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Jets QB Geno Smith On Building Confidence

New York Jets QB Geno Smith spoke to the media Friday afternoon after practice about the QB competition and how nervous he was today.

On how he felt today?

I felt pretty good. I think things went smoothly today in practice. Everyone was out there working hard. That?s always a good sign. We competed well, (and both) offense and defense made some good plays. On my behalf there was some good plays and some plays I can learn from, but overall I think we had a really good practice.

On the feedback from Coach Marty Mornhinweg?

Well, we?ll go in and watch film, but on the field they obviously coached me up on some things I need to improve on. Just kind of do what they?ve always done, just walk me through things, allow me to get mental reps and then put me out there and see what I can do.

On if he was anxious?

I did have a good night?s rest. I slept pretty good last night. I wasn?t too anxious. It was a really good day. I woke up and I was prepared and I was ready and I think overall we had a really good day.

On if he had any nerves?

Not at all.

On his performance in seven on seven?

I mean, we completed them. That?s always the goal. Every time you get an opportunity to drop back and pass, the goal is to complete the ball. The main thing is that I went through my reads properly, my drops were good at the proper depth. And then I was hitting receivers in stride, placing the ball where I wanted it and that?s a really good sign for day one but there?s still a lot to improve on.

On there being competition at every position?

Every single guy was out there busting their butt. From offensive linemen, kickers, punters, quarterbacks, long snappers, everyone?s out there competing. That?s only going to make this team better.

On Coach Mornhinweg?s reaction to passes?

Marty?s always going to be Marty. He?s always fired up. He?s always being vocal and he expresses himself to you and that?s a really good thing coming from an OC (offensive coordinator). He?s a really good OC and he always talks to us and he lets us know how he feels on the field, off the field, wherever. I really enjoy that and I appreciate that.

On Antonio Cromartie?s reaction to passes?

Oh that?s Cro, man. He always talks. He has a swagger about himself. He?s an All-Pro corner, one of the most athletic guys I?ve ever seen on the field and it?s good to have a guy like that on your side because it only makes you better. Practicing against an All-Pro corner, against a really good defense, it always makes you better as a player.

On how important it was to have an error free first practice?

Well, I had errors but the good thing is that there (are) always things to learn from, always room for improvement and this is only day one. We have a long camp schedule ahead of us so my goal is to go in with the mentality to get better at every single thing that I do whether it?s on the field, off the field, in the film room, if I?m in my room studying, I?m trying to perfect my craft and just get better.

On if today?s performance gives him confidence?

I?ve always been confident. I hope you guys realize that (laughter). I?m always going to be confident. It?s still a humbling factor. I?m out there and I?m learning and I?m soaking things up, I?m learning from every single guy. I?m a rookie at this thing so I?m just trying to help my team win games and help better my team when I?m on the field.

On what he can do that sets him apart in the competition?

I mean, just continue to do what I?ve always done. Just practice and get better and work hard. Like I said, the coaches will do the evaluating and when the time is right they?ll make the selection but my job is to go out there and practice as hard as I can, take every single rep as hard as I can and just try to do my best. That?s all I can ask from myself.

On how his vocal side is coming along?

That was the drill. Obviously, those guys were in the heat of the moment, but my job as the quarterback is to get them lined up and complete the drill.

On how much of the playbook he knows?

I mean, I?m learning it as we go. I?ve got the protections down. I feel comfortable with it. I feel comfortable with every single play that I have out there. Like I said, it?s about preparation but it?s like learning the dictionary. You?ll never know every single thing about it, you?ve got to continue to study it and that?s what I do, I study it. Even things I think I have down pat, I still go back and study my notes and study the playbook.

On how fast the Jets defense is?

Very fast. Those guys are not only fast from a physical standpoint but they really react. Some of the best I?ve ever seen. This is my first time at it but just from my knowledge, the Jets have always had a really good defense. (Coach) Rex (Ryan) has always coached very sound defenses so I think this is only going to help us and it?s going to help me as well.

On seeing a player the size of Quinton Coples chasing him?

I mean, that?s amazing, right? The guy?s like 280 (pounds) and he?s running step-for-step with me. That?s a good sign. I can?t wait until he?s chasing down other guys on Sundays.

On if the play with Coples was a designed run?

It was a roll out play. (I) kind of tried to break contain and he was right on my tail.

On Coples shouting, ?Not that fast? at him?

Oh that?s Coples, man. He?s always talking. That defense, they talk. I love it because as a rookie you have to expect that going into games. The only way to get used to it is to deal with it in practice.

On if he has had to do any rookie initiation things?

Not yet, I?m pretty sure they?re coming though. I?m ready for anything.

On his relationship with QB Mark Sanchez?

It?s great. We?re out there encouraging one another but we?re also competing. Mark did a really good job today. He was out there being accurate and being his normal self. I appreciate Mark for what he does for me on and off the field. He helps me, he teaches me, he helps me get acclimated to the pro game and we have a really good relationship. When we?re on the field we encourage one other but we also compete.

On Coach Ryan?s message?

Oh man, some of it I can?t share with you guys but the gist of it is basically we?re going to go into it with a new mindset. It?s a new season. Everything in the past is in the past and we?re just going to work our butts off in camp and take it one day at a time.

On Sanchez wanting the job but also helping him?

It speaks volumes about his character. Like I said, Mark?s a great guy. He?s always helping me. He?s always willing to help me. From my knowledge he?s always helped everyone, including Greg (McElroy), including Matt (Simms). And that?s the relationship we all have inside the quarterback room and I think that breeds a good room and it helps for good competition.

On if he has ever been the older player competing for a starting spot with a younger player?

Yeah, I was once. In college I had two freshman come in my sophomore year and I was injured going into that offseason. But that?s different from now. All of that is in the past and it doesn?t mean much now.

On if the roles were reversed with Sanchez if he would help him?

Of course, of course. That?s the job. You?ve got to be a professional. Whether there?s competition or not, you always have to be professional.

Source: New York Jets Media


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