Geno Has Much To Learn

12/5/13 in NFL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   109 respect

Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsWhen one is a rookie quarterback in the National Football League, fans often forget that they have a lot to learn not only about playing in the league, but about learning to be a professional quarterback who can lead his team to victory on a consistent basis.

For New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, this season has certainly been quite the learning experience. Smith has won games in convincing fashion, has led to his team to a few comeback victories and on the flip side, has also played poorly and has been the reason for his team losing their last three games.

It is time to focus on the latter because as of this writing, the Jets are 5-7 and have seemingly taken themselves out of the playoff race with poor play on all sides of the ball. With that said, however, it is Smith's struggles that should be at the forefront of the discussion.

Smith has struggled mightily in the midst of this three-game losing streak. For starters, he is not generating any kind of offense for his football club.

In the last three games, the Jets have scored just 20 points. While the blame should not be put solely on Smith's shoulders, Smith has to take responsibility for the fact that he has not thrown a touchdown pass in his last five games.

With Smith leading the offense, the team is second to last in scoring this season and are pretty much at the same level offensively that they were last season with Mark Sanchez as the team's starting quarterback. If Smith wants to continue to start in this league, he must be able to find the end zone on a somewhat consistent basis and this season, he has done that just eight times.

Secondly, Smith is not doing a good job of taking care of the football. Smith has thrown 19 interceptions this season and has completed just 54.7 percent of his passes this season.

As a starting NFL quarterback, one must learn to keep turnovers/interceptions to a minimum and unfortunately for Smith, he is learning this the hard way this season. He must work on fixing this right now so he can be better next season.

Lastly, Smith needs to start playing with confidence again. In the beginning of the season, Smith appeared to be more decisive with the football and looked like a veteran in the pocket.

In the last five or so games, that kind of play has disappeared from Smith's repertoire. Smith has looked lost out on the field and that has resulted in head coach Rex Ryan benching him in favor of Matt Simms.

With four games left in the season, it is time for Smith to start rectifying his games so that when he comes back next season, he will be better in several areas of his game and look more and more like the NFL quarterback that
many expect him to be.
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