1) Geno Smith’s day – If I had a category called OK then this would be there because it isn’t that bad. Smith was 8/19 for 115 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also had six carries for 18 yards and a touchdown rushing mostly on designed runs. Smith was inaccurate but stood in and didn’t shy away from the pressure. He threw the ball away when necessary and with the exception of one (threw into triple coverage) did not try to force the ball in to a receiver. Once Kerley got injured in the second quarter and the running game was working so well a conscious decision was made to have Smith manage the game. He led two touchdown drives to end the 1st half. Then in the second half he consciously tried to avoid the big turnover, to let the running game and the defense do their jobs. He succeeded and being turnover free was a big part of the victory. I think that there will be games where Smith can and will have to make plays and carry the load. I do not think he will be a game manager this year I think that once Holmes and Winslow come back and there are enough weapons that the run:pass ratio will even out a bit. If he were more accurate today I would definitely put this as good but instead it is just OK but definitely something to build on.
2) Running out the clock – A consistent theme this year is that when given the ball with a chance to close out games they have the lead in the offense has failed each time. They need to find a way to run for a 1st down even when the opponent knows it is coming. Today Chris Ivory ran for one yard, then Bilal Powell for no gain, followed by a beautiful back shoulder throw from Smith to Stephen Hill except that Hill was running a go route. That left the Saints down six points with the ball and 2:06 to go. The defense never let the Saints’ drive get started going incompletion, then penalty, followed by three incompletions to end the game. Once the offense can develop the killer instinct they will become a better team and go a bit easier on our blood pressure.
3) Ryan Quigley – Quigley averaged 42.8 yards per punt with punts of 42, 40, 46, and 42. His second punt was awful and set the Saints up at their own 38 yard line which is unacceptable in a game of field position. If the remaining cap money this year didn’t need to be allocated to replace injured players I would say the Jets should go after Zoltan Mesko.
4) Injuries – Jeremy Kerley left the game with a bad-looking elbow injury that the Jets fear is serious it could be a fracture and Antonio Allen went down with a head injury that hopefully is not a concussion. Both players are very important and are tough to replace.
No Ugly Today