“Gun-Run” Prep Started Long AgoSeptember 5th, 2013
Rookie QB Geno Smith is starting for the Jets, and he’s going to run quite a bit on Sunday. Yes, almost every rookie QB tucks and runs a lot in his first start out of fear for his life, but Smith would be doing it anyway. That’s part of his game.
Smith was pretty much exclusively out of the shotgun when he racked up eye-opening passing stats last season at West Virginia, and Smith does not hesitate to take off, and he’ll probably have to a lot more in the NFL than against, say, Oklahoma in the Big 12.
Bucs linebacker Jonathan Casillas told Joe yesterday how the Bucs have been preparing regularly for the “gun-run” since spring. The Bucs’ next three opposing quarterbacks are Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Carson Palmer before the bye in Week 5, so surely that a big chunk of that prep was with Smith in mind.
Joe likes the Bucs’ odds if Smith starts tucking the ball repeatedly. The Bucs have plenty of speed in their front-7. Smith is no superstar runner. He should be easily contained.