Monday, December 2, 2013
Drive of the Game: Pick No. 19 for Geno
By Rich Cimini
An examination of the key drive in the New York Jets' 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins:
The Drive: With 22 seconds left in the first half, Geno Smith was intercepted by linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
The Situation: Instead of running out the clock and taking a 3-0 deficit into halftime, the Jets made the decision to try a hurry-up drive with the turnover-prone Smith -- a calculated gamble. They got the ball at their own 20 with 43 seconds left.
What Happened: Smith started to develop some rhythm -- if two completions counts as rhythm. He hit David Nelson for nine yards and Stephen Hill for two, Hill's first reception in four games. On a first down from the 31, the Dolphins tried a safety blitz, but the five-man rush didn't pressure Smith. He had plenty of time. Wide receiver Greg Salas, initially uncovered out of the slot, was picked up by Ellerbe. The Dolphins' middle linebacker ran stride-for-stride with Salas on a deep seam, with safety help over the top. Smith made a poor decision and a poor throw, resulting in the interception.
The Impact: It was Smith's last play of the day, perhaps his last play for a while, depending on Rex Ryan's quarterback decision. The Dolphins converted the turnover into a field goal, taking a commanding 6-0 lead (yes, commanding) and deflating the Jets after a spirited first-half defensive effort. The ripples could be felt for weeks. It was Smith's 19th interception.