Smith says he got 'in trouble' with Jets for playoff guarantee following draft select
Apparently, bold proclamations are reserved for coach Rex Ryan.
Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith says he was reprimanded for guaranteeing a playoff berth in his first interview after being drafted by Gang Green in the second round last month. That, he promised, will be his last Joe Namath moment, though The Post dubbed him Broadway Geno on the front page following his selection by the Jets.
“I’ve already gotten in trouble for saying some things about playoffs and things, which I don’t regret,” Smith said Sunday on Sirius XM Radio. “I don’t think I’ll go as far as being as bold as Joe was.”
Smith has already been somewhat of a victim of New York media. He fired his agents after the draft and his constant texting during interviews drew the ire of some critics. Smith called the scrutiny here “eye opening” and that the press created a “diva” perception of him to generate headlines.
"I don’t think I’m a bad guy," he said. "I don't think I'm some of the things they try to make me out to be. It's a part of the media. The one thing that I understand is you can't take it personally. Those guys have jobs and the key to their jobs is to sell papers and to keep the fans looking. So they're going to spin things and try to make an interesting story out of something that may not be so interesting."
Smith will compete for the starting quarterback job with incumbent Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. This week, David Garrard, another quarterback, retired before ever taking a snap with the Jets due to a bad knee.
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