- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets have been very careful not to give Geno Smith any security beyond the current week, declining to name their second-round pick their starting quarterback even after Mark Sanchez had a season-ending shoulder injury.
But if Smith had sat in on offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's press conference on Thursday, he might have heard something to give him some peace of mind despite his three interceptions in the loss to the Bills.
“Geno's the man and Mr. Simms has done pretty good and he's earned his spot,” Mornhinweg said.
The coordinator even went on to say that Smith wasn't the only one responsible for the whiplash-inducing uncertainty that has marked the Jets season, when they became the first NFL team to ride a win-loss pattern into Week 11.
“Well, I'm not so sure he's in a funk,” Mornhinweg said. “He certainly has been, we all have been, including myself, up and down way too much. We put together some solid offensive games and then we've laid some eggs. We're just maddeningly up and down just a little bit.”
Smith has had some promising games, but with 16 interceptions this season to eight passing touchdowns, there is tremendous room for improvement.
“We all have to help the quarterback,” Mornhinweg said. “For a quarterback to play well takes an awful lot of things, so we've got to help him more now, starting with me. So, there you go. Man alive, I'd like to see him play better than he did last week now. He's got to do that. He's just been up and down, our whole offensive football team. And that's what bothers me. As we play a little better, as I do my job a little bit better, I think he can play like he has in the past.”
Smith also has three rushing touchdowns on the season, and has 2,100 passing yards on 166 completions.