New York Jets fans have plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic about rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
After beating out veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez, Smith led his team to a last-minute victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. Smith threw two touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 69-yarder to Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter, during a 27-20 victory against the Buffalo Bills. However, Smith’s biggest achievement was guiding New York to a road victory against Atlanta earlier this week, and the Jets are now 3-2.
After Smith’s performance, the New York Daily News splashed a photo of the quarterback on its front sports page with the headline “A Star is Born” this past Tuesday.
Ironically, the newspaper has the same headline with Sanchez’s photo on September 14, 2009, which was pointed out by Brian Bassett of TheJetsBlog.com. That proclamation occurred after Sanchez completed 18 of 31 passes with a touchdown and an interception in his very first start, a 24-7 win over Houston.
Talk about a bad omen.
Smith played very well against the Falcons, but being the best quarterback in the New York area, or top passer in this rookie class, is not saying a lot. Sure, Smith threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns and did not have a turnover against the Falcons. However, this is the same quarterback who had two fumbles (including a failed behind-the-back exchange) and two interceptions during a loss against the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago, so let’s curb that enthusiasm.
He might be playing well right now, but when it comes to the quarterback constellation, Smith is not a star yet.