Geno Smith believes he’s ‘way too talented’ to be a backup
Geno Smith may be sitting at No. 2 on the New York Jets’ depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick but insisted this week he’s “way too talented” to be a backup.
Smith believes one day he will again be a starter in the NFL.
“It’s going to come,” Smith told Bleacher Report. “I’m way too talented.”
Smith of course was the de facto Jets starting quarterback as the team spent the past summer in a protracted and sometimes contentious contract negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Smith couldn’t hide his frustration over being relegated to second-string once Fitzpatrick finally signed, saying he was “kind of pissed off.”
Smith also lost his starting to job to Ryan Fitzpatrick ahead of last season due to the fallout from a fight with then-Jet IK Enemkpali that resulted in a broken jaw.
In light of how he ended up as the Jets backup before last season. how he articulated his continued faith in himself was an interesting one.
“Eventually everybody will see,” Smith begins. “Eventually everybody will see. You’ve got to roll with the punches.”
Smith never set the NFL on fire when he has had an opportunity to start, but he hasn’t been exactly awful, either. His career stats (57.9 completion percentage, 27 touchdowns 35 interceptions and a 72.3 rating) illustrate he has much to prove to be truly considered a starting-caliber quarterback.
When asked, though, if he should be the Jets’ starter instead of Fitzpatrick — whom he appeared to criticize this week in a since-deleted cryptic Instagram post — Smith refused to take the bait.
“I’m not going to go there right now,” he says. “I believe in myself. I was the starting quarterback at one point. I don’t see why I can’t be.”
The Jets appear content at the moment to keep Fitzpatrick as the starter. But should he put up another horrific performance like the six-interception debacle against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday? Perhaps Smith’s time to shine will be sooner rather than later.