Here’s what you need to know about Geno Smith’s afternoon with the New York Jets against the Baltimore Ravens in week 12 of the 2013 NFL season: Josh Cribbs, a receiver/kick-returner who took two snaps in the wildcat package, finished the game with a higher quarterback rating than the Jets’ rookie QB.
Smith has really been up against it as of late. This week against the Ravens, he dropped back to throw 25 times and was sacked three times, picked off twice, and completed just nine of his passes for only 127 yards and none of those completions reaching the end-zone. Sadly for the rookie, that type of performance is becoming kind of a trend.
Over his last four weeks, Smith has thrown for fewer than 160 yards and hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in any of those games. Moreover, he has seven interceptions over those last four games and, in three of the four games, has had a completion percentage well below 50 percent.
If you’ll remember, as the Jets were looking like a sleeper playoff team early in the season, there was a bit of buzz that Geno could win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. However, with the Jets’ latest struggles and the way that Smith has been playing as of late, that talk seems more like humor than anything of merit.
Perhaps it’s the Jets’ offensive line, perhaps it’s Rex Ryan, or perhaps it’s just a young quarterback experiencing growing pains that is making Smith ineffective. What’s clear, though, is that his recent issues have cost him any individual notoriety this season and, more than likely, has cost his team a potential spot in the postseason.