New York Jets general manager John Idzik addressed two recent off-the-field incidents involving quarterback Geno Smith, saying that part of Smith's job is "acting like a Jet."
Idzik made the comments Saturday at a Jets-related promotional event at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Idzik said he is not concerned about Smith's judgment but wanted to make it clear that the team will not tolerate embarrassing behavior by any player.
"No, I don't view any free passes," Idzik said. "We hold our players to a high standard -- on the field and off the field. That's part of acting like a Jet. It's not only playing like a Jet, it's acting like a Jet. Everyone understands that."
Smith was recently involved in an altercation with a flight attendant at Los Angeles International Airport. There were reports that Smith was forced off the plane before a flight because he refused to turn off his cell phone, but the airline -- Virgin America -- later apologized to Smith for the misunderstanding.
Before that incident, an Atlanta woman who claimed she had an affair with Smith posted a lewd photo on Instagram that she alleged to be of him.
"When you're a quarterback in the NFL and you're a quarterback for a franchise in a big market such as New York, all eyes are on you 24/7," Idzik said. "I think Geno is experiencing this first-hand. Obviously, I've kept in close contact with him. This is part of learning how to deal with these things.
"We've addressed them, he's addressed them, so (I have) no real concerns that way. It's just how to deal with your celebrity and the visibility that goes along with that position."
Smith would not comment about the airplane incident. He previously issued a statement accepting Virgin America's apology.
Smith said he has spoken to coach Rex Ryan about dealing with being a celebrity.
"Rex basically explained that he and I, because of the position we're in -- head coach and quarterback -- we're looked at differently," Smith said. "I understand and I knew that prior to the conversation, but it's always good to get more light from him. He was understanding, so it was all good."
Smith said he understands the scrutiny he is under and that he is not worried about staying out of potentially-dangerous situations.
"It's not a big deal," he said. "I just have to continue to do things that got me here, which is be myself. I'm not a trouble maker, I'm not a bad person and I don't do things that get me in trouble."
Smith had his ups and downs on the field as a rookie in 2013. He kept his job all season despite throwing 21 interceptions as the Jets finished 8-8.
Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez, who missed all of 2013 after having shoulder surgery, is also recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, according to ESPN. He is expected to be available for offseason workouts.
Sanchez is due to receive a $2 million roster bonus in March and he will count $13.1 million toward the salary cap. Idzik would not comment on his future with the Jets but they are expected to cut ties with him.