Smith had a terrible performance against the Patriots, throwing 15-for-35 with 214 passing yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. He did have some of his receivers drop easy passes, including wide receiver Clyde Gates dropping an easy touchdown catch.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady struggled throughout the game because his wide receivers dropped a lot of easy catches as well. This allowed Smith to have multiple chances in the fourth quarter to force an overtime. The first drive Smith had to potentially force an overtime, he threw a pass to Gates that was behind him, which resulted in an interception.
It was a rookie mistake by Smith, but luckily the defense gave him a second and third chance to force an overtime. However, Smith could not take advantage of either opportunities.
When a team is starting a rookie quarterback, the head coach should expect some rookie mistakes to be made throughout the season. It is always tough for a team to win when they are facing Brady if the receivers are dropping passes.
Smith did have some nice throws, including a beautiful sideline pass in the first half. Jets head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will continue to test Smith in practice to help him develop. Smith has shown in his first two starts that he has the potential to be a really good quarterback.