FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – On the first day, the mob came early for Geno Smith. It gathered around the temporary locker assigned to the New York Jets' new quarterback and surged forward in a bloodlust. Television cameramen jostled with reporters who elbowed with the radio men who clutched their hand-held recorders, all angling for the best spot to grill the kid in the red jersey.
The world has had Geno Smith on the ropes since the days before the NFL draft when the reputation of the former West Virginia quarterback went from golden citizen to tactless punk. The criticism has been coming in a fusillade of blows: petulant, immature, unable to lead. Now on Day 1 of rookie minicamp, his first on the field in a white Jets helmet, the mob had come to see if he would crumble.
He stepped to his spot. The television lights clicked on. Camera shutters snapped. Breaths were held….
And Geno Smith did what Geno Smith should have done:
He smiled. He laughed. He looked his inquisitors in the eye. He saidRead More »from QB Geno Smith says all the right things after first day of Jets' rookie minicamp