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Geno Smith "Confutative", Leadership / Intelligence / My evaluation of Geno Smith (pocket matrix) 'Part 5'

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Leadership

There has been rumblings from fans that suggest that Geno Smith has poor leadership. Opinion tends to be oriented around his reaction to losing in their last bowl game. Mostly centered around his responds to a safety and him not getting the call for tripping by a defender. I took a different spin from that.... kinda what I heard from "football coach talk".... "if you find yourself a guy who is ok with losing then you have found yourself a loser". Geno Smith looked irate and I kinda liked that moment. Kinda reminded me of Peyton Manning going off on the sidelines.

Geno Smith while at WVU would often watch film. And that doesn't sound like a revelation to know that your quarterback watched film. What is interesting is that him and the offensive coaches would often watch film all the way up to 7pm.............AFTER a game earlier that day. I heard about this two years ago, about how he would text his teammates things that they saw on film and plays they came up to counter things..... this went on all week. The point is he was engaged with his team. He took personnel ownership of his team and he knew his schemes and players inside and out.

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Intelligence

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Grouped with other students classified as gifted, Smith was taught an advanced curriculum emphasizing creativity and the arts. He wrote stories and poetry, acted in the school’s production of "The Nutcracker" and competed in chess tournaments. In fifth grade, he won an oratorical contest reciting work by the poet Langston Hughes. But he enjoyed sketching cartoon characters the most.

A critic and an ally, Smith’s grandmother exhibited his artwork on the refrigerator. She expected quality in whatever he did, but displayed anything he made.

With an impressive portfolio by seventh grade, Smith was admitted to Norland Middle School’s magnet program, which dedicated two hours a day to arts instruction. There, Smith thrived, drawing with pencils and charcoal. Painting with pastels and acrylic paints required touch, foresight and patience. Minor mistakes could nullify hours of work. No matter what tools he employed, he was a perfectionist.

"He was an extremely talented student with a natural drawing ability," Gerald Obregon wrote in an e-mail. For two years, he and another teacher, Linda Atkinson, were Smith’s art instructors. Obregon added: "The quality of his drawings was more advanced than your average 13-, 14-year-old. It was actually on par with a college freshman in art school."

Smith’s observation skills were particularly profound; he could capture the subtleties and emotions of the human face, Atkinson said. He drew details that some older artists overlooked or lacked the skill to portray. What jumped out were his characters’ eyes, which seemed life like.

Now having a gifted artistic touch may not seem like a big asset. But I think creativity is one of the most underrated aspects of the position. What element of intelligence is called upon more once the ball is snapped? Too see the possibilities and have the creativity to exploit them is another aspect of intelligence that goes beyond slide rulers and calculators. Regardless of how well you can throw a football, part of reading a defense isn't just x and o's. It is the ability to perceive a opportunity in the passing game and the creativity to exploit it.

This element of creativity in my mind defines the difference between Troy Aikman and Dan Marino. Both of them had strong arms and both of them are very accurate. But it is that element of innate creativity and instinctive that separates them as passers...... a element that Geno Smith on film in my opinion displays.... example. Considering not just the deep ball ability but his effectiveness in the Red Zone..... 34 TD 1 interception 1 sack for his career and those stats match film. .... reflected by a wide variety of passes in a short area. (Aaron Rodgers)

15............16.............15...........these are the Wonderlick scores of Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw and Jim Kelly. Marino and Kelly ran dynamic offensive schemes with no huddle concepts way ahead of the game. Kelly and Marino where extremely intelligent football players and Terry Bradshaw was very successfully (can't speak on him because i didn't watch him). So while these men weren't the sharpest guys based on what we view as "smart". That didn't impact creativity in the passing game and their perspective on what a good decision in the passing game was best during any given play.

The major point here is that as a football player creativity could very well be the MOST desired aspect of intelligence needed from a quarterback. I have never really heard of a quarterback that failed because they sent him into the game and he didn't know the plays lol. ..... Again I am speaking to the tone of the question>> "can he learn a NFL playbook". I think that this question is way over blown and in reality there really isn't much of a precedence for this being a issue in the modern football era..... and even with that being said it takes the creativity to use a tool to its max potential.

Designed his own plays in high school

Holgorsen said. At Miramar, Smith had designed his own plays

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My pocket command grading system and how it relates to Geno Smith?

Quarterback success/fail rate is directly related to the "Pocket Skills Matrix" illustrated below

These are failed to under achieving to good quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2001 and what i saw as their issues or strengths after the snap from the pocket. This is only referencing pocket skills NOT what happens after the ball leaves their hands. Note the more issues they have the more tendency to be a bust. Note the less issues they have the better they tend to pan out as players. Again this is my opinion but some may find a lot of truth in this. Quarterback / had issues with (using pocket skills matrix above) I don’t consider fails with # 4 or 5 to be that big of a deal.. but failures in 1 2 or 3 to be critical and flat out no recovery from these weaknesses in order to be great. numbers indicate areas of weakness.

B. Do they have dynamic pocket command? … as defined by the following

1. Able to maintain eye level down field regardless of what is happening (feel the rush not look at the rush). Can a passer slide in the pocket and climb the pocket while NOT looking at the rush at all.

2. Can a passer maintain his passing profile (ready to throw it and remain on balance) and if extending the play by moving can they reload (get back on balance)

3. Does a passers level of play drop off significantly when they are pressured? Or can a passer maintain a high level of play vs pressure.

4. (bonus) have the ability to extend the play.

5. (bonus) have the ability to make plays with their legs.

A number by their name means questionable to fail for that dynamic......... This isn't fact this is my attempt at articulating what I see. Reminder this is ONLY pocket skills in this section

David Carr / 1 2 3 4 5

Joey Harrington / 1 3 4 5

Alex Smith / 1 3

Patrick Ramsey /1 3 4 5

Carson Palmer / 3 4 5

Byron Leftwich / 3 4 5

Eli Manning /

Philip Rivers / 4 5

Ben Roethlisberger /

J.P. Losman / 1 2 3

Jason Campbell / 3

Micheal Vick / 1 3

Vince Young / 1 2 3

JaMarcus Russell / 1 2 3 4 5

Brady Quinn / 1 3

Matt Ryan / 3 4 5

Joe Flacco / 3

Matthew Stafford / 4 5

Mark Sanchez / 1 3 4

Josh Freeman / 3

Sam Bradford / 3 4

Tim Tebow / 2 3

Cam Newton /

Jake Locker / not enough snaps to evaluate

Blaine Gabbert / 1 2 3 4

Christian Ponder / 1 3

Jay Cutler / 3

Andrew Luck / 3

Colin Kaepernick /

Robert Griffin III /

Russell Wilson /

Andy Dalton / 2

Aaron Rodgers /

Peyton Manning /

Tom Brady /

Matt Barkley / 2 3 4 5

Ryan Nassib / 2 3

E J Manuel / 1 2

Mike Glennon / 2 3 4 5

Tyler Wilson / 1 2 3 4 5

Geno Smith /

I didn't list everyone... just enough for most to get the pattern. If you can't excel at this aspect of quarterbacking you will struggle. This isn't fact, this is me simply trying to find a way to articulate what I am seeing on film.

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A. does a quarterback throw with anticipation with accuracy?

Being able to throw the football is important. However this is not as unique as some may think. Let me put it this way, throwing the football accurately is not unique. Throwing with accuracy and anticipation is a different ball of wax all together.

In order for a quarterback to be able to effectively throw with anticipation they NEED to be able too excel in at 1 and 2 under......... B

B. Do they have dynamic pocket command? … as defined by the following

1. Able to maintain eye level down field regardless of what is happening (feel the rush not look at the rush). Can a passer slide in the pocket and climb the pocket while NOT looking at the rush at all.

2. Can a passer maintain his passing profile (ready to throw it and remain on balance) and if extending the play by moving can they reload (get back on balance)

NO MATTER how well you can throw a football it doesn't matter if you fail in these 2 anticipation dependent skill sets. Just ask this guy who if it was up to him he would be the number one pick in the draft.Look at him in a game situation without the ability too excel at 1 and 2 the ability to throw the football is trumped by the ability to remain calm while doing so.

Let me put it in video game terms, if your quarterback throw accuracy is 99 but he fails at 1 and 2 then his game time throw accuracy vs pressure will be lower lets say 65. Yet the guy who is rated 85 throw accuracy that can deal with pressure accuracy only drops to 81 vs pressure...... then consider than half of the snaps in the NFL involve pressure and well.... there you go (I hated using that Madden analogy).

Throwing with accuracy and anticipation is a symbiotic skill set with responds to pressure as it relates to 1 and 2 on the pocket command matrix.

Geno Smith grades out very high as a anticipation thrower from the film study I have done. With unique at times ball placement in the red zone and fade routes. What I would say holds him back from being a higher level talent is the lack unique physical abilities / traits. But whatever team picks him up their offense will improve dramatically.... red zone.... 3rd down... points per game... all of those areas will go up.

Two years ago I had a conversation with a friend about Geno Smith while I was watching his sophomore game vs Marshall. I said he had the best Command in the pocket that I had ever seen from a player that young. I stored that away in the back of my mind as I listen to the media say to polar opposite..... in disbelief. I don't think Geno Smith is the perfect prospect. I think he has strengths that match what the NFL game is now. And that he may not be Tom Brady but that he is way undervalued comparing his skill sets to resent first round quarterbacks. The media as a whole only know how to talk about this prospect from the perspective of .......

>>> 1. wins and losses

>>> 2. conference they played in, teams they played for or against

>>> 3. type of offensive system they ran

>>> 4. stats

...............Be very weary when arguments are strictly based on these. Because none of these considerations hold merit with out film for context.

I paid very close attention to the news coming out of Jets camp. I paid attention to how the narrative was changed after OTA's. At one point the story line was how both quarterbacks looked relatively even based on minute by minute reports. Then a few weeks goes by and it turned into how Sanchez is so much further ahead of Smith..... media shaping the narrative at its best. Or how the media suggested that EJ Manuel (the guy who played at Florida State) was a better QB for Buffalo because they believed he played better in the cold because of course "did you see Geno Smith in the Pin Stripe Bowl?" Even when facts dispute this narrative (you know ..........reality)

The loss to Syracuse was the only loss of his career in games where the temperature was under 41 degrees. In fact, Smith completed over 70 percent of his passes for more than 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns without throwing a pick in those five games

There is a very large divided between many of the things talked about in the Media and the reality of this player..... not the perfect prospect. But no where near as flawed as some suggest.

Thank you for reading

Thank you for the Jets fans that sent me emails and messages and You Tube requesting me to post this here.

Interesting posts that some may enjoy.

Smith, Barkley, Glennon, and Wilson metric break down

Accuracy in perspective

Lewin Career Forcast

And of course the most important thing to consider......

What if Superman Punched you?

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