Shoot, Smith even looks back on that Orange Bowl and figures it was just a pretty good game for him.
"It was the perfect game, but if you go back and actually watch the game then you'll see that I made a lot of bad throws,'' he said. "Four touchdowns were tip passes, so I only threw two touchdowns. The team did a great job. But Geno Smith as a quarterback, if I graded myself it would be a little above average.''
So the task now is to be more than a little above average every week. In some ways, that Orange Bowl might even have a bit of a negative impact.
"The negative is that people are going to expect us to score 70 points every game,'' Smith said. "I don't know if we made it look easy or not, but that's extremely hard.''
Just as this season will be extremely hard. The final score on Saturday against Marshall isn't likely to be 70-33. Nor is the final score of any game the Mountaineers play this season likely to match that. And if that's the case, there will undoubtedly be those who will be disappointed.
Smith's not one of them, though. This team, in this conference and with this offense, isn't likely to play any 10-7 games and probably not many 24-21s either. But if they do, that's fine.
"I think as long as we win games, I think people will understand that we belong,'' Smith said. "We're not coming into this conference with the mindset that it's going to be easy, but we do have high expectations and we do know that it's going to be a long, grinding season and it's going to be grueling. It's going to test our wills and tax our bodies and our minds. But we've been testing ourselves all summer, doing things I've never done in my life.
"Who is to say they believe in us or not? The only people who control our fate and our destiny is us. The best part about football is that you can talk about it all day, but when it comes down to it it's based on what you do between the lines.''
Even if it's not perfect.
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