Sheridan Granted Geno Smith’s Dying WishSeptember 10th, 2013
Joe saw the Bucs blitz Jets rookie QB Geno Smith over and over and over again on Sunday. But the Bucs didn’t bring the heat on Smith on what turned out to be the final play of the Jets offense. (Here’s the video.)
The Bucs sent a three-man rush with Lavonte David behind them spying Smith. Why? Only Bill Sheridan and Greg Schiano can answer that.
What the Bucs did do was grant Smith’s dying wish. USA Today talked to Jets guard Willie Colon, who said Smith was poised before the final drive and said he only needed the heat off him to be successful.
They were also out of timeouts.
As Smith trotted onto the field with these circumstances at the end of the first regular-season game of his NFL career, the Jets rookie quarterback issued a directive to veteran guard Willie Colon.
“Just give me some extra time,” he demanded.
“I got you,” Colon shot back.
“He didn’t caught up in the moment,” Colon offered.
Where were you when he said it? Who else was there? Did he say anything else?
“It’s not a movie,” Colon countered, a bit exasperated. “This was not Rudy or Remember The Titans.”
It’s just ironic that the Bucs entered the Jets game with a plan to pressure the rookie QB relentlessly but abandoned the plan on the Jets’ final offensive play.
David did not contain Smith, and the QB scampered 10 yards to the sideline before David’s now famous personal foul. But even without the 15-yard penalty, the Jets have a shot at a 63-yard field goal, plus enough time (15 seconds) for another play to the sidelines to get more yardage.
Smith needs to not only send a thank you note to David but to the Bucs’ defensive playcaller, as well.