Turn On The Jets Film Room – New York Jets Passing Game, Week 2

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This week in the Turn On The Jets film room, we look at the reasons behind Geno Smith’s interceptions and his arm strength. 

Geno Smith took a step back in his second NFL start after an encouraging debut. He wasn’t helped by his wide receivers and or his offensive coordinator but that doesn’t justify his three fourth quarter interceptions. The New York Jets had a real chance to steal this game in New England and Smith’s turnovers were the type of mistakes he must work avoiding moving forward. Let’s look at each of the interceptions –

New England – 13 New York – 10, 3rd and 4, Jets at New England’s 27, 11:48 to go

The Jets had effectively seized momentum from the Patriots at this point, as they were driving to take the lead in the fourth quarter and were already well in Nick Folk’s field goal range. Smith needs to know in this situation that his team is down 3 and in position to tie it up, in a game where his defense has been borderline dominant and points have been at a premium.

The Jets come out in a shotgun, single back set and send Santonio Holmes in motion across the formation, effectively forming a tight bunch with Stephen Hill and Kellen Winslow who releases from his three-point stance. Clyde Gates is left as the single receiver backside.

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Winslow releases up the hash but is bumped by the Patriots linebacker off his mark, Stephen Hill is running a 5 yard in-cut and slams directly into Winslow, knocking him over. Geno’s first look when he drops back is towards the Winslow/Hill route combo which is unfortunately a car crash now.

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He then looks backside to Gates, who releases too far inside on his skinny post and is easily funneled directly to the safety sitting over the top.

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Geno rolls out to the open space in his left and maintains his focus on Gates, who he anticipates operating the scramble drill, meaning he will break off his route and head to the corner of the end-zone. Gates does this but slips on his break and falls down.

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At this point, the safe and smart thing to do considering the situation would have been to throw the football away. The play is clearly snakebitten with Winslow, Hill and Gates all literally knocked off their routes. Geno could throw it away and take the 3 points. However, he notices Santonio Holmes coming open across the formation.

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To be fair, Holmes is open here. This isn’t necessarily a bad decision by Geno to throw the football. If he leads him, Holmes picks up the first down and maybe more. However, with the defender in his face and likely a wet football, Geno throws the ball behind Holmes leading to a tip and an interception.

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Situational football. Smith will learn that in this type of game, when his first read goes down and his second read goes down twice….just throw the ball out of bounds and take the tie game. It is also fair to question if Marty Mornhinweg should have just ran the football here, considering how effective Chris Ivory had been and how it would have nearly guaranteed the Jets a tie game.

New England – 13 New York – 10, 3rd and 4, Jets at their own 46, 4:53 to go 

The Jets are in the shotgun and throwing again on 3rd and 4. Smith has two backs, Santonio Holmes in the slot and Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates on the outside.

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Both Gates and Hill are running skinny posts and Holmes is running a deep in-cut. The two running backs release and cross on their check-downs. It is likely that the primary read on this play was Holmes to the running backs. However, Geno sees Gates beat his man to the inside and lets if fly.

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Unfortunately, Smith under-throws the pass. He needs to throw it out in front of Gates and let him run under it but Smith hangs it up and allows the corner to break on the football. This is the right read but without a question a poor throw. However, Geno gets zero help from Gates who makes no effort to come back to the football, attack the ball in the air or break up the interception.

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GenoINT2E

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Once Gates sees how far the ball is under-thrown, he needs to do everything in his power to break up the interception or come back and make a play on the ball himself. Instead, he does nothing. Literally nothing. He just sits back and lets Dennard intercept the pass, without even a swipe at the ball as he tumbles to the ground. A veteran quarterback, despite the poor pass, would tear into his receiver for this type of lazy effort.

New England – 13 New York – 10, 2nd and 10, Jets on their own 29, 48 seconds to go

Same formation as the previous interception, with two backs, Holmes in the slot and Hill/Gates on the outside.

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Hill and Gates release on go routes on the outside. Holmes is running a post over the middle. Geno sees the corner on top of Hill and decides to attempt a back shoulder throw. This was a poor decision and very poor throw by Geno.

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It seems that he predetermined he was going to Hill before the snap. If he had waited a second longer, Holmes is breaking open over the middle of the field. Smith wasn’t being pressured. There was no need to rush, as the expedited and poorly executed back shoulder throw never allows him a chance to connect with Holmes for what would have been a big play.

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So we aren’t only talking negatives today. We’ll leave you with the most impressive play of Smith’s brief NFL career. In the first half, he is drilled in the face while releasing the football at the 14 yard line (roughing the passer was called).

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Despite that, Smith lasers in a picture perfect throw to Santonio Holmes 31 yards down the field on a deep out route. This is a big boy NFL throw and shows just how much arm strength Smith has.

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  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Its unfortunate Idzik wasnt able to improve the WR corps this offseason & Geno is surrounded by the same underwhelming talent that helped sabotage Sanchez’s tenure in NY.

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  • Jetsluva

    Nice breakdown. I think more than a knock on Geno I still blame Marty for not helping his QB. All those drops and we had a good run game why not just take the risk level down and call some safe plays? It’s funny how the Pats run a ton of safe plays and the Jets are running plays with everyone running away from the QB in the rain.

  • kc.

    Sanchez WISHES he had THIS years WR’S last year!

  • Lidman

    As I said in a previous post, don’t you think every OC gets blamed? Yes, NY ran the ball fairly well, but 32 rushes for 129 yards isn’t ‘gashing’ them. Don’t you think BB understood the situation: give them 4yd gains all day and make them have long drives, in order to score. The longer a rookie QB is on the field the more likely he’ll make a mistake.

    Say what you want about Gates, that ball was under thrown, and Gates had his man beat. I’m not a Geno basher. He’s a rookie and he made a mistake. Sure, we can get on Gates, but without the under thrown ball, you don’t have an INT.

    This probably won’t be popular in this forum. But, if Sanchez starts this game, the Jets probably would have won…going away. Geno simply isn’t quick enough in reading coverages yet. The first FG, should have been a TD, but Geno missed a wide open Holmes (I think) on 1st or 2nd down, on skinny post. The strip sack, was his failure to get rid of the ball, or get out of the pocket, and cost them 3 pts. Even the Gates dropped ball, in the end zone, was thrown short. I don’t have the 22s, but I’d love to know how many throws down field, have been under thrown in the first 2 weeks. Again, he’s a rookie, but to blame Thursday on anyone else, but him, is wrong.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    “This probably won’t be popular in this forum. But, if Sanchez starts this game, the Jets probably would have won”

    I wholeheartedly agree, & think that a healthy Sanchez is a better QB than Geno right now. IMO Geno would be best served with a year holding a clipboard learning the NFL & pro-style passing game, refining footwork, etc.

    There is plenty of blame to go around for the Jets passing woes this year & the previous few years, but its still too early to get down on MM.

  • bds

    excellent breakdown of the film, as usual. i had no idea just how open santonio was on the last play of the game. at the very least he would’ve gotten them to midfield with ~30 seconds to play, and if he could make the safety miss he might’ve had a touchdown. all rookie mistakes that are fixable, but makes you wonder what might’ve been.

  • Jay1

    I love these breakdowns!!! Lidman, you’re right that Sanchez may have won this game but who cares! He is not a franchise QB, we don’t have a playoff team, so lets see what Geno can do. I give you kudos for the Mark comment but Gates is aweful and last year Tony was the most offensive coordinator in football..

    I do think that 8 games on the bench would’ve helped Geno but thats the Jets

  • KAsh

    Our performance in Foxboro pleases me. It was an ugly loss with plenty of blame to go around, and the statistics are frightening, but many questions going into the game were answered positively. Holmes still makes plays, reels in the tough catches, and has some speed to him. Both Hill and Gates cut the top off defenses and were putting stress on the Pats secondary. The running game revived, in no small part because Ducasse was able to take out Wilfork one-on-one. Geno showed off his deep ball.

    All the little things that led to big mistakes will be solved with practice. This was really the first time that Geno threw lots of deep shots in a real game. He needs more familiarity with all his receivers. For a WCO, we ran the ball 28 times and had 39 dropbacks, a good ratio. We had 6 first downs from rushing and 8 first downs from passing. Geno needs to start linking up with his receivers and then we will be rolling.

    As for Mark, say what you want about him, we would have probably been 2-0 if he had started. But he is hurt, and until he is better, there is no point in talking about what could have been.

  • Will

    Sanchez may have one the battle, but not the war. Does anyone remember his loss opportunities in last year’s MNF Tennessee game? We have seen Sanchez ceiling. Time to move on.

    The rookie showed enough. Excited to see how he reacts on Sunday.

    Now that Clowney, lack of effort on INT. I didn’t catch that, good work. One more reason this guy should be cut.

  • Will

    Sorry, meant Gates, not Clowney.

  • Dave2220

    On the interception on the pass thrown to Holmes, hill is running across the field underneath. Just as Geno starts to throw, hill breaks deep instead of running to the sideline. Hill’s man picks off the pass… I’m certain they talked to him about that. Was not a great pass by Geno, but if hill does not cut deep it is incomplete.

    Geno may want to try gloves in the next rain game

  • Dave2220

    On the interception on the pass thrown to Holmes, hill is running across the field underneath. Just as Geno starts to throw, hill breaks deep instead of running to the sideline. Hill’s man picks off the pass… I’m certain they talked to him about that. Was not a great pass by Geno, but if hill does not cut deep it is incomplete.

    Geno may want to try gloves in the next rain game

  • Frank Antonelli

    Amazing how many deluded Sanchez fans there still are! We would have lost by 20 if he had started. Geno gives us our best chance of winning.

  • Angel

    No question: The Jets are 2 – 0 if Sanchez started both games.

    That being said, Geno only cost us one game so far so I’ll have patience with him. I give Geno 3 more games. If he doesn’t improve, I want to see how MATT SIMMS handles the starting QB spot.

  • Angel

    No question: The Jets are 2 – 0 if Sanchez started both games.

    That being said, Geno only cost us one game so far so I’ll have patience with him. I give Geno 3 more games. If he doesn’t improve, I want to see how MATT SIMMS handles the starting QB spot.

  • Start Simms if Geno keeps blowing it. A cool game manager with a rocket on his shoulder. And a nice gift for his Daddy.

  • John X

    I wouldn’t agree that we’d certainly be 2-0 with Mark, not that any of this matters. For the past 2 seasons, he’s been wildly inaccurate and made very poor decisions. It’s time to move on and take the lumps that go along with developing a rookie QB. And Thursday night was equally bad football from NE – it was a short week where neither coach could correct errors from week one. It’s a unenviable position to play that game and I think it may always be a sloppy game.

  • Lidman

    The NFL is about winning while you can. Yes, I get that this year is likely to be challenging, but that doesn’t mean, as a fan, I think we just toss it. In week 1, they probably were the better team, start to finish, but they needed a break to get the win. The positive there is: they got the break and took advantage. In week 2, they basically gave that ‘break’ away. There are certainly going to be games this year, where the Jets either don’t measure up talent wise, or their youth/inexperience are going to put them at a disadvantage (New Orleans, Atlanta, NE, Balt, Cincy and Miami 2x), that’s 7 games. So, you figure the remaining 7 (Buf twice, Tenn, Pitt, Oak, Car, Cle) are all winnable, but not locks. My point is, even if they don’t make the playoffs this year, you want this group to start capitalizing, when given the shot. Let’s just say, they don’t win any of the first set of games; that puts them at 1-8. Now, of the ‘winnable’ games, is it likely they win all? So, let’s say they go 4-3, to finish at 5-11. As a lifelong fan, I’m not ready, going into week 3, to sign up for that.

    For those who disagreed on Sanchez, my point isn’t that he’s a ‘franchise QB’ or isn’t. That said, we watch the TV broadcast of the game. If you watch the coach’s film (which I didn’t, and won’t), I’m sure there are multiple times when Geno simply held the ball to long, didn’t make a throw when the WR was open (this is the NFL..windows are a lot smaller, so open here might be covered in the Big 12), or simply didn’t find the open man. Say what you want about Mark, but I’m guessing, at worst, he is 50% better than Geno, on all fronts and that would have been more than enough to win this game…and probably win it big. At 2-0, they would have been looking at the possiblity of a 4-0 start. At 1-1, they really need the next 2 in order to make sure they have a +tive season.

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