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GENO: We're Not Looking Ahead

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Transcript of QB Geno Smith's Wednesday afternoon news conference.

On if he feels that he is improving…

Yeah, I feel like I’m improving. That’s pretty much the goal every single day, to go out and try to improve in some way, shape or form. I’ve been trying to do that every single game, every single day in practice. It’s been working for me, I’ve shown progress. That’s something that’s a good sign but I have to keep climbing and not focus on where I am now but where I want to be in the future.

On if there is a particular area that he feels has improved…

I just think my understanding of games, more now than maybe ever before. Just my understanding of time and situations. I’m still learning. I had an instance in the previous game where I forced the ball late in the game and it ultimately cost us. Just things I’ve been learning from and overall just getting better and having a better feel for the offense and the guys around me.

On how important is it to finish 8-8 as opposed to 6-10…

Well, right now it’s more important to get a victory this season. We’re not trying to look ahead like we’ve always said. We’re just taking this step-by-step and day-by-day.

On if he watched Baltimore’s game on Monday…

I didn’t watch it. I saw when I got into the building the next day. I really didn’t have much thought on it. We hate to put ourselves in the position where another team controls our destiny but that’s the way it was. Now we just have to focus on this week and this game.

On how important it is to win at home this weekend…

Yeah, it’s very important. We have done well at home this year but we have to continue that. We have another home game left and obviously we want to win it and kind of leave our fans with something to smile about going into the offseason. We have to take it one step at a time and it started today in practice. I think we had a really good practice today, guys were sharp and bouncing around. We have to do that again tomorrow. 

On what he will focus on improving during the offseason…

I don’t know yet. Right now, I’m so focused on this game that I’m not even looking ahead.

On if the interception on Sunday was him straying from the game plan…

I just think it was a bad decision. You can say that, but overall if I make that throw, if I make the right decision we’re not sitting here talking about it. It’s just another instance for me to learn, something I can learn from and gain knowledge from. That’s exactly what I’m taking it as.

On if he thinks he will be the starter in 2014…

I’m not focused on next year. I have a game coming up this Sunday and that’s more important than anything outside of what I’m focused on. This is another one-game season for us and we want to go 1-0 this week.

On how tough it is to have as many interceptions as he does…

It’s not tough to take, it’s in the past. I’m not worried about it. I’m focused on improving on that, and it starts this week.

On if he has another moment in his career where he has struggled…

Yeah, sure. Every single year you are going to have obstacles, you’re going to have ups and downs. The key thing is that you continue to plug at it and you continue to work and keep getting better. That’s something that’s pretty much contagious around here. Every single guy in this locker room has that same mindset and that’s really good to see. We’re all improving together. 

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