Sunday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. New York Giants

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Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) steps out of bounds to avoid a safety as he is pressured by New York Giants middle linebacker Mark Herzlich (58) in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

This is a special Sunday Morning Quarterback, as I was at MetLife Stadium to watch it, thanks to our friends at the “Road To MetLife Stadium” preferred blogger program. They set me up with excellent seats on field level along the goal line. Thanks to Shane Arman and company for the opportunity.

Now let’s talk about the game.

The Jets won it, 24-21 in OT, bringing the Snoopy trophy over to our side. Yes, the trophy is very cute, but anyone who watched the game last night knows there is quite a bit to talk about.

It was Geno Smith’s time to shine, and did he have his moments? Sure he did. But he was very, very, inconsistent. He has a lot of talent, but he just isn’t ready to lead an NFL football team, not yet. His second drive of the game was excellent, ending with a TD pass to Ben Obomanu. However, he threw 3 interceptions on the night, 2 of them being particularly bad. The first one, Ryan Spadola got outmuscled for the ball, it happens. The second and third were not good at all. Bad decisions. He also needs to show more self-awareness, not stepping on the backline of the endzone. That comes with experience, knowing exactly where he is on the field in those situations.

Geno finished the game 16-30 passing for 199 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs.

However, Geno Smith may have won the QB competition by default, pending the result of Mark Sanchez’s MRI. For some strange reason, Mark was in the ball game late. What the heck was Rex Ryan thinking about? Yes he needed reps, but why not in the third quarter? The second and third string defense was in the game for the Giants. These are the guys that are fighting for a spot on the roster, essentially fighting for their football lives.

They are going to be coming at the quarterback as hard as any starter, and likely harder. They brought it to Mark, and he left the game with a shoulder injury. As of the writing of this post, we don’t know the severity of the injury, we will bring more detail as soon as it becomes available.

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) makes a one handed grab against New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

On the defensive side of the ball, I came to a conclusion. We should start a cartoon here at the site, and call it “Captain PI!” The star would obviously be the guy to the left, Mr. Kyle Wilson. Just when you might have thought he was turning the corner, he played like he did last night. 4 pass interference penalties? Seriously? Kyle, what part of turn and look for the football, don’t you understand?

If you are going to just look at the wide receiver, you are going to get called for pass interference every single time. Maybe if Kyle spent less time wagging his finger and more working on technique, we wouldn’t be having this problem.

There were some highs, will talk about those on the next page.

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  • Joe Willie

    the media hysteria espn/nfln is after Rexy again for putting Sanchez in the game and him geting hurt–to quote Al Pacino–”that’s football”. Go after the Buffalo head coach too- their vet QB Kobe got hurt also-with the #2 out with injury–its not like Tom Brady or Joe Namath getting hurt—we’re talking about Mark Sanchez

    • Bennny K

      Exactly, its not like Sanchez is running away with comp. I never want to see any of these guys get hurt except Schwartz and BB but its part of the game. Next guy up, now Geno can get 100% of 1st team reps and we can see what he can do. If MM can nurture him into a quality QB sign the man to a contract. Situations like this create opportunities for many, let’s take advantage!

      • Piazza31nyj

        Oh c’mon. Geno Smith is not an NFL QB, yet. He needs to sit and learn. We can’t do the same thing again like we did with Mark and throw him into the fire.

        • Bennny K

          It’s great to have QBs sit when you have, Farve, Brady, Manning, Montana, Palmer but the truth is Sanchez is a tread water type QB. His regression could never be predicted because we didn’t have a larger enough sample piece in college. Truthfully most QBs can’t handle to NFL might as well see what Geno’s make up is now, today, not 8 games into the season. We need an experienced QB and you only get that one way, let the kid play and have the whole organization support him.

        • Joe Willie

          the irreplaceable mark Sanchez –give call charlie batch a call—he’s be a better Geno mentor anyways

      • Joe Willie

        plus we get to see more of Matt Simms–Mcelroy needs to take a powder

      • TheJetPress

        It’s not like we have a choice

    • TheJetPress

      fair enough

  • Piazza31nyj

    The Jets are a disaster right now. I’m usually optimistic but there isn’t anything to be optimistic about.

    • TheJetPress

      this was a disaster last night that’s for sure

  • Joe Willie

    What I saw in last nights game—Giants and Manning had big trouble with the jets 1st team defense–outside of one sucker punch 85 yard run and the bad play of # 20 Wilson—-all the Giants did was kick FGs and punt—BUT here is what concerned me most about the Jets “so far this season” is the talent level of the skill players on offense —RB and WRs and that’s not mentioning the inconsistent QB play—we need some young guys to step up and develop in a hurry big time.

    • TheJetPress

      agreed Joe

      • Joe Willie

        Wilkerson, Coples and Richardson– some bad mothers there. Harris-Clo-Harrison—we got a lot of certificate “NFL studs” on the defensive side of the ball.

        • TheJetPress

          We sure do

  • Frank Antonelli

    Just in case anyone is crazy enough to want to throw in the towel on Geno after his first ever real NFL action, here are some stats for ya.

    Colin Kaepernick was taken 36th overall in 2011 (Geno was 39th). In
    his first pre-season game that year, he was 9 of 19 for 117 yards, with 2
    picks, 4 sacks, and no TDs. He ended up playing in all 4 pre-season
    games, and his combined stats were 24 of 50 for 257 yards, 5 picks, 8
    sacks, and not a single TD. He did rush for 67 yards, but also fumbled
    twice.

    Geno, in very limited action, is now a combined 22 of 37 for 246 yards, with 3 picks, 1 TD, and no sacks.

    Also, Russell Wilson didn’t even start the 3rd pre-season game and only got into that game late in the 2nd half.

    Also, for those of you who want to blame Rex that is being a complete monday morning QB! Geno was actually hit much harder and more often with the 1s then Mark was with the 2s. It was an accident stuff happens.

    In conclusion, EVERYONE CALM DOWN!!

    • TheJetPress

      Fair enough. I just think bringing him in late in the game like that was a recipe for disaster.

    • Paul Newbold

      Your love for Rex Ryan and Geno Smith is bordering on an obsession Frank. We’re not throwing the towel in on Geno, he has potential, but it was obvious last night, he’s not quite ready to start. Will he be? Yes, without a doubt, but not yet….he looked liked “Sanchez II” last night. Throw him out there and the NY media will eat him for lunch. Mark was with the 3′s and 4′s, had no business on the field and Rex’s explanation was ridiculous! “We were trying to win a game out there folks” Hello, it was preseason, and he had just said last week, “Its preseason, wins and losses don’t mean much. It was nice to get the win, but obviously we have a lot of work to do.” Moronic decision.

      • Frank Antonelli

        First of all I’ve criticized Rex in the past so my love is obviously not an obsession! The fact of the matter is that Geno got hit more often and harder than Mark did. This was an unfortunate occurrence that could have easily happened with Mark starting the game. His shoulder could just simply have been one hit away from getting injured. That’s why some players get injured on plays that seem innocuous enough while others don’t get
        injured on seemingly very dangerous plays. The accumulated damage to an area sometimes takes time to reveal itself.

        • Paul Newbold

          no starter or even a second string QB belongs playing late in a preseason game. It was a terrible decision period.

          • Frank Antonelli

            According to what football book???? Circumstances are unique for each situation. Who are you or anyone to say what Rex should or should not have done. He knows what’s really going on inside the organization and bases his decisions on that information. It’s funny how fans always love to second guess decisions whenever they go wrong. It takes a mature mind to examine the situation objectively and not react emotionally like most fans do.

  • Paul Newbold

    The third preseason game is often referred to as the “dress rehearsal”, if that’s true, then the curtain will drop on this play very quickly. From beginning to end, it was a disaster!! Geno is a rookie, a ton of upside to his game, but hey let’s face it, he’s not ready! He made some good throws, but was inconsistent, struggled with reads, and turned the ball over! The defense played fairly well, but the safeties were a disappointment again this week. Wilson looked like a rookie on the corner, the secondary has to be a major concern at this point. The injury to Sanchez….just plain stupidity!! He wasn’t playing with the 2′s, he was out there with the guys that will be unemployed next week!!! And Rex’s press conference afterwards?? “We were trying to win a game out there” I’ll leave it at that, I don’t want to upset the Rex fans! I had some hopes for this season, not so much now after the last two debacles!!

    • TheJetPress

      You know I am an optimistic guy, and I am not going to lose it all over one game, but that was tough.

      • Paul Newbold

        I’m not throwing in the towel, but it is not looking good.

  • Joe Willie

    Mark my words–the hairband will practice this week—too much lynch mob media hysteria when it comes to Rex ryan and the Jets—I say f-that-syit.!
    —what about the giants stinking the joint out lastnight?—too many “Chicken littles” out there ready to jump off the media cliff—wow get a clear critical mind people.

    • Paul Newbold

      Rex brings much of it upon himself. Agreed the NY media is very biased, but he did nothing to help himself at his post game press conference!

      • Joe Willie

        I know all the experts with communication and journalism degrees asking about football strategy–pack of know nothing , never wore a jock in their lives —Sanchez was on the football field competing for his JOB (which he hasn’t won yet)–Sanchez is a football player who got hurt–end of story. What if a Giant player got hurt in overtime when the giant coach needlessly sent the game into OT-then what?—what a bunch of garbage.

        • Paul Newbold

          Football strategy? I agree NY sportswriters for the most part are a bunch of hacks. Rex’s decision to play him in the 4th quarter of a preseason game, contradicts every standard of “football strategy”!! It was a very poor decision.

          • Joe Willie

            before the game Rex stated over and over—Geno will start and Sanchez will get some time also—no one said a peep—just after the fact–if Sanchez didnt get hurt last night doing his job no one would have mentioned why Sanchez was even in there. And Sanchez’s job is playing football, competing to be the starting QB —which he hasn’t won yet.

          • Paul Newbold

            nobody in their right minds would expect that playing time to be late in the 4th quarter with fringe players, the majority of which will be unemployed next week! It was a bad decision. If Rex had just admitted to it fine, instead he tried to feed that garbage explanation to the press and fans alike! If you watched the game, the broadcasters were questioning it as he came into the game, not after he was injured. Poor decision, poor strategy, poor excuse.

          • Joe Willie

            Wow ! if mark Sanchez is hurt for a while who are the Jets going to find to throw Ints and fumble snaps this year? LOL. Call the redskins about Rex Grossman.

    • TheJetPress

      definitely too much lynch mob

  • Bennny K

    The rest of fan sided is not much better. I’m ready to throw this app away and be done with this site.

    • TheJetPress

      I hope that doesn’t mean you are leaving us Benny.

      • Bennny K

        I done with the fan sided app. I come here for the well written articles on The Jets Press. Can’t stand the bleacher style articles on the rest of the site.

        • Bennny K

          You guys on Jets Press still rock!

          • TheJetPress

            Thank you sir!

  • Paul Newbold

    Agreed Frank! Imagine that we agree on something! LOL I’ve stopped reading any of the NY Daily news, post, and espn pages. The bias is sickening. When the Jets start winning, they’ll be back on the bandwagon writing as if they never posted any of their crap!!

  • Joe Willie

    google “Can-Simms-teach-Schein-to-throw” this is a typical example of the type of people who are the Jets beat-writers/ media. lol

  • Paul Newbold

    OK, folks It seems that I’m in the minority when it comes to Rex. For the sake of a peaceful discussion during the season, I will refrain from my opinion of him. Sorry if I have offended anyone. No more Rex comments from me, I promise.

    • TheJetPress

      You don’t have to Paul, diverse opinions are what makes discussion interesting.

      • Paul Newbold

        Very true Alan, I felt like I was offending people, and that was never my intention. I’ll just pick on Woody for the season. :)

        • TheJetPress

          hahah there you go

    • Frank Antonelli

      That’s another thing we can agree on!

      • Paul Newbold

        Nice one Frank! LOL