The New York Jets fell to (2-2) yesterday after an embarrassing 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Its safe to say Geno Smith looked like a rookie quarterback yesterday. On Smith’s first pass of the afternoon, he was intercepted, setting the tone for what would be a long day for the Jets. Smith threw two interceptions and fumbled twice after being sacked. Smith was careless with the ball in the pocket, holding the ball with one hand, and not protecting it while under pressure in the pocket. Smith’s three turnovers in the first half all led to Tennessee Titan touchdowns.
Smith was 23 of 34 for 289 yards passing, but struggled mightily with the Tennessee Titans defense.
The Jets were still fighting in the first half but after a late interception by Smith that led to another Titans touchdown, you could see the team begin to deflate. The Titans took a 24-6 lead at halftime and never looked back. Smith’s fourth turnover summed up his careless protection of the ball. While being backed up close to the Jets own end zone, Smith was under pressure and tried to switch the ball into his left hand by putting it behind his back. This resulted in a fumble which the Titans jumped on top of for a touchdown, adding to the already miserable day the Jets offense was having.
Rex Ryan was furious with the turnovers, saying after the game he is tired of hearing the same excuses. Ryan criticized his team saying they got beat in every aspect of the game, and that Smith nor anyone on the team gave the Jets a chance to win.
Now the media is asking whether or not Rex Ryan should have benched Smith in the second half. Yes Smith struggled, but being a rookie is learning the game and how to answer back after a rough game. Benching Smith would just hurt his confidence and show signs of the organization not believing in his as the future.
Stephen Hill (head) and Santonio Holmes (hamstring) both suffered injuries in yesterdays game. It is uncertain at this point if either will be able to play next week at Atlanta.