FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The weather forecast for Sunday in Orchard Park is an unseasonably warm 57 degrees. Neverthess, the "cold" question came up Wednesday for New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who faces the prospect of four cold-weather games down the stretch.
Before the draft, Smith was labeled a poor cold-weather quarterback, probably because he struggled in his final college game -- a loss to Syracuse in a snowy Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
"I've played plenty of cold games and I don't think that was really an issue," he said Wednesday.
Smith is right. He was unfairly branded.
At West Virginia, a long way from South Beach, Smith was 4-1 when the game-time temperature was lower than 41 degrees. The lone defeat came in the Pinstripe Bowl, his only bad game in the cold. His stats in the five cold games read like this: 90-for-126 (71 percent), 1,215 yards, 10 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
So there you have it.
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