Wednesday, October 2, 2013
QB Watch: Jets' Geno Smith
By Rich Cimini
A weekly examination of the New York Jets' quarterback play:
Rewind: In a word, Geno Smith stunk. He threw two interceptions and lost fumbles, gift-wrapping 28 points for the Tennessee Titans. All four turnovers were his fault, and he accepted the blame, apologizing individually to defensive teammates after the game. The rookie says the right things; now he has to do the right things. His turnover count has ballooned to 11, testing the patience of Rex Ryan.
Fast-forward: The Jets (2-2) face the disappointing Atlanta Falcons (1-3) on Monday night on the road. The Falcons can be had. There could be opportunities to make big plays in the passing game, as the Falcons are allowing 11.8 yards per completion (27th in the league). The New England Patriots' Tom Brady ripped them up last Sunday night, striking downfield off play-action. Of course, that doesn't mean Smith will have the same success, but we all know coordinator Marty Mornhinweg likes dialing up those deep balls.
All wet: It could be a coincidence, but Smith's worst games came in rainy conditions. In road losses against the Patriots and Titans, he had one touchdown pass and five interceptions. At home, in nice weather, it's three touchdown passes and three interceptions. What does it all mean? Unless there's a leak in the roof, Smith won't have to worry about wetness Monday night in the Georgia Dome.
Prediction: Smith is facing a desperate team on the road, not to mention a Mike Nolan-coached defense that can cause confusion for young quarterbacks. This could turn into another painful learning experience for the kid.