by Aaron Wilson
December 12, 02013
New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith is a man, not a robot.
He wasn't playing so naturally, though, for much of his rookie season while leading the NFL with 23 turnovers.
“I was playing like a robot,” Smith said. “Everything is not ideal on the field. Sometimes you’ve got to improvise.”
Smith improved his play against the Oakland Raiders, rushing for a touchdown and 50 yards in a 37-27 win.
“I think I kind of got into this zone where I just tried to be way too perfect,” Smith said. “And that’s almost impossible to do at any level, especially as a rookie. There were times where I was so caught up in running the play and executing it to perfection that I didn’t allow my natural ability to take over.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he may have overemphasized being cautious to the former West Virginia star.
“When you look back on it, maybe I did a poor job of that, just stressing that,” Ryan said. “Maybe that took away from us a little bit.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.