Austin Murphy summed up the struggles Geno Smith is likely to have as a pro when he wrote that it took the West Virginia quarterback "more than half the season" to master coach Dana Holgorsen's offense. NFL offenses are exponentially more complex than their college counterparts. In 2013 teams just aren't willing to babysit a top pick while he figures things out.
Nathan Wenger, Carmel, Ind.
Although I was intrigued by the article about Smith (In Geno Veritas), I was disappointed by the reference to the late Bill Stewart's offense as a "crude, simple instrument" when compared with the current "so much fun" Air Raid offense of Holgorsen. Most WVU fans would prefer crude, simple 9--4 records to so much fun 7--6 ones.
Jim Brown, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Excellent article on Marc Gasol (SCORECARD) by Rob Mahoney. I remember watching Gasol, just like I watched Penny Hardaway, when he was playing high school ball in Memphis. They both had that intuitive feel for the game. I hope Gasol stays under the radar so that the Grizzlies can keep him.
Les Shumake, Olive Branch, Miss.
One phrase from Phil Taylor's POINT AFTER on gay athletes stuck out like a relic from a less PC era: sexual preference. The more correct term is sexual orientation. The same way I never decided to be straight, my gay friends didn't have the choice of gay or straight offered to them. We are all just the way we are.
JP Holwell, Oakland