Can anyone help me understand this one? I read on a news site that the Jets are looking at running a group of read option plays for Geno Smith this year in a package for him to get on the field if he doesn't start.
I know he ran well at the combine, but all through his college career he was a pocket QB. Looking at the college numbers he's about 2600 rushing yards and 53 TD's short of Tim Tebow (not to mention with a 1.4 YPA).
If there was one thing Tebow did well, it was run the read option. He did it as well as anyone ever has for 4 years in college. He did it well enough to get Denver into the playoffs. It obviously wasn't a useful weapon for the Jets last year.
Why spend time teaching Geno this rather than the regular playbook as a drop back passer to get him ready to be an NFL starting QB? Why put him out there on a play designed to get him hit (either running up the middle, or trying to draw defenders to hit him after he hands off the ball)?
Can anyone make sense of this?