Todd Bowles is quickly finding out what it's like to be the coach of the New York Jets: You get a lot of quarterback-related questions from the media.
One day after his introductory news conference, Bowles made an appearance Thursday morning on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike Show. Once again, Bowles was non-committal on Geno Smith, although he was more expansive (and complimentary) of Smith's upside.
"I've only seen very little of him," Bowles said. "He's got a lot of talent and a lot of promise. Remember, he's only played two years. We're going to get in and look at all the games [on film] and see what he does well. You've got to sit down and talk to him, and get a chance to see him live and in person before I make those kind of conclusions."
Bowles agreed that the quarterback position is an open slate. There are only two quarterbacks under contract -- Smith and Matt Simms -- so it's not like he can declare Smith his opening-day starter. We all know there will be one or two significant quarterback additions in the coming months, via free agency and/or the draft.
"It won't be fair to say he is or isn't the quarterback," Bowles said of Smith. "Geno, obviously, is a heck of a football player, but there are things we've got to evaluate and judge as a whole team. It's not just Geno. It's everybody. He's the focus because he's the quarterback, but everybody is going to be judged the same way. It's an open slate on everybody coming in."