The worst kept secret in New York is about to become common knowledge.
Geno Smith will start Sunday for the New York Jets when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to various sources, Mark Sanchez isn’t likely to recover from the shoulder injury he suffered during the pre-season anytime soon. In Sanchez’s absence, Geno Smith will start the season’s opening game, and likely start for the foreseeable future, for the New York Jets.
Smith told the media on Monday that he hasn’t yet officially been told that he is going to start Sunday. But he is preparing as if that is the case.
“I’ve been preparing extremely hard and I think I’ve gotten a lot better,” Smith said. “Like I said, this is only the beginning. I’ve got a lot to learn and I’m preparing for everything that comes my way. If my chance is Sunday, I’m going to go out there with the intent to lead my team to victory and that’s just the way it is.”
Smith also displayed the confidence of a rugged veteran when he discussed his style of play; he stated that he was always going to “be aggressive,” and is “never going to hesitate, never going to shy away from anything, and just go out there and play ball.”
While Smith’s confidence is impressive, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will have other plans in mind for the rookie’s debut. Mornhinweg will likely plan a conservative attack to allow Smith to become acclimated to his surroundings; a regular season game is unlike anything Smith has ever seen before, and no amount of practice or pre-season can prepare him for it.
Smith’s last outing with the Jets was a night to forget; he threw three interceptions and gave away a safety. However, he said that he has learned a number of lessons from that performance.
“The biggest one I’ll say is some big plays are going to be there but you’ve got to minimize the mistakes,” Smith said. “Especially with the defense like the one that we have, one of the best, I think, in the league. Minimizing mistakes but still being aggressive. I’m a naturally aggressive player and that’s one of the reasons why they like me here.”
Again, the Jets have yet to “officially” announce that Smith will start this weekend, but unofficially we all know that the Geno Smith era is upon us.