Thursday, July 18, 2013

Geno Smith in the Zone Read? Bad Idea, But Not Why You'd Think

(Originally posted at

As previously reported here at Jets 101 among other sources, the New York Jets are considering using Geno Smith in a zone-read package to get him on the field if he doesn't win the starting job. The majority of media outlets are bashing the Jets for even contemplating using Smith this way, pointing to his poor college rushing stats as evidence that this is a bad idea.

While that argument has some merit, the inclusion of sack yardage in those statistics as pointed out by Jets 101’s Donald Lappe skews those numbers greatly. Between that realization and Smith’s 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, you could actually argue that this package might be somewhat effective, especially in comparison to how ineffective the Jets traditional offense projects to be. (For more of this article, please visit the link above)

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