Rookie quarterbacks go through a learning curve during their first professional season. New York Jets signal caller Geno Smith has definitely had his ups and downs early in his career. During a Week 9 victory, he did not turn the ball over.
This certainly was not the case against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Three interceptions and a fumble demonstrated just how ugly things got in the game. Wind definitely made things harder as passes drifted away from receivers. Corner Dee Milliner also had a touchdown pass literally float over his head. Smith likely felt it necessary to take all pressure on himself.
You can see so much potential when watching Smith. There is size, arm strength and mobility. Decision-making has been an issue especially when Gang Green loses. In their five defeats, one touchdown has occurred compared to 12 interceptions. Simply put, these numbers look horrible. Of course much more goes into it than statistics. Pass can be deflected and this has happened to New York’s signal caller. Sunday was Smith’s second consecutive game of single digit competitions. Facing pressure can cause mistakes and not being protected will create more dangerous opportunities.
Balance from running the ball also helps ease pressure from getting to Smith. Except for a big time run later in the game, Chris Ivory really was shut down. Bilal Powell also failed to show up. Buffalo’s front ate up anything the Jets tried to do. Matt Simms came on in relief, throwing a touchdown. This should not be blown out of proportion though as the Bills called off their starters. Smith needs to get better quickly though as New York’s Playoff hopes would take a hit by losing again.