Embattled Jets quarterback Geno Smith turned down a chance on Sunday at the Yankee game to discuss recent critical comments made by veteran guard Willie Colon, who said it’s on Smith this season to play a much bigger role in the team’s success and to mature in order to lead the team, Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News reports.
“We bought the Porsche; we’ve given him the keys; he can’t crash it,” Colon said during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. “Bottom line, he can’t crash it. We need him to be on top of his game. We’re doing everything we can as an offensive line to make him comfortable back there.”
Smith was greeted with boos when he was shown on the jumbotron as he attended the Yankees’ 6-2 win over the Angels in the Bronx. He offered a terse “no comment” when asked about Colon’s remarks during the seventh inning.
When asked if he felt any added pressure because of the remarks, the signal-caller just shook his head.
Coming off a 4-12 season, the Jets have added more weapons on offense this year, primarily with the signing of former Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to help him reach his potential.
Now, his teammates, led by Colon, are expecting Smith, the probable starter, to make big strides this season.