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Jets bench Geno Smith after three first quarter interceptions
The Geno Smith era in New York may be nearing its end after the Jets’ embarrassing 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. The 24-year-old quarterback was benched for Michael Vick after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter.
Smith was horrible to watch as he struggled to connect with his targets and misfired on six of his eight pass attempts. In the first three drives of the game for the Jets, Smith completed only two pass attempts for five yards.
“Everything,” Smith said after the loss. “We didn’t execute. We didn’t execute again. I say we; I’m talking about myself because it was just atrocious the way that I started out. I never expected to start a game out like that. I’ve got to make sure that I get better from that. I’ve got to make sure that I get better from that and make sure I don’t allow things like that to happen, put ourselves in those types of positions like that.”
When asked if the Jets will start Michael Vick next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Rex Ryan said he had no idea but, it is clear that the team needs a change before things get really out of hand. Ryan has supported the young quarterback from West Virginia since being drafted in 2013 but, the team’s offensive struggles could cost him his job.
Under Ryan, Smith has started 24 games in which he has thrown for 4, 416 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. The Jets failed to make the postseason last year and are likely to miss out again this season as they currently last in the AFC East with a 1-7 record.
“We’re a 1-7 team,” Smith said. “That’s the only way I can put it. The emotions of the game will frustrate us all knowing how much work and how much effort we spend during the week to prepare ourselves to come out and execute well we didn’t. So I think that’s one of the most frustrating things to myself and those around me.”