Stephen A. Smith is friends with Skip Bayless.
However, it does need to be said, that RGIII faced some of the same criticism last year. Rumors of "Selfishness". It does seem that black QBs that are near the top have the draft often have "character issues"
On RG III
It does seem like almost every black QB expected to go in the top 10 (at some point in the draft process) has "character issues". Cam Newton did, RGIII did (Though, I'm not totally sure why), Vick and Vince Young did."He's got a little bit of a selfish streak," said one scout. "Everybody was laying on Cam, but for some reason this guy has become gloves-off. He doesn't treat anybody good." Another scout "questioned the way Griffin deals with people," perhaps referencing RG3's refusal to conduct pre-draft private workouts. We wouldn't read into these opinions. We just found them interesting."
It simply might be a case of that's just random, since you are only talking about a few guys, but it's noticable that white QBs expected to go in top 10 (Not necessarily drafted in top 10, do not have this issue, for example, Jake Locker wasn't expected to be a top 10 pick) don't have this issue as much the last top 10 value QB with 'character issues' was Matt Leinart, as far as I can remember.
Again, this isn't an exact science, and it is quite based on memory and perception.
Get a feeling some are hedging their bets, making excuses for not taking Geno? Never seen so many talk about a player they didn't draft before.
Also, are these the same well connected, high ranking people who said Coples had the same issues after last years draft?
Those kinds of know it all experts.
The bottom line is Geno Smith isn't costing the Jets a lot in terms of money. He will get his chance and will either win the competition or lose it on the field. He hasn't had any off the field issues in the past and I doubt he bites the hand which feeds him going foward. I expect to see him do well but if he doesn't there is always next years draft.
What does being a patriot fan have to do with it? Geno interviewed with about 10 teams, so far they have been reports from three teams regarding his behavior during visits.These are reports from other cities not NYC media.
What do you mean "old fart" , the guy is his coach, the guy that will teach him what he needs to get better and improve as a qb in the next few years.
you think it is appropriate?
How can an agent assure a player is going top ten? Do they have crystal ball?
How do you think he would have done in the senior bowl? Throwing to guys he never threw to before, playing behind an oline that has been together for 4 days. If you think your a first rd pick as a qb you don't go, it is the same reason the 1st rd pick qbs don't throw at the combine. How do you counter bad press? It is not the public, but teams, the teams sit with him, talk with him for a whole day, and watched 100 hours of film, you think them responding to a media report makes sense, it would just show him as thin skinned which is one thing a NFL qb can not be. Media reports can influence fans, they don't influence GMs
Who said he is a malcontent, I never heard anything saying of the like.
One guy probably commented on Geno having a bad attitude and now all of a sudden he's Ryan Leaf on crystal meth with a dash of Lawrence Phillips and a splash of Jamarcus Russell.