New York Jets Geno Smith: The Day AFter


Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback

Derek Carr

(4) and New York Jets quarterback

Geno Smith

(7) meet at midfield after a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

23-28 is just about as good as you can play at quarterback. You don’t often here a quarterback completing 82% of their passes, and you hear about a JETS’ quarterback doing it less often. That made the performance of Geno Smith on Sunday so rare. Geno Smith, for the most part, looked like a different player against the Raiders last week. Many signs were encouraging.

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But, it wasn’t perfect. There was the interception, the fumble, the long sack, ..etc. Geno knows he has to get better, and he talked about it yesterday when he met with the media. He was asked about the relative importance of each of the mistakes:

I mean I don’t think you can say which one was the worst. If you ask me I would say the turnovers would be worst. Anytime you have a turnover that leads to a score, or a turnover that takes points off the board for yourself, which happened down with the fumble. Then, being down there in field goal range, and not having the opportunity to kick the field goal because of the sack. All of those things were detrimental to our offense and were a direct result of us only scoring 19 points.

Geno talked specifically about the interception:

Any time you throw an interception, no matter what happens, it’s not the right decision. So in that instance, I think I may have been trusting my arm a little too much. I think, like I said, if I had gotten the ball out sooner, he wouldn’t have had a chance to make the play on it, or just get to my other reads. In that one instance I felt like I could have made that throw, and it’s something that I have to learn from, and I will learn from it. I studied the tape and figured out exactly what I need to do to get better the next go around.

Here is what you have to love about Geno Smith, he always wants to get better. Geno doesn’t make excuses, he puts it on himself, and works hard to correct. That is why he is going to be the guy here in New York.