Friday, May 17, 2013
Geno Smith on agent, Garrard's retirement
By James Walker
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has been a lightning rod before, during and after the NFL draft. The media is following Smith’s every move and analyzing.
The latest will be Smith’s decision to hire a new agent. I was among several reporters who caught up with Smith this week in Los Angeles during the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event, which has seminars on the business of football and promotes community service for first-year players. At the event, Smith said he’s taking his time on selecting his next representation.
“I interviewed some guys, but there is no rush to make a decision,” Smith said. “I got a lot of time. Right now, my main focus is everything I do inside that [Jets] facility.”
There has been some speculation that Smith will pick hip-hop mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports to represent him. Smith would only say his meeting with the new agency "was good."
Smith also commented on this week’s retirement of quarterback David Garrard, who told the Jets his knee wasn’t getting any better and he had to step away.
“I texted David and I just wished him well. I know how these things are,” Smith said. “I understand he wanted to be part of the team. But his body was breaking down and he made the decision that was best for himself.”
New York’s quarterback race is now down to four: Smith, Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. The Jets are implementing a new West Coast scheme under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The quarterback who adjusts to the new offense the fastest will have the inside track.
“Mornhinweg is a guy who is going to press the issue. He wants to score points and we all want to score points,” Smith said. “It’s going to take a lot of work, and we have to make sure we’re all on the same page.”