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Posted by on May 9th, 2013 in blog, CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus | No Comments

For those that didn’t watch the NFL draft, to see Geno Smith waiting to get drafted was, well, painful to say the least.

There has been much speculation as to why he plummeted to the second round, when many had him a Top 10 pick.

As it turns out the reason may be another example of a generation that has lost its “face to face” communication skills. I have heard that sports is just a microcosm of society as a whole. If this is true, this is a telling story of what can happen when we become so narcissistic we lose our ability to have face time with our potential future employer.

In a recent story by Jason Cole on Yahoo Sports, several NFL front office personnel tell the story of Geno Smith being consumed with his cell phone and texting during key points in the interview process. Here are some excerpts from Jason’s article.

“His biggest problem is that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know,” said a league executive, who spent extensive time assessing Smith before the draft. “I’m not sure he knows how to take instruction because he pretty much wouldn’t listen or talk to our coaches … he’s talented. He can sling it, he can fit it into tight spots, he can do a lot of things and I think he wants to be good. But you can’t tell him anything right now. He’s tuned out because he thinks he’s got it all down.”

“He doesn’t have much presence, not much of a leader,” said another league executive, who spent a great deal of time studying Smith before the draft. “I don’t think he’s a bad person, but that’s not enough to be a quarterback in this league.”

Two sources indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone. Instead of being engaged with team officials, he would be texting friends or reading Twitter or a number of other distracting activities.

“All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself,” one of the sources said. “That’s not what you want out of your quarterback.”

I have been guilty of this myself; however in this case, it appears it cost Geno Smith millions of dollars. We may want to rethink staying “connected”…….


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