Geno Smith Just Wants To Beat The Dolphins

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New York Jets QB Geno Smith took a beating from the media Thursday and he sounds like the safest place for him is on the field playing the Miami Dolphins.

On how important it is to put one more strong game on tape…
It’s good for our team. It’s important for us to go out there and execute leading into next season, giving us something positive to look forward to. It’s just good for us to get out there against a team that beat us on our home turf. So hopefully we can return the favor and just go out there one last time this season for these guys and end it off on a good note.

On how much he has grown this season…
Tremendously, I’ve grown. Just learning the game, that’s an ongoing process and I’m just continuing to grow every single day in practice and with the film study and repetition I get in the games, things are starting to slow down for me and I’m able to go out there and play aggressively and use my natural ability.

On his biggest adjustment to the NFL…
Just playing in an entirely new offense, a new system, all new footwork, everything was new, let alone being a rookie in the NFL. All those things were brand new to me, so just a bunch of things that I had to learn from. And I’m still learning. This process is never going to end and I’m still going to continue to learn and get better every single day.

On what he remembers from the last Miami game…
We didn’t play well as a team. Personally, I didn’t play well at all. That was obviously the game I was benched in the first half and it was something I had to learn from. Overall, I just think we didn’t play well as a team and now we have a second chance, kind of a measuring stick for us dating back to that game, so it will be fun and interesting to see how we play on Sunday.

On whether he feels he benefitted from sitting out the second half of the first of Miami game…
I don’t know. Honestly, I just think it was a decision that had to be made and I think overall it just gave me a better perspective of just the way I needed to play. It kind of allowed me to sit back and view things from the sideline. I’ve been playing well since, but overall it’s one of those things where I wish I could’ve continued to play, but it was a decision that was made and I had to live with it.

On why he does not like talking about his future with the team…
Because it’s not a topic around here. I think it’s only brought up by you guys. That’s why I don’t like talking about it.

On whether he will look back on his rookie year and see how much he has gone through from draft day through Sunday’s game…
That’s the plan. Obviously the plan is to continue to grow every single day. From the day I was drafted here until now I’ve grown. That’s something I will continue to work at and I know my coaches and teammates will (hold) me to that because that’s the way we work around here and hopefully down the line I’ll be able to say I learned a lot from this season. But being in the moment right now, I don’t think that far and quite honestly I wish I could’ve had some things back, but you can’t take them back, you just have to continue to go forward.

On whether there are things that he learned about himself this season…
I learned that as long as I stay patient within the offense and within the reads that I can pretty much make the throws and do the things that need to be done on the field, but the game is more mental now than ever. The thing I learned about myself is I have to play the game mentally strong every single rep and just continue to make good decisions.

On whether dealing with the mental aspect of the NFL has been harder than he expected…
Not harder than I expected, I fully expected it to be hard. You have guys in this league who have been playing their entire lives and are 10-plus-year veterans in this league, who have tons more experience than I do, so a lot of those things are just a direct result of me being a young guy. So I have to kind of put some things in perspective and quite honestly I don’t worry about those things. My mindset is focused on this week, today’s practice, correcting things from today, moving on to tomorrow and going out and playing well on Sunday.

On being able to start all 16 games and not have an injury setback…
It means a lot, in the beginning of my career, it means a lot. Right now it’s just about going out and playing well on Sunday. Playing this season has been phenomenal for me, it’s been a dream come true but quite honestly, I’ve stayed in the moment. I’m just trying to get better every single day, I take every single rep as hard as I can and just focus on the progress (and) just getting better every single day.

On how far away he lived from Sun Life Stadium growing up…
It’s right around the corner, right around the corner. It’s maybe five minutes away.

On if he was a Dolphins fan growing up…
No, I never was.

On if this game means more to him as he is from Florida…
It’s always good to go back home and play in front of a home crowd per se. It’s where I grew up at, we’ll have a lot family and friends in the stands, but it’s more important for us to go out and play well for this team and this organization. To get a final game for this season, obviously we’ve fell short of our goal to make the playoffs. We have one game left and it’s pretty much our Super Bowl. We have to go out and play well.

On if he has received a lot of ticket requests…
My mom handles that. I haven’t even heard a word about it.

On when he played a bowl game in Florida…
Three years ago, maybe.

On if it would be a setback to have a different coaching staff next year…
Well honestly I’m not focused on that, I’m not worried about it. I know a lot of things are pretty much out of my hands. That’s never been a topic around here. My goal is to get better. We have a great coaching staff here in place and they stay on us. Coach Lee is one of the hardest coaches I’ve ever played under and it’s made me better in so many ways. I’m just focused on right now and just staying in the moment.

Source: New York Jets Media

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