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Geno Smith's 'Divaness' Not Exactly Unique For An NFL Quarterback

By: The Football Girl | Posted: May 07, 2013

“He’s a diva.” “He’s a bad leader.” “He lacks maturity.” “He blew off autograph seekers.”  “He” is a young quarterback named Cam Newton and he sure sounds a lot like Jets rookie QB Geno Smith these days.

Yet unlike Newton, Smith is already being written off before he takes his first snap of rookie minicamp, which begins Friday. In a situation clearly heightened by the position and the neon lights of his new team, Smith has been thrust under the microscope. Judgment day has arrived quickly and Smith is already characterized as a problem.  But here’s a crazy thought, especially for a New York athlete: How about we wait for Smith to be a terrible quarterback before writing him just because he may have offended a few NFL executives were offended during the pre-draft process?

Said one unnamed source in an exclusive to Yahoo Sports! 

"His [Smith’s] biggest problem is that he doesn't know what he doesn't know," said a league executive, who spent extensive time assessing Smith before the draft. "I'm not sure he knows how to take instruction because he pretty much wouldn't listen or talk to our coaches … he's talented. He can sling it, he can fit it into tight spots, he can do a lot of things and I think he wants to be good. But you can't tell him anything right now. He's tuned out because he thinks he's got it all down."

So Smith's a 22 year-old kid with a successful college career who thinks he knows best? Arrest him immediately!

There has been more acute reporting about Smith’s antics, most notably that he was texting friends during pre-draft visits, a charge Smith denies. If true, that’s annoying and yes, makes him a bit divaish but it certainly doesn’t mean we should write him off.

Smith, after being drafted by the Jets on April 26th.

Cam Newton’s wrap sheet is far more extensive than Smith’s. Not only is he all of the things mentioned above but don’t forget he entered the NFL in scandalous fashion. Newton’s father and a Mississippi State player were probed for recruiting violations which involving seeking money from Auburn for Newton’s services out of junior college.  The NCAA ultimately found no violations but a dark cloud still surrounded Newton.  His rookie season was statistically spectacular, but capped by a Pro Bowl where he alienated fans and fellow players. Newton followed with a year of inconsistent play. His leadership was so putrid that WR Steve Smith had to tell him to stop sulking during a September 20th loss to the Giants. Even Newton’s father publicly said his son needs an attitude adjustment.  Yet no one has really contemplated releasing or trading Newton just because he’s a super diva. He’s a super player who gives his team the best chance to win football games. So does Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and a number of lesser quarterbacks who have received the diva label at one time or another.

Geno Smith may be the worst human on the face of the Earth, a mega diva who wouldn’t give a Make-a-Wish kid the time of day. I have no clue and neither do you. What we do know is Smith has talent. He knows how to run an offense. He can be accurate. As our unnamed executive above said, “he can fit it into tight spots.”  He also isn’t a guy who screams “special” like the few heavenly quarterbacks who entered the league last season.

In all likelihood, Smith may the best option the Jets have right now. And that may end up to mean terrible. But how about we let him be terrible on the field and then pile on instead of destroying his career before it begins?


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