy until you see him when stuff gets real, and we know a lot more about Geno Smith on Monday than we did 24 hours before. And it's all good.
A Positive Note.
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...then Iz-dick deserves no credit for drafting him!
--Rex Ryan on being voted the most overrated NFL head coach
Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:11 PM