Jets quarterback Geno Smith expects 'big things' from the offense
Geno Smith, shown during Jets practice in Florham Park during this offseason, believes the Jets could be one of the NFL's top offensive teams. ((Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger))
By Kevin Manahan/NJ.com The Star-Ledger
June 15, 2014 at 6:39 AM, updated June 15, 2014 at 6:44 AM
It doesn't take much -- a running back with some tread worn off his tires, a wide receiver who might not play up to his pay check and a rookie tight end who is lost in the playbook -- and suddenly Jets quarterback Geno Smith starts talking crazy.
He's not worried about learning the playbook, he's focused on "perfecting" it. He believes the Jets might have one of the best offenses in the NFL. And after committing 25 turnovers last season, he now sees himself as a coach.
Smith hosted his ProCamps football camp in Scotch Plains on Saturday and hung out with roughly 300 kids in grades one through eight. When he took a break from schooling the little ones, he spoke about his expectations for 2014.
“There’s no comparison,” Smith said via the New York Post. “Last year, I was a rookie. I was learning. I’m still learning, but I was learning the offense. I know the offense. Now, it’s about perfecting it. There’s really no comparison. It’s completely night and day.
“I expect big things from us. We all expect the same thing. We’re still growing. We’re still competing with one another. Right now I can see us just jelling really like a team that’s going some places in the future.”
Despite a late start to the offseason, the Jets added running back Chris Johnson and wide receiver Eric Decker. They also grabbed tight end Jace Amaro in the draft. Those additions lead Smith to believe the Jets could have one of the league's most potent attacks.
“We have that goal," he told the Post. "We have high expectations for one another. We always set high expectations. Ultimately, it’s about the production on the field. When we get on the field against an opposing defense, then we’ll see. But our goals are set high.”
Smith -- who is the likely starter over Michael Vick, another offseason acquisition -- will use the minicamps to continue to build chemistry with his receivers, something he tried to do last year, "but I was just so engulfed in trying to learn the playbook and getting my steps down and all the little things, that it’s kind of difficult to develop that exact chemistry that we want,” he said.
“I can see it this year. It’s night and day because I can coach guys up on where I need them to be. … That’s what quarterbacking is. It’s about being the coach on the field. That’s the position we’re in right now. We’re still building. We’re still developing that chemistry, but as of right now, we’re levels ahead of where we were at this time last year.”