Sep 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbackGeno Smith
(7) runs with the ball during the game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
It was an up and down Monday night for Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith. He had some very ugly moments, which have been widely discussed. He had a good stretch in this one as well, keeping the Jets in it. If we are going to take Smith to task for his mistakes, we have to give him credit for playing well in the middle of the game as well.
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After the game, despite the Michael Vick questions, Rex Ryan was steadfast in his confidence in Geno Smith. Geno Smith is his guy. Geno commented on the confidence his coach has in him:
I respect Coach and what he says because I obviously work hard and I want to be the leader of this team, but it is about improving myself each and every day. I’ve got to prove myself to my teammates, I’ve got to prove myself to my coaches, as well as myself, that I can go out there and get the job done. At this point in my career, I’m going out there every single day with the intent to get better. I am being intense. I am being hard on myself as I always am. I look forward to helping this team win games in the future.
Smith knows he made a mistake on the pass to Nelson:
Yeah, I mean, obviously I do feel differently about it. At the point, I was just trying to express confidence in my guys. I always have confidence in those guys. We always talk about situational football and in that situation we had three points on the board so there was no need to take that shot right there, especially on a first down. That is something I can’t let happen and I am being hard on myself about it. It sucks that it happened, but I have to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
We have to remember that Geno Smith is a second year quarterback. We cannot be unrealistic, folks. He is going to take his lumps once in a while. He is far better than he was in 2013, and that is all we can ask of Geno Smith.