The Postís Steve Serby went deep with the Jets rookie quarterback yesterday in Cortland.
Q: Why do you believe you can be a franchise quarterback?
A: Well because, for one, if you talk about the physical aspect of it, I think Iím a pretty decent player as of right now, but Iím only 22 years old. Iíve got a ways to go, Iíve got a lot of room to grow, Iíve got a lot of things to learn ... I can just imagine myself 10 years from now being way better than I am now. Itís going to come with a lot of hard work, and Iím willing to put the work in, day in and day out.
Q: RGIII, Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson ... all of them made big impacts last year. Can you make an impact kind of like they did?
A: I mean, if Iím given a shot, then of course I believe so. Whenever I get my opportunity, Iíll be ready to make an impact. I probably wonít focus on it as much as weíre talking about it, because at the same time, you got to manage the game, and thatís what I try and do on the field.
Q: How would you characterize your on-field temperament or mentality?
A: Very businesslike. Very strict. I can be a bit of a jokester at times, just to kind of lighten the mood up or something if I see the guys are kind of tense. But other than that, Iím very businesslike.
Q: You almost have to be a psychologist, donít you?
A: Yeah. Itís like managing the temperature in your house. You just got to be a thermostat to make sure everythingís at the right perfect cool temperature.
Q: Whatís the funniest joke youíve ever told in the huddle?
A: I think I was cracking on maybe one of the defensive linemen, one of íem may have been a little short and stubby. So I just cracked on him with my offensive linemen and then they went out and just blocked the hell out of him (laugh).
Q: What did you say about him?
A: I donít know, you might talk about his socks, or the way his legs are ... heís probably like 5-6, 350 or something like that maybe.
Q: Do you think youíre mature beyond your years?
A: I think Iím mature, but everyone has a different opinion. I think itís due to the fact that Iím the oldest child. Iíve always been in the leadership role. Especially when it comes to football ó I know what it takes to lead the football team.
Q: What does it take?
A: Maturity. It takes a very strict guy, it takes a guy whoís no-nonsense, it takes a guy whoís never scared. When you think of a leader, heís got to be fearless. You got to have them trust you, especially in the heat of battle, especially when things arenít always going your way, or when itís the biggest situation you can possibly be in.