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    Post Jets invested alot of time getting to know Geno Smith.

    After months of legwork, Jets prepared to be patient with Geno Smith

    Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger
    on April 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM, updated April 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    The scout did his best to soften up the young quarterback during their first few meetings during his senior year in Morgantown, W. Va. The key is to make the kid comfortable. Allow him to open up about his strengths and weaknesses; give him a chance to let personality shine through.

    Mike Davis, a Jets regional scout based out of Richmond, Va., about a five-hour drive from Geno Smith and the Mountaineers, had seen all the tape. He started logging footage of the versatile 6-2¼, 220-pound prospect the summer before Smith’s senior year in preparation of a long season ahead.

    If the personality matched the arm, the speed and the footwork, it was worth keeping up on.

    "He knew the history of football," Davis said. "Sitting down talking to him, he’s all the things you want your quarterback to be."

    The offensive coordinator was brought in for the next step. At dinner on the night of March 13, Marty Mornhinweg, Davis and Jeff Bauer, the Jets director of player personnel, wanted to vet all the legwork and talk football.

    Based on a dismal Jets season in 2012, it was apparent the team could go in a different direction at the position if need be.

    "That was an important deal there," Mornhinweg said of the dinner. "In my mind, I wanted to get to know the man."

    More than a month later, their target still lingered on the board entering the NFL Draft’s second night, and was in the green room at Radio City Music Hall waiting for someone to pluck him.

    Smith said that he spoke to the Jets during the first round. They called and told him they had waffled between Smith and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the No. 13 pick.

    Now it was the No. 39 choice (the team’s third of the draft) and all the vetting, interviewing, tape logging and talking had weight on the pick. There were already five quarterbacks on the depth chart, including the 2009 No. 5 overall pick, Mark Sanchez.

    Then head coach Rex Ryan, dressed in a white button-down shirt with light green tie, got on the speakerphone shortly before 7:05 p.m. Friday. Smith was on the line.

    "Just think, man, in two weeks we get out there on that field and by then, it doesn’t matter where you got drafted or anything else," Ryan said on the phone. "We’re all Jets, and we’re proud to have you here, okay?"

    And to think, this was the easy part. Bringing in Smith, widely considered the best quarterback in the draft took just a second. One phone call after months of scouting and an afternoon’s worth of discussion. Now, the hard work begins.

    Now, the Jets must navigate a quarterback competition while ensuring that Smith, the subject of all the legwork, develops properly. With a team in transition, the temptation is to throw Smith into the high-speed NFL blur and have him learn on the fly. But two days into his career, the coaches are content keeping their foot off the accelerator and letting Smith grow in the system.

    "Let’s just see how fast we can get this thing going," Mornhinweg said Saturday. "We’ll get him back in the building in about two weeks and then we’ll start the process."

    Smith was able to pick up his playbook and tour the facility Saturday for the second time. While the team drafted offensive line depth around him — three straight picks from round three to round six — Smith met all the major players all over again: Mornhinweg, quarterbacks coach David Lee, general manager John Idzik and Ryan.

    He posed for pictures and was shuffled in and out of rooms for television interviews.

    "I’ve pretty much got a feel for the building and where I’ll be having meetings at, but just getting a whole new feel for it," Smith said.

    Over the next two weeks, he plans to devour the playbook while the Jets develop their 2013 plan. Ryan said the team is not at the stage where a decision needs to be made on a starter or a final depth chart. He is confident in Sanchez to win the job, just like he is confident in Smith.

    "As far as the timetable, our focus is in the short-term right now," Ryan said.

    http://www.prosportsdaily.com/articl...im-246619.html
    Last edited by ARodFLKeysJetsFan; 04-28-2013 at 11:21 AM.

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    Bit deceptive article. MM made it pretty obvious it is Geno's job to lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
    Bit deceptive article. MM made it pretty obvious it is Geno's job to lose.
    Yeah? Exactly when did he do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
    Bit deceptive article. MM made it pretty obvious it is Geno's job to lose.
    Didn't get that anywhere in this piece or anywhere else.

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    This article needs some serious copy editing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodFLKeysJetsFan View Post
    After months of legwork, Jets prepared to be patient with Geno Smith

    Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger
    on April 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM, updated April 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    The scout did his best to soften up the young quarterback during their first few meetings during his senior year in Morgantown, W. Va. The key is to make the kid comfortable. Allow him to open up about his strengths and weaknesses; give him a chance to let personality shine through.

    Mike Davis, a Jets regional scout based out of Richmond, Va., about a five-hour drive from Geno Smith and the Mountaineers, had seen all the tape. He started logging footage of the versatile 6-2¼, 220-pound prospect the summer before Smith’s senior year in preparation of a long season ahead.

    If the personality matched the arm, the speed and the footwork, it was worth keeping up on.

    "He knew the history of football," Davis said. "Sitting down talking to him, he’s all the things you want your quarterback to be."

    The offensive coordinator was brought in for the next step. At dinner on the night of March 13, Marty Mornhinweg, Davis and Jeff Bauer, the Jets director of player personnel, wanted to vet all the legwork and talk football.

    Based on a dismal Jets season in 2012, it was apparent the team could go in a different direction at the position if need be.

    "That was an important deal there," Mornhinweg said of the dinner. "In my mind, I wanted to get to know the man."

    More than a month later, their target still lingered on the board entering the NFL Draft’s second night, and was in the green room at Radio City Music Hall waiting for someone to pluck him.

    Smith said that he spoke to the Jets during the first round. They called and told him they had waffled between Smith and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the No. 13 pick.

    Now it was the No. 39 choice (the team’s third of the draft) and all the vetting, interviewing, tape logging and talking had weight on the pick. There were already five quarterbacks on the depth chart, including the 2009 No. 5 overall pick, Mark Sanchez.

    Then head coach Rex Ryan, dressed in a white button-down shirt with light green tie, got on the speakerphone shortly before 7:05 p.m. Friday. Smith was on the line.

    "Just think, man, in two weeks we get out there on that field and by then, it doesn’t matter where you got drafted or anything else," Ryan said on the phone. "We’re all Jets, and we’re proud to have you here, okay?"

    And to think, this was the easy part. Bringing in Smith, widely considered the best quarterback in the draft took just a second. One phone call after months of scouting and an afternoon’s worth of discussion. Now, the hard work begins.

    Now, the Jets must navigate a quarterback competition while ensuring that Smith, the subject of all the legwork, develops properly. With a team in transition, the temptation is to throw Smith into the high-speed NFL blur and have him learn on the fly. But two days into his career, the coaches are content keeping their foot off the accelerator and letting Smith grow in the system.

    "Let’s just see how fast we can get this thing going," Mornhinweg said Saturday. "We’ll get him back in the building in about two weeks and then we’ll start the process."

    Smith was able to pick up his playbook and tour the facility Saturday for the second time. While the team drafted offensive line depth around him — three straight picks from round three to round six — Smith met all the major players all over again: Mornhinweg, quarterbacks coach David Lee, general manager John Idzik and Ryan.

    He posed for pictures and was shuffled in and out of rooms for television interviews.

    "I’ve pretty much got a feel for the building and where I’ll be having meetings at, but just getting a whole new feel for it," Smith said.

    Over the next two weeks, he plans to devour the playbook while the Jets develop their 2013 plan. Ryan said the team is not at the stage where a decision needs to be made on a starter or a final depth chart. He is confident in Sanchez to win the job, just like he is confident in Smith.

    "As far as the timetable, our focus is in the short-term right now," Ryan said.

    http://www.prosportsdaily.com/articl...im-246619.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MNANgFCYpk

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
    Bit deceptive article. MM made it pretty obvious it is Geno's job to lose.
    +1 Sounds like he's focused on Geno.

    Mornhinweg has no ties to any Jets QB. He probably feels most comfortable taking on a newb that has no history with the team, especially negative history.

    Mark's leadership has taken a huge hit over the past two seasons, so his familiarity with the players isn't necessarily an advantage anymore.

    Notice nobody is talking about Garrard.


    "As far as the timetable, our focus is in the short-term right now," Ryan said.
    That's more "win now" than "let him grow", if you ask me.

    So much for the foot off the accelerator ...
    Last edited by jetrider; 04-28-2013 at 12:37 PM.

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    If you listen to the press conference on nyjets.com, it doesn't sound like it's Geno's job to lose whatsoever.

    It sounds like they're going to sit him on the sidelines for a year, which is the right decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetrider View Post
    That's more "win now" than "let him grow", if you ask me.

    So much for the foot off the accelerator ...
    I interpreted that as being getting ready for OTA's, mini camps etc, not looking at season's start, depth charts etc. No decisions need to be made on that for now, they're not looking that far ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana View Post
    If you listen to the press conference on nyjets.com, it doesn't sound like it's Geno's job to lose whatsoever.

    It sounds like they're going to sit him on the sidelines for a year, which is the right decision.
    I didn't read your 2nd part into Marty's comments either. I got the impression that they will use Smith when he's ready. That may be Game 1 in 2013, Game 10 in 2013, or later. And that is exactly what I want to hear.

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    My prediction is that Geno sits and learns until he is ready.

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    There is no reason for him to sit and learn. He has had three years starting in college way more then the butfumbler himself had. If he isn't starting opening day it's a big concern to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Nut View Post
    Didn't get that anywhere in this piece or anywhere else.
    Same here. People will see what they want to see in such articles. Let him earn the job in TC and pre-season etc. Let the best man for the job win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesR View Post
    I interpreted that as being getting ready for OTA's, mini camps etc, not looking at season's start, depth charts etc. No decisions need to be made on that for now, they're not looking that far ahead.
    I read it the same way.

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    @BrianCoz: Jets are not renewing the contracts of asst. director of college scouting Mike Davis and area scout Joe Bommarito, per sources. #nyj

    @BrianCoz: Bommarito worked the West Coast. Davis worked the southeast. He scouted Geno Smith, interestingly enough.

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    Throw Geno in there and let the man learn on the job. That's how it is done in today's NFL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenSpleen View Post
    Throw Geno in there and let the man learn on the job. That's how it is done in today's NFL.
    So that we can rush another QB's development and turn on him in 3 years also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanchez 3:16 View Post
    So that we can rush another QB's development and turn on him in 3 years also?
    Bingo.

    That article is spin at its finest. No team hungry for a franchise quarterback would allow 36 other chances for another team to pick him instead.

    Geno is a good flyer, a "why not?" pick that could be high-return. Let's not pretend that the Jets were just crushing over this guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana View Post
    If you listen to the press conference on nyjets.com, it doesn't sound like it's Geno's job to lose whatsoever.

    It sounds like they're going to sit him on the sidelines for a year, which is the right decision.
    This 100%

    It is amazing that some folks want to do the same bone head moves with Smith that we did with Sanchez.

    You cant make it up!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanchez 3:16 View Post
    So that we can rush another QB's development and turn on him in 3 years also?
    Indeed some posters have suggested that we send smith out next year and if he isnt fantastic just draft another QB!!!!

    Like planning and development play no role in QB play whatsoever....

    Good Grief!!!

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