Please explain how this.
Was him cheering Victor Cruz’s injury when you can clearly see he was fistpumping over the incompletion?
And was kneeling down with the players when he was down?
You and your paper can go to hell.
You might hear at some point this week that (Geno) Smith grew agitated or testy with a reporter who questioned him at his locker after practice on Wednesday. But I’m not sure what any of it has to do with Smith’s ability to play quarterback. A lot of times, a quote or two from these exchanges can make for a pithy soundbite. But context is important, and this is how that exchange went down from beginning to end:
Q: Is there any value in bringing Mike (Vick) in, in a short term, whether it’s for the quarter within one game, if that is the best avenue to take to win a particular game?
A: I don’t know what you’re trying to lead to with that question.
Q: Well, I mean, if Mike is—bringing Mike in as a spark…
A: Maybe that’s your opinion.
Q: I don’t have a—I didn’t ask you an opinion; I just asked you a question.
A: That is not a question.
Q: Do you think there’s value in putting Mike Vick in as a spark?
A: As a spark?
Q: Yes. Within the course of a game.
A: What do you mean a spark? We’ve already put him in.
Q: Well, not for a play. I mean for a quarter …?
A: Doesn’t make sense. What team do you see doing that?
Q: OK, so you don’t agree with it.
A: That’s not a question. Next question.
That’s when another reporter jumped in to ask another question, and the interview moved on.
Now, after watching the above exchange as it happened, listening back to it, typing it out, and re-reading it, I’m left wondering what pro athlete tasked with doing a job is going to stand there and admit to anyone that his backup can do that job better than he can. Let’s assume the pro athlete did agree that a backup playing in his place—even for a short period of time—could provide “a spark.” What sort of reaction would that trigger? The headlines trashing the dude would basically write themselves. And what team would put a backup quarterback in for a quarter? How exactly would such an arrangement work?
What was Smith supposed to do here? Stand there and say it’s all up to the coaches anyway, and—aw, shucks—he’ll just have to live with it? Because that would be a lie. He’s still the starter, and he wants to play. As he tries right now to salvage both his career and the Jets’ season, Geno Smith has many problems. His reaction to a series of questions for which he’ll be damned no matter what he says isn’t one of them. Dom Cosentino