There’s something wrong with this picture. No, not that Geno Smith wants to present himself professionally and wears three-piece suits to his postgame interviews. No, not that he often ditches the suit once he’s done and wears sweats for the plane ride home. No, not that he stands at a podium in front of reporters wearing floral socks — yes, yes, that’s it exactly. That is what’s wrong with this picture.
The Wall Street Journal has published another one of its interesting looks at the inside of sports, and the focus this time is on how members of the Jets try to put their best foot forward after games. For Smith, though, those feet may not have shoes on them.
Smith explained that he tries to dress to the nines because he knows cameras are going to be on him when he gives postgame comments. In fact, he knows so well where the cameras are going to be pointed that he doesn’t bother wearing shoes. He talked to the media last week “in blue socks with a beige floral pattern,” according to the article.
“I knew I was going to be switching [into sweats], and I knew you guys weren’t going to be shooting at my feet,” he explained.
Smith started dressing up after being advised to do so by the team’s public relations staff. He said he wants to have “a businesslike attitude.”
“He thinks he’s GQ,” one rookie told the Wall Street Journal.
Third-string quarterback David Garrard, once a starter himself, said signal callers “are kind of like CEOs of the organization” and should dress appropriately.
For Smith, that appears to be pulling out all the stops — minus the kicks.
Heck, if he’s just playing to the cameras, he could come out in a jacket and shorts next time. It wouldn’t be the most dubious of Jets fashion choices.
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