Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass during the pre game warmups for their game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

By the Numbers: The Improvement of Geno Smith

Geno Smith’s performance against the Oakland Raiders was so much better, it was like night and day from the previous weeks. He was efficient, made accurate throws, and good decisions. But, how good was he? Let’s go “by the numbers”, thanks to our friends from Pro Football Focus.

Let’s take a look at his performance on Sunday compared to the performance two weeks prior against the Ravens (not enough numbers against Miami as he was benched at the half).

His overall passer rating last Sunday against the Raiders was 88.6.  Against the Raiders, his rating was a whopping 22.3.  That translated into a PFF grade of -0.3, as opposed to a -2.7 against the Ravens.

Under no pressure, when all we are looking for is accuracy, Geno was 13-17 for 142 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Raiders, for a PFF grade of 1.6 while against the Ravens, he was 5-14 for 94 yards and two interceptions, for a PFF grade of -2.7.

Let’s take a look at some of his numbers, by distance.

In passing outside the numbers to the right, he threw 3-3 for 61 yards for a passer rating of 118.8.  Against the Ravens, he was 1-2 for 12 yards, a 68.8 passer rating.

In very West Coast type passes, between the numbers from 0-9 yards, Smith was 3-5 for 55 yards, 97.9 passer rating.  Against the Ravens, he was 3-6 for 24 yards for a passer rating of 60.4.

Why do I point this out?  Because in the last quarter of the season, just the way Rex Ryan is being evaluated to see if he should be the coach going forward, the same is happening with Geno Smith about playing quarterback.

This type of improvement shows that he has it in him.  Can he do it consistently?  That we will find out in the coming weeks.

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