Sunday, November 17, 2013
Rex: Geno Smith will start next week
By Rich Cimini
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Despite four turnovers and a season-low 10.1 passer rating, Geno Smith will remain the New York Jets' starting quarterback next Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Rex Ryan.
Ryan delivered a lukewarm endorsement after the Jets' 37-14 loss Sunday to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"We'll look at everything as we go, but again, but I don't think it's fair to place it on one man," Ryan said. "We have to take a hard look at what we're doing, but I would say Geno is our starting quarterback against Baltimore next week."
Ryan's patience has to be wearing thin.
Smith was intercepted three times, the last of which was returned for a touchdown by safety Da'Norris Searcy. Smith also lost a fumble deep in his own territory. His four turnovers led to 17 points by the Bills, who harrassed the rookie throughout the day with their pressure schemes.
Smith completed only 8 of 23 passes for 103 yards. He was sacked four times.
The negative numbers are growing larger and uglier. Smith has 20 turnovers, including 16 interceptions.
"Just bad, man," Smith said. "The way I can sum up this game for myself is awful. I know I can play better. I know this isn't who I am or who I want to be."
Smith was benched early in the fourth quarter, replaced by Matt Simms. It was the second straight loss in which Smith finished the game on the bench. Simms completed 4 of 6 passes for 60 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland.