Jets Encouraged By Geno Smith, Won’t Name Him Starter for 2014


Geno Smith gritted out his rookie season and ended up on a high note.

Smith passed for 3,046 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions.   Smith had his ups and huge downs, but he continued to grind.  Jets GM John Idzik told the Star Ledger that he was encouraged by Smith’s season, but wouldn’t appoint him starter going into 2014.

“We don’t look too far into the future as that,” Idzik responded, when asked to appoint a starter. He added, “I don’t even know who we’re playing the first game.”

Idzik said he was pleased with Smith’s progress during the season, and most encouraged by his incremental improvement as a rookie.

Idzik also said that Smith “demonstrated he could efficiently maneuver an offense with accuracy passes and also threaten defenses as a runner.”

“All the things he did,” Idzik said, “they were very positive.”

Idzik indicated that the Jets would seek out a quarterback via free agency or the draft to challenge and push Smith.

“We will always look to improve every position in any manner we can,” Idzik. “And that doesn’t change going into 2014.