One big reason for their improved offensive performance was that Geno Smitih reverted back to his earlier play at home. After looking awful for four weeks, he performed better by largely throwing safe passes and “only” had one interception. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called solid plays, mixing in reverses and a lot of running plays to take pressure of their QB. Jeremy Kerley’s return helped, as they connected on a touchdown early on. Santonio Holmes actually seemed energized by kerley’s presence. David Nelson took part in the action as well. A completing 16-of-25 passes ended the starter’s streak of four consecutive games, completing less than 10 passes.
I am sure this game does not decide whether or not Smith is the answer, but it shows that some promise remains. There are still issues with staring down receivers, but Sunday did offer some insight into what Gang Green’s offense can do with a healthy group of receivers. Kerely is a dynamic slot playmaker, and his presence stretches defenses. Once again, Holmes seemed healthier and more engaged; he is the closest thing to a No. 1 wide out. After last week’s benching in favor of Matt Simms, Smith had a solid rebound game. Even though they need help to reach the playoffs, head coach Rex Ryan’s club remains alive for playoff contention. Getting strong play from their rookie signal caller really was a good development and should quiet critics at least for this week.