Geno Smith gets a chance to start over, develop and humble himself after signing with the New York Giants.
The signing of Geno Smith made people scratch their heads considering his subpar career and some of the issues he had while being a member of the Jets.
His subpar play has resulted in him throwing just 28 touchdowns compared to 36 interceptions in his career, and a 12-18 win-loss record as a starter.
The off-field issues include missing a team meeting because he went to see a movie during the Jets visit to San Diego in 2014, and for getting his jaw broken by IK Enemkpali for allegedly not paying $600 for a plane ticket to attend a football camp in 2015.
He has also shown poor body language in games when things are not going his way. Now, he is a member of the New York Giants and his career can get the resurrection that it needs.
He’ll now get the chance to learn how to be a professional NFL quarterback under the guidance of Eli Manning.
During his 13 year career, Manning has never had any issues off of the field and always has known the right thing to say when speaking with the media. His personality and body language on the field is even keel. In fact, if you just look at his body language you probably couldn’t tell if the Giants were winning or losing.
The real Geno Smith contract details:
Playtime incentives: $800k
Per-game roster bonuses: $12.5k
Max value: $2M
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 22, 2017
This is something that Smith needs to observe and follow as his career progresses.
Another plus for Smith now that he’s a Giant is the stability of the Giants’ ownership. The Mara and Tisch families are two of the most respected families in the NFL and have always run the Giants as a first class organization. The same cannot be said for Smith’s former team.
There’s no denying that Smith does have a good arm and talent as he did throw for 358 yards, three touchdowns and had a perfect quarterback rating in the Jets 2014 season finale against the Miami Dolphins. Perhaps the real issue with Smith was that he never had the proper guidance to help him evolve as a quarterback until now.
Will Smith be the New York Giants quarterback of the future? Probably not since he’s only signed for one year, and Manning seems like he can play for another three or four seasons. But perhaps the invaluable lessons he’ll learn this season with Big Blue will turn his career around and he can be a starter somewhere else in 2018.