Geno Smith, the Jets’ second-round pick in the 2013 draft, as fired his agents. Image Credit: Associated Press
The last four years under Rex Ryan and his unfulfilled Super Bowl guarantees, we’ve learned that the Jets are the land of unreasonable expectations. And it looks like his new quarterback is going to fit right in. Geno Smith, who the Jets drafted in the second round (No. 39 overall), has fired his agents because he wasn’t taken No. 1 overall.
Smith was considered the top quarterback in the 2013 class, and was in the running to be taken with the first overall pick before the Chiefs traded for Alex Smith. But, he took a big tumble on draft day, wasn’t drafted in the first round and he wasn’t even the first quarterback off the board (Buffalo took Florida State QB EJ Manuel at No. 16).
The expectations that must have gotten in his head have led him to fire his agents- even though sporting agents have very little to do with whether or not a team drafts a player. That is really up to the player, based on how well they’ve played and whether or not the team needs a player at the position they play. Kansas City had already dealt for Alex Smith, so it was unrealistic to think that Geno Smith would have gone off the board with the top selection.
Geno Smith is already at the proverbial fork in the road, without having played a single down in the NFL. He can either use this as motivation to prove he should have been the No. 1 overall pick…. or he can sulk, blame others (like he’s already done by firing his agents), let it affect his play, and become just another side show in the New York Jets’ circus. Ball’s in your court, Mr. Smith.
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