Posted May 01, 2013

Geno Smith catches more post-draft flak

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Geno Smith fired his agents four days after falling to the second round of the NFL Draft. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Geno Smith fired his agents four days after falling to the second round of the NFL Draft. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

While Geno Smith has declared that his decision to fire his agents was not a result of his dropping to the second round of the draft, sources from NFL teams have revealed other reasons why one of the draft’s highest-rated quarterbacks found himself stuck in the green room Thursday night.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports via sources that Smith acted aloof, disengaged and displayed a general bad attitude during pre-draft meetings. Sources were critical of Smith spending much of his visits on the phone, reading Twitter and texting friends.

From Yahoo! Sports:

“All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself,” one source said. “That’s not what you want out of your quarterback.”

“He doesn’t have much presence, not much of a leader,” one executive who studied Smith said. “I don’t think he’s a bad person, but that’s not enough to be a quarterback in this league.”

Cole’s report also includes reports of Smith, two days before the draft, toasting and thanking his agents, calling them “family” and saying they would represent him his entire career.

“His biggest problem is that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know,” said a league executive, who spent extensive time assessing Smith before the draft. “I’m not sure he knows how to take instruction because he pretty much wouldn’t listen or talk to our coaches … he’s talented. He can sling it, he can fit it into tight spots, he can do a lot of things and I think he wants to be good. But you can’t tell him anything right now. He’s tuned out because he thinks he’s got it all down.”

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky cited a person close to Smith as saying his decision to fire his agents was based on the agency’s failure to successfully promote his value when it became apparent he might fall out of the first round. Smith was also unhappy with the negative fallout from not playing in the Senior Bowl — a decision his agents pushed.

Smith, taken by the Jets in the second round, said his goal is to become the team’s “franchise quarterback” but realizes that he has a lot of work to do.


37 comments
roderiques5898
roderiques5898

Can anyone remember Pacman Jones. Another player with loads of talent but an attitude as big. He too listened to his "boys" instead of his coaches and agents. See where it got him. Wise up young man

mickmack22
mickmack22

Abby Normal, that's funny!  Personally I think it's about maturity.  Geno seems to have less maturity than most NFL rookies and he's trying out for QB.  Shouldn't your QB be the most mature and intelligent player?  22 years of age is just a number.  Russell Wilson is one of the most mature individuals I've ever seen.  He just turned 24.  If he successful or a disaster, it'll still be fun to watch!  :)

volcanfoxxx
volcanfoxxx

IN 47 YEARS OF SUPER BOWLS, ONLY ONE HAD A WINNING BLACK QUARTERBACK ... NO, NOT A RACIST ... JUST STATING THE FACTS.

jeebs
jeebs

Didn't think I'd ever actually root for Mark Sanchez.

Dani
Dani

I think that Geno Smith is smart enough to understand that the Diva attitude does not work in the NFL, especially at the QB position. I've watched him on the "QB camp" show with Jon Gruden. He will learn the hard way, but i think that he can be a decent QB.

Ciscos
Ciscos

When Geno Smith decided to leave the draft and say "I'm not coming back" he should have stayed gone. I said if he did come back, he'd look indecisive.  Well he came back and not only did he confirm a growing belief about him, his indecision opened the door to the jabs he was getting in closed quarters, to an all out assault on his interpersonal skills. Whether or not the allegations in the article are accurate or even believable isn't the point for regular folk (I doubt anyone is losing sleep over it - well some might be), the actual point is the NFL given it's sheer size and reach is actually a fish bowl where everyone pretty much knows everyone else.  In one sense, kind of like the mob. If someone says  you're a rat then to everyone else you're a rat -regardless of whether or not you're a good earner.

 

Then to make matters, at least PR wise, worse, he fires his agents/agency but doesn't cite the reason why. Well it's clear from their press release what the reason was. Smith expected, despite being warned, to go in the first round. When he didn't, his "boys" pointed "his" finger at his agents.  So given all that, it appears Smith is easily influenced.

 

That doesn't bode well for him being long term QB in the NFL.  Nor does it bode well being the QB of the Jets.

jtolbert0823@gmail.com
jtolbert0823@gmail.com

I think he will be worse than Vince Young. VY got to the playoffs. I doubt Smith will beat out Sanchez.

RyanC883
RyanC883

Love watching the JETS yearly implosion. 

BobbyBalchus
BobbyBalchus

Sounds like the second coming of Vince Young.

jeebs
jeebs

Whoa- a wideout's bad attitude in the body of a QB is trouble

hqic
hqic

I'm starting to think the Jets drafted Smith to give the fans someone to hate besides Sanchez.  Geno Smith sounds like a less-talented version of Ryan Leaf.  Leaf had a prototypical NFL QB body and arm, but had the brain of Abby Normal.

J47
J47

Citing "league executives", what a bunch of nonsense.  No teams mentioned and no quotes from coaches, GM's, directors of personnel, or anyone that actually makes a decision or who's opinion matters.  This is just another over-hyped piece because Geno was the top rated QB in the draft and instead of going in the first 32 picks, he "only" went at 39.  Notice the media makes no mention of media/USC golden boy Matt Barkley, or Nassib, or Jones who all had to wait around until pick 98 or later in the fourth round to find a team.  Geno's the real deal.  He's going to be a great NFL QB.  Watch his interview with Jon Gruden.  He's legit.

Superman1
Superman1

Look first off Geno is only 22 a kid he has a lot to learn the question is can he learn as he grows older? they say the quarterback is the heart and brains of the team, a quarterback must be smart not just talented maybe a basketball player can get away with just instint throwing the ball in the hoop but in football u need alot more at quarterback then talent.....Time will tell.

CitizenCurby
CitizenCurby

Bwaahahahha...the J-E-T-S have once again...screwed the pooch......

Steven41
Steven41

No matter what happens it will not be his fault. Everyone around him will "fail" him, even though they have been in the league for years and they just will not appreciate him. Another self absorbed jerk.

Mike93
Mike93

Head case. Vince Young Jr. As a fan with limited access to what was going on, I could see it heading into the draft that this guy has issues. Now he goes to the Jets and Rex Ryan circus of a football team? Yeah, this should be really interesting.

hereandback
hereandback

It is New York...they might win 6 this year. He will feel their pain.

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

"Smith, taken by the Jets in the second round, said his goal is to become the team’s “franchise quarterback” but realizes that he has a lot of work to do."

But, the whole point of the article is that he DOESN'T realize that he has a lot of work to do. So now who's saying he does realize it, and why contradict the whole article you just wrote with that conclusion? Bizarre...

 

rskins09
rskins09

Good for you, Geno ...Your former so called Agents did work for you ..Let them brow beat, intimidate  there next NFL

 prospect ...I wouldn't be doggone , Id be long gone  ...Send your former jerk agents a dozen of dead red roses ...

  NFL Agents never make any mistakes - just ask them  ...The NFL prospects  are always the prima donas 

rskins09
rskins09

Geno has every right to fire his agent(s).. They work for him, It's a contract ..They probably brow-beat him to go the the NFL..Some NFL prospects can't handle  being in a fish bowl ..

colonial1
colonial1

Who knows with these kids out of college? Who really knows? All the JETS can do is roll the dice and hope for the best. The "experts" weren't to keen on Joe Montana or Tom Brady but loved Rick Mirrer and Spurgon Wynn; the latter of whom was drafted several picks ahead of Brady. Mention Spurgeon Wynn to a young NFL fan today and they'll probably think you're talking about a bad fungal infection. Personally, I have a really bad feeling about this kid. However, prove us wrong Geno - if you can.

j7apple
j7apple

Good luck with the big target on your back

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @RyanC883 It's almost like ground hogs day... except it's daily...

rodp236
rodp236

 @J47 Hype him now, guy, because next year it will be "Geno who?

drudown
drudown

 @J47 

Listen to you. Are you a runner for his new agent or in the running to be his agent?

 

He was an average QB in college. He threw the ball up and his talented WRs made big plays. Akili Smith/Dan McGuire part II

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

 @J47 I'm glad you're not the GM of my team. You're too much of a fanboy.  Geno sucks and he's dumb as nails.  He doesn't get it.  

cobramanpa
cobramanpa

@J47 stop smoking that wacky stuff

youngz101
youngz101

 @ezwriter69 No, the author is saying Smith said has knows he has a lot of work to do but the author is pointing out that saying that seems to run counter to what he has demonstrated thus far.

rskins09
rskins09

 @colonial1     Warren Moon wasn't even drafted, even after he won the Rose Bowl years ago ..

    Johnny Unitas was a 9th round draft choice - Steelers ..Saw Geno play about nine games on TV

 and two games in person ..Team and him were up & down like a yo yo ..

RobertM
RobertM

 @rodp236  @jtolbert0823@gmail.com Tebow was good athletically but not brany at all. Part of his deficiency had to do with making poor metal decisions. Terrible at reading defenses and making decision in the passing game. Tebow did not have a brain...

colonial1
colonial1

 @rskins09

 Well, we all know why Warren Moon wasn't  drafted. Those days and that type of thinking are thankfully now on the NFL scrapheap.