Getting drafted by the Jets is a blessing and a curse for Geno Smith. After sitting through the entire first night of the draft and thinking about skipping day two, Smith landed in a situation where the starting quarterback gig is there for the taking.
The flip-side of all of that is it’s for a team that can’t get its act together. Case in point, the way they handled the Tim Tebow saga and their flirtation with JaMarcus Russell. Yes, JaMarcus Russell.
Anyhow, Smith is excited about being on a team that you or I could win the starting job on and he feels that he has a “great shot” to win that starting job.
“I’m prepared,” Smith said. “I’m just getting better daily. I’ve improved so much from the time the [Pinstripe Bowl] ended [in December] to now. I continue to improve steadily.
“I feel like I have a great shot. I did a pretty good job overall of just adapting to the [Jets’] system and playbook and felt very comfortable with it by the end of OTAs [outside team activities] and mandatory [mini-] camp [in May and June].”
Frankly, how much better Smith is getting matters little. What this “competition” will come down to is are the Jets willing to endure another year of Mark Sanchez.