Stephen A. Smith Says Trevor Lawrence Should Tell Jets 'Hell No'

JP-Priester

Trevor Lawrence has never been one much for looking too far ahead into the future.

However, on Tuesday the junior quarterback for Clemson was asked about his future beyond this season and Lawrence said he couldn't totally rule out the possibility of returning to Clemson. This coming about six weeks after saying he was planning on this being his final season of college football.

Lawrence was long ago anointed the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and is on pace to graduate in December. With it starting to look like the New York Jets will have that first pick in April, Lawrence has started to get a ton of unsolicited career advice from national media about what he should or should not do after the season. 

One of those media personalities is ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. On a recent episode of First Take, Smith said Lawrence should take the same route Eli Manning did after wrapping up his college career as a quarterback at Ole Miss.

"This is Trevor Lawrence OK," Smith said. "And that dude, playing for my brother Dabo Swinney, he's supposed to want to come to the New York Jets? Hell no. Be just like Eli Manning. You sit up there and say, 'Hell no, I'm not coming to the New York Jets, and if that is the specter of my future, I would rather stay right here in college and wait another year and risk the potential of injury before I go play for that moribund pathetic franchise.'"

The Jets franchise has fallen on hard times in recent years. They haven't won a Super Bowl since 1969 and have had just one winning season since 2010. 

Currently, the Jets are sitting at 0-7 behind an anemic offense that has scored just 85 points all season. Quarterback Sam Darnold, taken third overall in the 2018 draft, seems to have regressed more so than progressed, and Smith says it just isn't the ideal organization for a rookie quarterback of Lawrence's stature to come in and be able to thrive under.

"The New York Jets are an atrocity, they are an abomination right now," Smith said. "They've got the worst offense in football. Worst in points scored, worst in yards accumulated, worst passing attack. You got a 23-year old quarterback completing 58 percent of his passes that is regressing, clearly because of the environment around him. And oh, by the way, your leading rusher who's averaging 3.7  yards a carry.... 37-year old Frank Gore. This is the New York Jets that we're talking about here."

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Robert65
Robert65

Could not have said it any better.

wondrinfree
wondrinfree

The problem is that being the first pick means that he is going to go to the worst team. If not the Jets this year then the worst team next year, which still might be the Jets.
Delaying for a year really doesn't change anything except that it shows that Lawrence is not confident that he can lift a losing team, be it the Jets or next year's losers.

HalloFameCoach1978
HalloFameCoach1978

Steven a smith shows in his comments that HE clearly can only flourish when surrounded by talent, as he is now, and doesn’t have it in him to be the transformative leader, that clearly Trevor could be for the NY Jets. If Trevor is as good as we all think? Then go to NY and play in literally the greatest city in the world, with the greatest fan loyalty in all of sports, and he will live on eternally in football circles. Why play it safe? But S.A.S. doesn’t get that, which is fine. It’s why others can jump well above the play it safe types!

HalloFameCoach1978
HalloFameCoach1978

That approach? Never works. It will reveal SO much to other teams and coaches about his confidence in his own talent.

Tarts Tips
Tarts Tips

So stay in school n cost himself 10-30 million ( depending how good his career is) in career earnings ....um...NO!


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