As long as Geno doesn't pull a Lawrence Phillips, I'll let his play on the field speak before applying any weight to his character concerns.
He's a 2nd rounder.
We took Kellen Clemens in the 2nd round and Jets fans lauded his "potential" for years, until it became apparent the dude sucked.
All Geno has to do to be worth the pick is be better than Clemens.
Nothing about taking Geno precludes us from taking a QB in R1 next year if one of the highly touted prospects is there for us.
Always look to cultivate talent at QB. Having one is never enough. Teams go from good to great by getting rich at the QB position.
Can one of the unemployed internet GM/Scouts please explain why Joe Montana, arguably the greatest QB in the history of the game fell to the 3rd round? I would love to hear why this crew and their fellow geniuses felt he would fall short, where and how he lacked the talent or fire to succeed.
Feel free to explain Brady in the 6th or Unitas in the 9th.:rolleyes:
Mid-late round QB's who turn out to be stars are the exception and not the rule (you didn't list the dozens of QBs who weren't drafted high and turned out to be nothing). It's just a dumb diversionary tactic away from the central theme of the story.
Geno, like any other prospect, has legit barriers to success. We made a bet with mitigated risk. If it pans out, we got a dynamic steal at the most important position in the game. If it doesn't, we'll move on with little near-term or long-term consequence.
Perhaps this league executive was someone from the Pats, the Phins or the Bills who gain a competitive edge in the division the more controversy they can generate to surround the Jets.
Frankly though, I'm really getting fed up with the lets turn over every rock we can mentality of the media to find something the bash the Jets on.
Why is Geno being given only one year to prove himself?
Wouldn't you give him 3 years before giving up if he has not developed into what we expect? :scratch:
Players fall for a variety of reasons. These stories appear to provide us with at least some explanations for why EVERY team in the NFL with a first round pick passed on Smith. Some teams passed on him twice.
None of this means that Smith cannot turn it around and prove wrong everyone who passed on him, just like Aaron Rogers did, but "it ain't nothing either". Perhaps you are just not seeing that.
Oddly enough the same group of people who year after year discount any negative stories about any of our picks are the same people who will crow loudly over any positive press no matter what the source. Some posters have opinions so pliable that they will describe the same writer both as a hack with an agenda and an insightful analyst in the same thread.
We don't know on Smith but these stories are mildly troubling. Period.
And Tony Pauline, who used to post here, reported it too.
People need to relax with the "oh the media is against the Jets" crap..
He was reportedly the #1 QB going into the draft, a potential Top 10 pick, who dropped to the 2nd round and picked by a NY team with an unsettled QB position..
Of course there is going to be media focus, especially after the reports came out, many, many hours before the Jets even selected him, that Geno was going to go home after not being picked in the 1st round and then "decided" to come back for Day 2. Add to it he then fires his agents..
But it's not completely fabricated. He can overcome it by growing, changing or proving that his shortcomings are obsolete as relates to his success as a QB. But why just completely discredit the reports because they aren't rosy?
Every prospect has flaws.
Geno got drafted where he did for a combination of reasons:
1. The Russell Wilson pick put the idea into GMs heads that there's always QB value to be round in later rounds.
2. Because so many teams have been QB-crazy last few years, not that many teams needed a starting QB
3. The Bills have no idea how the NFL draft works
4. Not playing in Senior Bowl + poor interview preparation saw Geno drop down the board (and subsequently he fired his representation bc of this)
5. West Virginia's inconsistency vs. good teams this past season