Could Giants’ Geno be a successful successor to Eli?

Geno Smith

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said something shocking at this week’s owners meeting.

When asked if Geno Smith could be the Giants’ long-term replacement for Eli Manning, McAdoo responded:

“I can’t see why not. A guy that has his skill set is hard to find. You can’t find guys out there that have that type of arm talent, the quick release, the throwing motion and the feet to go with it. And he’s a competitor. It’s exciting to be able to bring a guy in and work with a guy like that and see where you can take him.

The New York Daily News is not on board:

Neither are many Twitter users:

Fox Sports’ Cameron DaSilva is skeptical:

Smith has shown very little when it comes to having the ability to be a consistent starter in the NFL. If he was good enough to be a starter for a team, the Jets would have made him that the past few years. In 33 career games, Smith has just 28 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions — not exactly a ratio you want to see from your starter.

Smith also is just 12-18 as a starter.

NJ Advance Media’s Connor Hughes thinks McAdoo will learn to distrust Smith in time:

McAdoo has only seen Smith in spurts. (Jets coach Todd) Bowles watched him every day in practice the last two years — absent the time Smith was injured. He has a pretty good understanding of the type of quarterback Smith is now. Probably better than anyone else. When asked if he thinks Smith can still be a starting quarterback in the NFL, Bowles had a bit more of a lukewarm response. “Geno can throw the ball,” Bowles said. “He can throw the ball.”

NJ Advance Media’s Dan Duggan and James Kratch break down McAdoo’s comment:

Pro Football Talk says putting faith in Smith would be a mistake:

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton said on WFAN-AM that the story is being blown out of proportion:

What do you think? Should Giants fans be nervous about McAdoo’s praise for Smith?

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