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Geno Smith: Red-zone struggles addressed

9/10/2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Twenty-five percent efficiency in the red zone isn’t going to cut it.

“Last week, we were 1-for-4 [one touchdown in four trips],” New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith said Wednesday.

"I had the turnover and then I also had the sack, so those are two things I need to clean up for myself."

"And then," he continued, "when it comes to penalties and those things, I’m sure we’ll straighten that out. We talked about it; we’re emphasizing it all week, so we’ve got to get better at the small things, and when we get in the red zone, we have to score points."

The Jets ran 11 plays inside the 21-yard line in Week 1 that produced a net of minus-39 yards. Included in those 11 plays: two sacks (minus-31 yards) and two penalties (minus-25 yards).

As Smith, who lost a fumble at the 1-yard line, said, those things need to be cleaned up. You can get away with it against the Oakland Raiders. But the Green Bay Packers are a different story entirely.

“Every game is different,” Smith said. “Every single game is different and there will be critical moments in every game and you’ve got to be able to manage it, and it’s about how you do in those critical moments. For us, it’s about just managing the situation. We try to be masters of situational football, and that’s exactly what it is. We have to be mindful of the situation at all times."