Smith was one of eight quarterbacks placed in the fourth -- lowest -- tier of the quarterback rankings. According to Sando, a fourth-tier group is for "unproven starters or those who might not be expected to last in the lineup all season."
One coach who was part of the poll said Smith continues to have trouble establishing himself as a pocket passer, and that he doesn't "process fast enough."
In 2014, Smith completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Football Outsiders ranked Smith 32nd overall in terms of efficiency. PFF ranked Smith 39th overall at quarterback -- just above Derek Carr and Blake Bortles. Based on Smith's two years worth of results it is hard to argue the ranking or the goodwill that Carr or Bortles might get thanks to their being rookies in 2014, even if that goodwill is completely unwarranted.
Two years in a row, Geno has been benched as a starter for uneven play only to see himself re-inserted into the lineup due to his backups getting injured, or playing as bad or worse. Geno has demonstrated some intriguing play during the two Decembers of his NFL career, but now he has to go out and prove that he can play better throughout an entire season before he's going to be bumped up in any insider/coaching rankings. With names like Matt Cassell, Brian Hoyer and Josh McCown directly ahead of him, it's not going to be hard to jump up some spots on this list, but for him to even be included on this list a year from now he has to prove that he can do more than hang onto the rung right above replacement level quarterbacking. To do that, he needs to master Chan Gailey's system -- a system Gailey is more than willing to tailor to his quarterback -- before the bullets are live in September.