Last week Willie Colon made a few comments that were understandable and factually accurate. The Jets have upgraded the offense over the last two years and now it's up to Geno as the teams QB to really come through and make this team competitive. It was probably wiser to keep the comments in house, but with the New York media, sometimes that's a luxury you can't afford.
Geno was asked today about the comments and how he felt:
"I had no response [to them]. I talk to Willie a lot. We talk a lot about team camaraderie and what we can do to help out this locker room by not saying things in the media. Willie is a veteran player, so he understands this. Mostly, I thought what he said was the right thing to say, just not in that text. I don't see anything wrong with it."
Colon spoke yesterday confirming that he misspoke and didn't mean anything by it. He didn't expect it to blow up quite as much as it did, but if you think there is any animosity between the veteran guard and the Jets signal caller, you'd be wrong:
"Me knowing Willie and knowing the way that he talks, I know what he meant," Smith said. "I don't think he meant anything harmful. I don't think he meant to say anything negative. But at the same time, Willie and I talked that night, and everything is good.
"I think what he said was that we need to be on top of our game, and I need to be on top of my game, and I believe that that's true. I think what he said, in that regard, wasn't wrong."
I didn't have a problem with what Colon said, I had a problem it was public but what he said was logical. It's the same with every single team in this league. Regardless of the talent you have, the QB can win or lose you a game. Historically Geno Smith has lost us a lot of games and won very few, so you can't argue with the sentiment protrayed by Colon.
Colon wants him to take the next step, Bowles said it was time for him to take the next step and Geno agrees:
"I agree," Smith said. "I believe that we've all got to take the next step. We've all got to raise our level of play. Me, as the quarterback, my game has got to be on point every single week. That's something that we all know. Having a good quarterback has a direct correlation to winning in this league."