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Jets' Geno Smith Fires Agents, Indicates Decision Was Not Solely Because Of NFL Draft
Published May 1, 2013
WAS SMITH LED ASTRAY? CBS Sports Network's Doug Gottlieb said for agents to "land a client like Geno Smith, you have to fill him full of bull and tell him, 'We think you can be the No. 1 pick.'" But CBS Sports Net's Allie LaForce said, "Then when you're wrong, it's all your fault. Shouldn't you have more responsibility as an agent in letting him know his realistic options?" Gottlieb: "I would say it all depends on the agent/player relationship" ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 4/30). SportsNet N.Y.'s Adam Schein said, "Some people say it shows immaturity. I say he was with some of the worst agents in the NFL" ("Loudmouths," SNY, 4/30). Meanwhile, ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck noted there has been "plenty of talk about and questions over how Geno Smith handles ... adversity, handles the heat." If he dismissed his agents because of the Draft experience, then it is "not a good sign." Hasselbeck: "It didn't matter who his agent was, the fact is teams are picking who they've evaluated and who they want. They're not picking a guy because of who represents him" ("NFL 32," ESPN2, 4/30).