It looks like new draft pick Geno Smith is already a perfect fit for the New York Jets culture of Idiocracy.
USA Today is reporting that Smith fired his agents on Tuesday as a result of slipping down to the 39th spot in this year’s NFL Draft. Smith was under the impression he’d go in the Top 10, and — get this — apparently thought he had a very good shot at being the No. 1 overall pick.
If Smith’s agents actually mis-fed him that information, they deserved to lose their jobs. But if he actually thinks he should have been the top pick in this year’s draft and is firing them because his agents couldn’t hoodwink anybody into sharing that line of thinking — well, Mr. Smith has found the perfect landing spot.
From top to bottom, the Jets organization lives in a land of delusion.
It started with former GM Mike Tannenbaum, who thought he could trade a draft pick for Tim Tebow and get a good quarterback and not have his whole season become a media circus. (That, of course, is why he’s “former” GM Mike Tannenbaum).
Tebow — who loves himself nearly as much as the Lord — shared the same delusion by going into this thing thinking he can be a competent NFL starting quarterback. The guy can do special things on a football field — things that other teams offered to trade for him to do — but he refused those deals, sincerely believing he’s so good that some team should create its offense around him. (That, of course, is why he’s unemployed QB Tim Tebow).
There’s Mark Sanchez, who can’t wrap his mind around the concept of anyone wanting to replace him at quarterback.
There’s Jets fans themselves, who once proclaimed Sanchez “The Sanchize,” although one must admit he’s a pretty accurate reflection of the franchise as a whole.
And let us not forget Chief Idiot Rex Ryan, whose bold proclamations of “Super Bowl or Bust” give the general public so much glee when watching butt fumbles.
Geno Smith may be mad that he had to sit around in the green room looking like a fool during the draft’s first round, but at least he found the perfect uniform to continue looking like one.
The funny thing is Smith’s agents would probably still have their jobs if it weren’t for the AFC East’s only group of stumblebums more inept than the Jets — the Bills front office. Buffalo stunningly made EJ Manuel the first quarterback taken at the 16th spot, opening the door for Smith’s free-fall into the second round.
When people wonder why New England has dominated that division for the past decade, perhaps the answer has less to do with what the Patriots have done and more to do with those who surround them.