Somebody grab Geno Smith a tissue.
Unless you have been living under a rock during the past week, you’ve heard that Geno Smith, the former West Virginia Mountaineer Quarterback, wasn’t selected in the first round. What a tragedy. Poor Smith had to settle for a second round selection to by the New York Jets instead. Get the emergency crews on Ready Five, because judging by the way Mr. Smith handled the situation, Armageddon is about to befall on the city of Whinerville, where Smith is the mayor.
Smith hasn’t exactly been handling the whole quarterbacking and leadership thing too well so far. In fact, it has been downright embarrassing.
He cried…I mean spoke out rather harshly on Twitter against writer Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Report who said, “He wasn’t a student of the game, does not command respect of teammates, and cannot inspire” among other “hurtful” and “mean” things.
Be careful what you say Nolan, because you might actually hurt Geno’s feelings.
Get the popcorn ready Jets fans. If Smith thinks your media outlets in New York are going to be any easier on him, he probably has another temper tantrum coming.
Smith wasn’t done yet though. Now there are tales of him firing his agents because he wasn’t drafted in the first round (which Smith reportedly denies as the reasoning). Regardless of the reason, I have a feeling his agents won’t miss Smith’s belly aching and the constant lying to him about his potential first round draft stock any longer.
It would be easy, and probably unfair, for any reasonable fan of the league to only look at the recent shenanigans displayed by Smith over the course of the last few weeks and label him with a poor attitude. In all fairness to Smith, we should examine his performance on the field during arguably the most critical period of his collegiate career at West Virginia — the three game stretch between November 3rd and November 17th last season. After losing two games against Texas Tech and Kansas State, where Smith threw for a whopping 59% completion percentage and 420 total yards, Smith’s Mountaineers went 0-3 losing games to TCU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.
Smith, in particular, played bad enough in that winless month to assure himself an uninvite to the Downtown Athletic Club in December for the Heisman trophy ceremony. Throwing for an average of 270 yards and a 60% completion percentage against a five game stretch of top level Big 12 competition won’t impress any Heisman Trophy voter, let alone an NFL front office selecting in the first round.
Sometimes the truth hurts. Instead of grabbing him a tissue, maybe we should send a box of Pampers and a dose of reality up to Team Geno Smith in Whinerville with this message: Get over it.
BY AARON BRATKA ON MAY 2, 2013