The Jets beat the Dolphins in Miami 20-7 to finish the season 8-8. After the Dolphins made it 7-0 it was all Jets from there as the Jets knocked their rival out of the playoffs in the process. How did it happen? Here is the good, the bad and the ugly:
1) Rex is back! – Immediately following the game Woody Johnson announced that Rex Ryan would return for the 2014 season. An extension hasn’t been agreed to yet but reading the tea leaves I think they will have one in place by the press conference with John Idzik and Rex Ryan on Tuesday. With a depleted roster, the surprise downturn in play from Antonio Cromartie and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and a rookie quarterback who took a while to raise his game, this was Rex Ryan’s best coaching job in my opinion. His returning is well-deserved. Hopefully there will be a two year extension involved so he can get the weapons on offense he needs this offseason to make a run at the playoffs.
2) Geno Smith continues to mature and develop – Geno Smith played one of his best games of the season today as he was in control for the entire way. Smith has mastered when to stay in the pocket and wait for a receiver come open like the Kellen Winslow reception and when to scramble. Other than one throw he did not force the ball in to bad situations where turnovers could happen. His throw to David Nelson at the end of the 1st half was a 30 yard frozen rope that hit Nelson right in his arms. His footwork and accuracy still needs to be worked on as he missed a few passes behind or over receivers including a would be touchdown to David Nelson but his grasp of the game has advanced by leaps and bounds. Smith finished 17-27 for 190 yards with no turnovers. Smith also had seven rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown not including the three kneel downs at the end of the game. I think the Jets should sign a competent veteran to compete with Smith in training camp and be a viable alternative if Smith gets injured or struggles during the season but I believe that Smith will be a successful starting quarterback for the Jets once he is given better weapons. His play picked up when the offensive line started to keep him upright and give him the time he needs to make plays. Better playmakers will further enhance his skill set and make quicker decisions easier.