A couple of weeks ago, the Pick Six looked at the six best games from New York Jets Quarterback Geno Smith. It is important to look at both sides of the player in order to prepare for what could be ahead in 2015. So this week, we flipped it to look at #BadGeno…
6. 9/12/13 @ New England
Stats: 15/35, 42.9%, 214 Yards, 6.1 yards per attempt, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 27.6 QB Rating
Analysis: Jets fans like to point to this game as a game that Geno played well but was victimized by drops but New York Jets wide receivers did not drop 20 passes. Geno had a couple of throws (a sure fire TD to Clyde Gates comes to mind) that were impressive but he displayed poor footwork and was not decisive with the ball. He also seemed hesitant to run. Playing in New England for the first time seemed to be too big a moment for the rookie.
Stats: 8/23, 34.8%, 103 Yards, 4.5 yards per attempt, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, Sacked 4 times, 10.1 QB Rating, 2 fumbles
Analysis: In Buffalo in November against a very good Bills defense would stymy even the best signal callers, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a rookie making his 10th professional start played this poorly. Geno was careless with the football, as he finished with four total turnovers. He missed open receivers but was pretty much under duress the entire game as the Jets offensive line was dominated upfront. His 4.5 yards per attempt were the second lowest of his rookie year.
4. 11/24/13 @ Baltimore
Stats: 9/22, 40.9%, 127 Yards, 5.8 yards per attempt, 0 TDs, 2 INTs
Analysis: The Ravens defense has given young QBs fits for years, and Geno was just the latest quarterback to struggle against them. Geno, similar to the game against Buffalo, was under immense pressure from the Ravens pass rush. He looked like he was off from the beginning and could not get anything going. This brought his interception total to 5 in two games, and a second consecutive game with an under 41% completion percentage.
3. 11/3/14 vs New Orleans
Stats: 8/19, 42.1%, 115 Yards, 6.1 yards per attempt, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 62.4 QB Rate
Analysis: The fact that the Jets won this game despite the performance at quarterback from Geno lets you know how well Chris Ivory and the Jets defense played. Geno didn’t turn the ball over, which was the lone bright spot of his performance. Other than that, he struggled early and often, and the Jets were right to put the ball in Ivory’s hands as opposed to the young signal caller.
2. 10/5 @ San Diego
Stats: 4/12, 33.3%, 27 yards, 2.3 yards per attempt, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 7.6 QB Rating
Analysis: The game that many thought put the proverbial stake in Geno’s career, since it led to a benching. Geno, after missing a team meeting came out and stunk up the place. He looked disinterested early and often, and was pulled for an equally disinterested Mike Vick.
Stats: 2/8, 25.0%, 5 yards, 0.6 yards per attempt, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 0 QB Rating
Analysis: If the game above didn’t set the quarterback position back into the days of leather helmets, then this one certainly did. With stories of Geno being told where to throw the ball to circulating afterwards, you would be excused if you just chalked this game up to Geno being derailed by his coaches. However, some of the blame goes to Geno. The first interception, Geno stared Harvin down the entire way and threw it up to the diminutive wide receiver even though Percy had no separation against the defensive back. The second one was a throw way too high to Eric Decker that went off his fingers and landed in the belly of Aaron Williams. It was an ugly day for Geno from the start.