QB Geno Smith - Seattle Seahawks
|6-3, 218||Born: 10-10-1990||College: West Virginia||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Smith came on in relief of Rivers with 6:51 left to play in the fourth quarter and the Chargers leading 35-14. Smith threw just one pass attempt, a screen to Justin Jackson that went for an 8-yard gain on third and long.
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Smith came in for one play, which ended up being an option handoff to the running back - nobody was fooled on the play.
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Smith came on in relief of Rivers and immediately reminded everyone in Los Angeles why Rivers is the most indispensible player on the roster. Smith tried to throw a pass while rollin gout, but the ball just slipped out of his hand and went right to the Broncos for a turnover. No one even touched him on the play.
2017 Week 13 vs OAK (21 / 34 / 212 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith had an average outing as he replaced Eli Manning this week against the Raiders. He had two very costly turnovers and could have had more as he failed to lead the Giants to a victory. Smith forced a pass on a curl route and was lucky that the defender did not pick it off as the coverage was tightly contested. He had no respectable running game to assist the passing attack and the pass protection was subpar, as it tends to be. Smith showed good mobility and escaped pressure on many occasions but he was rarely able to convert these scrambles into positive plays. He was decisive with the ball for the most part and stepped up in the pocket when he had to but rarely threw downfield. Smith was not afforded much time to survey the field and settled for short passes often. He fumbled the ball twice, one in the raiders redzone which was very costly for the Giants. Smith held onto the ball for slightly too long and his pass protection simply did not hold up as he got hit in the pocket. Smith showed some life towards the end of the game, however this was in garbage time. He hit Shepard on a seam route, placing the ball where only his receiver could get it and allowing him to pick up yards after the catch. Smith then found Engram in the back of the endzone after on a out'n'up play to somewhat salvage his stat line. The Giants offense remains flawed and showed the same problems we saw under Manning.
2016 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 8 / 95 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith started the game, but left due to a knee injury after just 24 plays. Smith was sharp early on, quickly going through his progressions and delivering crisp passes to open targets. Unfortunately, New York's receivers, namely Charone Peake and Brandon Marshall, dropped good throws over the middle of the field. Smith was able to make one big play, however. On a 2nd-and-19 play, Quincy Enunwa ran a button hook, sat down in the middle of Baltimore's zone coverage, evaded two tacklers and sped down the left side line for a 69-yard touchdown. While the big pass play gave the offense some confidence, Smith made some miscues that ultimately led to his injury. When receivers weren't open, Smith would opt to hold onto the ball rather than throwing it away. Smith took two sacks on just ten drop backs, which included an awkward landing on the sack that knocked him out of the game.
2015 Week 8 vs OAK (27 / 42 / 265 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 34 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith came on in relief of the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, but alike Fitzpatrick, suffered an injury to his left shoulder and his abdomen. Smith took a few big hits during the game, including a big shot to his abdomen on a 29-yard scramble in the third quarter. Smith should have ducked and went out of bounds, but opted to stay in bounds and paid the price. Late in the fourth quarter, Smith took a big shot from Ray Ray Armstrong on a passing play. Smith left his midsection exposed and Armstrong delivered a big blow. Smith missed the next plays, but came back to finish the game. On a performance basis, Smith had a dismal first half, including multiple three-and-outs and an interception, but settled in during the second half. Smith led two second half scoring drives as New York attempted to mount a late comeback. Midway through the third quarter, Smith hooked up with Eric Decker for a 7-yard touchdown. Decker ran a sharp post route and Smith fit the ball into a tight window. Decker and Smith developed a solid rapport last season, so it's no surprise to see Smith look his way. Midway through the fourth quarter, Smith was able to scramble, extended the play and found Kellen Davis in the back corner of the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown. With Fitzpatrick likely sidelined for the next few weeks, Smith will have the opportunity to step up and show he can lead this team. If healthy, expect Smith to start next week against Jacksonville.
2014 Week 1 vs OAK (23 / 28 / 221 / 1 / 1 pass, 10 / 38 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith played very aggressively, at times too aggressively, during his Week 1 victory over Oakland. From the outset, Smith was very aggressive with his running and took a few big hits from Oakland's defenders. Early in the first quarter, Smith simply misread Oakland's coverage and threw an interception directly to Charles Woodson. This mistake led to an Oakland touchdown. Smith nearly committed his second turnover on his very next drive. On a 2nd-and-Goal play from Oakland's three-yard line, Smith attempted to scramble into the end zone. Smith held the ball high and loose and Oakland knocked it out and recovered. Luckily, instant replay confirmed that his knee was down and New York settled for a field goal. After this near miscue, Smith settled into the game and played much better. Smith completed 82 percent of his passes which included completing eight straight passes to close out the win. Smith's lone touchdown occurred on a short, five-yard shuttle pass to Chris Johnson right before halftime. Justin Tuck nearly intercepted the pass, but Smith got it away in time. Smith rushed for 38 yards, which adds a new dimension to the offense, but he took too many unnecessary hits. Smith's decision making and ball security was questionable at times, but he benefitted from a few lucky breaks. New York's running backs totaled 174 rushing yards, which helped take some of the pressure off of Smith. Smith's awareness and decision making must improve, but his high completion percentage is a welcomed improvement.
2014 Week 2 vs GB (16 / 32 / 176 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 26 / 1 rush)
Geno Smith played arguably the best 28 minutes of his career to start this game, but was unable to rally his team during the second half. Smith was poised and focused as he led three first half touchdown drives to stake his team to an early 21-3 lead. Smith scored the game's first touchdown by improvising and scrambling off right tackle for a one-yard touchdown run. Smith beat Clay Matthews to the corner and waltzed into the end zone untouched. After New York's defense forced a quick three-and-out, Smith engineering a fast paced, no huddle, 84-yard drive that resulted in a 29-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker on a back shoulder fade. Smith's ball placement was excellent and Decker effortlessly reached over Sam Shields to secure the touchdown. Chris Ivory scored the third touchdown on an early second quarter plunge, but Smith set-up the scoring play by hitting Bilal Powell on a wheel route for 12 yards on a key 3rd-and-4th play from Green Bay's 16-yard line. Staked to a 21-9 lead late in the 2nd quarter, Smith was once again leading his team into the red zone when an untimely turnover ultimately turned the tide in Green Bay's favor. Smith was targeting Zach Sudfeld on a corner route, but guard Brian Waters missed a block, Smith was hit and the ball floated up for an easy interception. Green Bay's offense turned this miscue into seven points before halftime. A potential 28-9 lead slipped away and turned into a slim 21-16 advantage. Smith looked dejected as he ran into the locker room. After halftime, Smith had a few opportunities for big plays, but was unable to convert. Smith overthrew a wide open Decker on a deep post route when Green Bay did not provide safety help. If Smith hits Decker in stride, it's an easy second touchdown. Once Green Bay's passing attack began teeing off on New York's defense for big plays, Smith was unable to rally his offense. Late in the fourth quarter, Smith appeared to throw a deep post route to Jeremy Kerley for a 40-yard, game-tying touchdown, but the referees determined a timeout was called before the snap. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was yelling for a timeout, but NFL rules stipulate only the head coach can call timeouts. New York ultimately turned the ball over on downs, but the mysterious timeout call was a tough break for Smith. Lost in New York's failed comeback was the departure of Decker. Decker left mid-way through the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. New York's offense began to sputter without Decker's presence. Overall, Smith's performance was very good during the first half, but his defense was unable to slow down Aaron Rodgers and Co. during the second half. Losing Decker didn't help matters, either. Outside of his touchdown strike to Decker, Smith did not take many chances down the field. Most of his pass attempts were within five-to-ten yards which simply will not keep pace when facing off against a high powered offense like Green Bay's.
2014 Week 3 vs CHI (26 / 43 / 316 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith's performance against Chicago's injury-riddled secondary was wildly erratic. Smith was careless with the football, throwing two interceptions that led to ten Chicago points. Early in the first quarter, Smith's first pass attempt, a screen pass to Chris Johnson, was poorly thrown and was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Ryan Mundy. This mistake set the tone for the rest of the game as New York's offense was only able to convert one of six red zone trips into seven points. Smith's second turnover, a third quarter interception, was not as ugly as the first interception, but Smith forced an off-balance throw to David Nelson in the end zone. Kyle Fuller easily intercepted the pass. During the final minutes of the game, Smith drove the offense into the red zone, but was unable to complete a touchdown scoring drive. Eric Decker, who is nursing a hamstring injury, attempted to play, but did not appear after the first quarter. Smith sorely missed Decker's presence during the last drive, especially in the red zone. Despite not having Decker, Jeremy Kerley stepped up and was Smith's top target. During the second quarter, on a 3rd-and-5 play, Kerley ran a deep post route, Smith delivered a perfect throw, Kerley took a big hit from Danny McCray, but hung on to secure a 19-yard touchdown. Kerley received a team high eleven targets which highlights Smith's confidence in him. New York's defense played extremely well, but Smith was unable to engineer multiple touchdown drives against an injury-riddled defense. In addition, Smith's first interception set the tone for the rest of the game and immediately took the pressure off of Jay Cutler. Smith attempted a season high 43 passes and his passing output was buoyed by two plays of 40+ yards against deep zone coverage. Most of Smith's attempts were within five to ten yards of the line of scrimmage where his receivers were given chances to make plays after the catch. New York was an abysmal 1-for-6 in scoring red zone touchdowns which can be credit to a lack of execution from Smith. Clamors for Michael Vick may start if Smith continues to play like this.
2014 Week 4 vs DET (17 / 33 / 209 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
After another lackluster performance, Geno Smith's starting gig is on thin ice. Smith committed two fourth quarter turnovers, which included an ugly fumble and an interception. The fumble occurred once Smith was hit by a blitzing defender. Needless to say, ball security has become a major issue as Smith has committed eight turnovers in his first four games. While Smith's performance was poor, New York's play calling was equally as bad. During New York's first drive, Chris Ivory was given eight carries, which resulted in 51 yards and a field goal. Ivory's hard-nosed running put early pressure on Detroit's Front 7 and allowed Smith to develop a rhythm. Despite Ivory's early success, New York opted to stick to their running back rotation by playing Chris Johnson during the next three drives. Johnson's effort during the first half was poor and ultimately put extra pressure on Smith to exclusively win with his arm. For the four straight week, Smith threw the majority of his passes within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, relying on his receivers to make plays after the catch. Smith only threw one touchdown pass, an 11-yarder to Eric Decker during the third quarter. Decker ran a shallow crossing route, caught the pass, shook off the first defender, and lunged through two defenders into the end zone. Decker made this scoring play happen. Facing a 24-10 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, New York opted to keep Smith in the game. Smith committed two fourth quarter turnovers, which effectively ended the game. Smith threw an ugly interception directly to Darius Slay on a pass intended for Eric Decker. Chris Johnson ran for a late touchdown, but given Smith's overall ineffectiveness and accuracy, the outcome was much more lopsided than the score indicates. Things will not get easier for Smith as he heads to San Diego to face the Chargers.
2014 Week 5 vs SD (4 / 12 / 27 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith finally hit rock bottom after four weeks of shaky performances. Smith completed just four passes for 27 yards and was benched, during halftime, in favor of Michael Vick, who wasn't any better. New York's offense was outgained 306 to 60 and trailed 21-0 heading into halftime. While Smith failed to make plays, he didn't receive much help. Smith's offensive line had trouble blocking San Diego's front seven and his wide receivers, sans Eric Decker who missed the game due to a strained hamstring, failed to create separation. Capitalizing on his match-ups, San Diego's defensive coordinator, Jon Pagano, dialed up numerous delayed blitzes to capitalize on Smith's inability to quickly go through his progressions. Smith wasn't sacked, but took punishment as he consistently held onto the ball for too long. Smith's afternoon ended when he intercepted by Brandon Flowers on a deep post route right before halftime. Smith was unable to navigate his offense into San Diego territory, which is a complete embarrassment. After the game, Rex Ryan announced that Smith would start next week's game against Denver.
2014 Week 6 vs DEN (23 / 43 / 190 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Despite not receiving any support from the running game, dealing with inconsistent offensive line play, and drops by his receivers, Smith turned in a serviceable effort. Many were expecting Denver to win in a lopsided manor, but Smith had an opportunity to tie the score during the fourth quarter. Smith had an opportunity to engineer a game-tying touchdown drive with 6:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, but an errant pass intended for Jeremy Kerley was intercepted and returned for defensive touchdown by Aqib Talib. New York's rushing attack failed to gain any traction, which put additional pressure on Smith. Smith led the way for the rushing attack with a mere eleven yards. Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory combined for just 16 yards on 12 carries. Denver defenders routinely penetrated into New York's backfield as the offensive line struggled to win their one-on-one match-ups. New York was unable to run the ball on first down which only makes things harder on an offense that is really struggling. Smith tossed two touchdown passes, one to Jace Amaro during the first quarter and one to Eric Decker in the fourth quarter. Both touchdown strikes occurred from just two yards away. Amaro ran a fade route and displayed impressive body control as he plucked the ball over TJ Ward on his touchdown reception. Decker ran a quick slant route to secure his touchdown. Smith's ball placement was excellent on both of his touchdown passes. Smith averaged just 6.4 yards per pass attempt during the game, which further illustrates that his receivers failed to gain separation and win their match-ups. While it's easy to blame Smith for game outcomes, he is not receiving much help from his supporting cast.
2014 Week 7 vs NE (20 / 34 / 226 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 37 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith delivered a workmanlike performance as he managed a rushing attack that accounted for 218 yards. When plays broke down, Smith was aggressive with his scrambling, accounting for 37 yards. Smith led six scoring drives including a 12-play, 86-yard drive during the fourth quarter that culminated with a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. Down by two points, Smith was unable to convert the two-point conversion. Smith targeted Jace Amaro on a quick arrow route, but misfired as he released the ball too quickly. Amaro had a massive size advantage over Patrick Chung, but Smith was unable to complete the pass. A week ago, Smith failed to deliver a late scoring drive against the Broncos, but was able to lead his team into the end zone without burning his team's final timeout. Outside of a key misfire on the two-point conversion, Smith's ball placement was much better. The game plan called for a lot of high percentage throws, which Smith completed with relative ease. Smith was not asked to take many shots down field, which is not uncommon. Smith briefly left the game with a minor knee injury, but returned. Michael Vick appeared in four snaps, including a bizarre set when Smith threw a pass to Vick, but Vick was sacked before he could throw down field. Smith played well and limited his turnovers, which was a step in the right direction. New York's record, however, is an ugly 1-6.
2014 Week 8 vs BUF (2 / 8 / 5 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
After two weeks of improved play, Smith was benched midway through the first quarter after throwing three interceptions. Smith completed more passes to Buffalo (three interceptions) than to his own team mates (two completions). This was easily the low point of Smith's career, especially after two weeks of modest improvement. Smith forced throws to covered receivers, namely Percy Harvin, and overthrew wide open receivers on crossing routes. Smith underthrew his receivers on each of his interceptions and played as poorly as possible. Smith finished his afternoon with a 0.0 quarterback rating and finished his day with his 12th multiple-turnover game in 24 career starts. Michael Vick came on in relief, but wasn't much better, committing three additional turnovers.
2014 Week 12 vs BUF (10 / 12 / 89 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Michael Vick was benched midway through the third quarter, so Smith was summoned to finish the game. Trailing 31-3, Smith faced a lot of zone looks and took advantage of short-to-intermediate throws. Smith wasn't nearly as bad as Vick, but it was nearly impossible to be as bad. Smith also did not face as much pressure as Vick did. Rex Ryan was noncommittal on a starter for next week's game, but at this point, it may not matter.
2014 Week 13 vs MIA (7 / 13 / 65 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
Starting for the first time in a month, Geno Smith operated a game plan that was fit for a quarterback making his first career start. New York took the game completely out of Smith's hands by leaning heavily on the rushing attack. New York's run-pass ratio was a staggering 49-to-15, which indicates that the coaching staff has lost confidence in the turnover prone Smith. After rushing for 201 first half yards, New York opted to keep calling running plays in the second half and Miami adjusted. Facing stacked boxes, New York kept Smith on a tight leash and refused to pass the ball. When Smith did have passing opportunities, it wasn't pretty. Smith missed Percy Harvin on a seam route which would have an easy 30-yard touchdown. Smith killed any chances during the final seconds of the game by throwing an interception on a seam route that was intended for Jeff Cumberland. Smith will have four more opportunities to start, but if tonight's game plan was any indication, expect Smith to serve as New York's glorified Handoff Player.
2014 Week 14 vs MIN (18 / 29 / 254 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 33 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith threw a pick-six on the game's first play, which was a continuation of last week's disastrous performance. Smith, however, did not fold and bounced back by making some big plays. Alike other quarterbacks, Smith was able to take advantage of Minnesota's burnable secondary. Smith's lone touchdown pass occurred on a beautiful back shoulder fade to Percy Harvin for a 35-yard touchdown. Smith's ball placement was excellent and Harvin displayed impressive body control to come down with the touchdown catch. Smith was also able to make some plays with his legs when coverage broke down. The difference in the game was Smith's failure to turn red zone opportunities into touchdowns. Nick Folk kicked five field goals, including four during the second half, which proved to be the difference. Smith did lead New York to a game tying field goal in the game's final minute, but his inability to lead multiple touchdown drives resulted in the loss.
2014 Week 15 vs TEN (16 / 28 / 179 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
After making a ridiculous 'Pro Bowl' quote last week, Smith overcame a shaky start to rally his team during the second half. Smith engineered two second half touchdown drives, but much more was expected against the 30th ranked defense. Smith's lone touchdown pass occurred on a quick dart to fullback John Conner in the flat. Conner was wide open and waltzed in for an easy 9-yard touchdown. Outside of his touchdown toss to Conner, Smith struggled for the majority of the game. Smith continued to make rookie mistakes by holding onto the ball for too long and taking unnecessary punishment for on-coming rushers. When pressured, Smith underthrew his receivers. Taking advantage of this tendency, Tennessee played man coverage for the majority of the second half and rushed extra defenders on passing downs. Smith and Eric Decker were able to burn Tennessee on a deep crossing route where Decker outran safety Michael Griffin and accelerated into the open field. Decker used a variety of shifty moves and sprinted for an 81-yard touchdown that would be reversed when replay showed that Decker stepped out of bounds, negating the touchdown. By winning this game, Smith has assured New York that it will not have the first overall draft pick. Credit Smith for a gritty performance, but he did not look like an NFL-caliber starter for long stretches of this game against a vulnerable defense.
2014 Week 16 vs NE (17 / 27 / 210 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith continued his streaky play, playing well for the majority of the first half while costing his team an opportunity to win the game during the second half. Midway through the second quarter, Smith perfectly executed a play-action fake to Chris Ivory and delivered a strike to a wide-open Jeff Cumberland, who was running a post route. The scoring strike went for 20 yards and helped energize a dormant MetLife Stadium crowd. Outside of Smith's first half scoring strike, New England gave him a variety of short-to-intermediate throws. None of Smith's pass attempts traveled more than 25 yards as Smith rarely tested Darrelle Revis or Brandon Browner. During the second half, Smith reverted back to some of his bad habits. New England made their second half adjustments and opted to put more pressure on Smith. Smith held onto the ball for too long and took unnecessary hits. When defenders dove at his legs, Smith would underthrow his receivers. Smith lost Percy Harvin midway through the third quarter to a rib injury and it was obvious that Smith missed one of his favorite security blankets. Smith threw a costly interception late in the third quarter, which led to New England's go-ahead and game-winning touchdown. Smith threw off his back foot and New England easily made the interception. Midway through the fourth quarter, on a 3rd-and-4 play on New England's 24-yard line, Smith took an ugly sack that pushed back the go-ahead field attempt by ten yards. Kicker Nick Folk's 52-yard field goal attempt fell short by a few yards and ultimately, Smith's sack was to blame. Overall, Smith showed signs of improvement, but not well enough to remain the undisputed starter for 2015.
2014 Week 17 vs MIA (20 / 25 / 358 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 18 / 0 rush)
It took nearly two years, but Geno Smith finally displayed attributes of starting-caliber quarterback as he played the best game of his career. Smith notched a perfect 158.3 passer rating as he had four plays of 30+ yards. The performance did not occur without blemish as Smith had an ugly fumble during the second quarter, which Miami turned into seven points. Smith threw touchdown passes in the second, third, and fourth quarters as he took advantage of breakdowns in Miami's secondary. During the second quarter, Smith hit a wide-open Chris Ivory in the flat for an easy 8-yard touchdown. Miami completely blew the coverage and Ivory waltzed in for the score. During the third quarter, Smith connected with Eric Decker for a 74-yard touchdown. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan attempted to aggressively jam Decker at the line of scrimmage, but Decker easily broke through and had Finnegan beat. Smith and Decker displayed their chemistry as Smith anticipated the pass and threw it over Finnegan's head. Decker ran 60+ yards untouched for the touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, instead of running out the clock, Smith found Cumberland on a corner route for a 23-yard touchdown. Smith once again anticipated the play and delivered the ball in place where only Cumberland could make a play. Smith appeared relaxed and poised playing in his hometown, Miami, Florida. He did not rush any of his throws as New York opened up the playbook and let him throw downfield. Miami's secondary played woefully bad as Decker had two plays that went for 50+ yards. Smith did not shy away from Pro Bowl cornerback, Brent Grimes, either. Grimes shadowed Decker during the second half, but Decker burnt him for a 50-yard gain on a deep post route. Smith did not have center, Nick Mangold for this match-up, which makes this performance even more impressive. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the 2015 New York Jets, Smith played his best game of his career and probably will have a chance to compete for the starting role next season.
2013 Week 1 vs TB (24 / 38 / 256 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 47 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith's athleticism, coupled with a little bit of luck, propelled the Jets to an exciting victory. With just 34 seconds remaining and his team facing a two-point deficit, Smith found a way to get into field goal range. Asking a rookie quarterback to pick up 50 yards without a timeout is a tall order, but Smith was very poised. To start the drive, Smith found Kellen Winslow down the seam for a 25-yard gain. Winslow settled into a soft spot in Tampa Bay's deep zone coverage and Smith delivered an accurate strike. After a quick spike, Smith had just 14 seconds to pick up another 25 yards. Smith took the next snap and rolled to his right. All of his targets were covered, so he opted to tuck the ball and run. After picking up 10 yards, Smith was forcefully pushed out of bounds by Lavonte David. David's miscue resulted in a 15-yard penalty that set-up the game winning field goal. Sometimes, it pays to be lucky. Outside of his game winning drive, Smith turned in a typical first-game, rookie performance. For most of the game, Smith successfully executed Marty Mornhinweg's ultra conservative game plan. Mornhinweg's game plan focused on mixing Rex Ryan's 'Ground & Pound' mantra with a mixture of short-to-intermediate passes. Mornhinweg opted to split Smith out wide on seven Wildcat plays, but those plays were largely unsuccessful as the running backs struggled against Tampa Bay's stout front seven. While the running backs had a difficult time, Smith had some success as a runner and as a passer on designed roll-outs. On some passing downs early in the game, Tampa Bay's defensive ends lost contain responsibilities and Smith was able to get outside of the pocket. On a 3rd-and-8 play early in the second quarter, Smith rolled to his left on a designed run and picked up 13 yards. Smith received a great block from Kellen Winslow and was able to accelerate past the inside linebacker for the first down. Fans will not mistake Smith's vision and running ability with that of Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson, but Smith showed that teams must respect and account for him as a runner. Smith's running ability set-up his first career touchdown pass, a 7-yard, 2nd quarter touch pass to Winslow on an option route. Smith felt pressure from Adrian Clayborn and stepped up and delivered the touchdown throw. Alike most rookie starters, Smith had his share of miscues, but fans were not expecting perfection in his first start. Smith's intercepted pass was intended for Chris Ivory, but was horribly overthrown. Luckily for Smith, the Jet defense bailed him out and intercepted Josh Freeman after the turnover. Smith took five sacks which were attributed to overload blitzes and Smith's inability to escape pressure. Smith's only costly turnaround occurred on a fumble deep in his own territory. Smith was attempting to throw the ball away, but a Tampa Bay defender smacked it out of his hands mid-release. This turnover led to a short Doug Martin touchdown run. Smith did not overwhelm with his running or passing ability, but did enough to keep the Jets in the game. Turnovers are bound to happen, but his athleticism and ability to run adds a new dimension to an offense that boasts few playmakers.
2013 Week 2 vs NE (15 / 35 / 214 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
As the game progressed, Geno Smith's performance went from bad to worse. Smith had a difficult time getting through his progressions, defining defensive keys, and delivering accurate throws to open receivers. Smith's inability to make quick decisions allowed New England to bring pressure with only four rushers. Notably, Chandler Jones excelled as a third-down, three-technique and routinely bull rushed rookie Brian Winters into the backfield. Added pressure from New England's front four resulted in turnovers as Smith threw three costly four-quarter interceptions. On each of his interceptions, Smith horribly misfired. On his first interception, Santonio Holmes was able to beat man coverage to the inside, but the throw was behind Holmes. This turnover erased a potential game-tying field goal attempt. On his second interception, Clyde Gates was able to get an inside release down the seam, but the ball was underthrown. On his last interception, Smith and Stephen Hill were not on the same page and New England easily picked off the errant pass to seal the victory. Smith played turnover free football for three quarters, but his dreadful fourth quarter performance ended the comeback attempt. While Smith definitely deserves blame for his performance, Marty Mornhinweg's play calling didn't do him any favors. Unlike Week 1, Mornhinweg installed vertical passing plays for a team that lacks big play wide receivers. Hill was able to make two big plays, but he also dropped three passes and fumbled one away. Smith had success with short-to-intermediate throws against Tampa Bay, so it's surprising that Mornhinweg would open up the playbook on a short week. Add in a wet and rainy second half and it makes things much tougher for both Smith and his receivers. The running game averaged 4.0 yards per carry, so fans must wonder why Mornhinweg didn't call more run plays to take pressure off of Smith. The Jets only trailed by three points for the last 20 minutes, so Mornhinweg had plenty of reasons to rely on his running game while putting Smith in situations where he could succeed. Given the weather conditions, success of the run game, and close score, Smith would have better suited as a game manager in the fourth quarter rather than as an erratic rookie passer.
2013 Week 3 vs BUF (16 / 29 / 331 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 14 / 1 rush)
Geno Smith out-dueled EJ Manuel in the battle of rookie quarterbacks. Smith came out throwing on his first drive, completing 4-of-5 pass attempts for 75 yards. Buffalo played press coverage, but were burnt by Stephen Hill who won a battle against third-year corner Justin Rogers for a 45-yard gain. Smith capped off the drive by taking a designed shotgun snap up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. Smith's ran behind Vlad Ducasse's block and through Kiko Alonso's arm tackle for the score. Unlike last week against New England, Smith had a lot of success with vertical throws against Buffalo's suspect secondary. Smith and the Jet receivers picked on Justin Rogers, who replaced the injured Leonis McKelvin in the first quarter. Rogers exclusively played left cornerback and Smith did not shy away from throwing at him when Rogers was positioned on the wide side of the field. Early in the second quarter, Hill beat Rogers down the right sideline for a 51-yard touchdown. Hill maintained leverage to the outside and slightly pushed off Rogers before making the catch. Smith put nice touch on the pass and Hill did the rest. In the fourth quarter, Santonio Holmes beat Rogers deep down the right sideline for a 69-yard touchdown. Rogers had his back turned on the throw and fell down as soon as Holmes made the catch. Holmes waltzed in for the score. While Smith and his receivers had success with vertical passing plays, Smith had his third consecutive multi-turnover game. Early in the second quarter, Smith threw a deep pass into double coverage that was intercepted by ex-Jet, Jim Leonhard. Mid-way through the third quarter, Smith threw an inexcusable pass directly to Alonso that resulted in three points for Buffalo. Smith has benefitted from a stingy Jet defense that has not allowed the opposition to turn his mistakes into seven points. Overall, Smith sped up his read progression and took advantage of the inexperienced Rogers for several big plays. Smith did not take any sacks and was quick to deliver passes to open receivers. Mistakes are bound to happen, but the offense had four plays of 40+ yards today. The offense only had five plays of 40+ yards last season. Marty Mornhinweg clearly wants to take shots downfield and his players won their individual battles. Buffalo has one of the league's worst secondaries, so Smith's next two opponents, Tennessee and Atlanta, should provide a better benchmark for his development as a passer.
2013 Week 4 vs TEN (23 / 34 / 289 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
New York fans were brought back to reality as Geno Smith turned in a dismal four turnover performance. Smith threw two costly first half interceptions and gave away a fumble in each half. These turnovers led to 28 points for Tennessee. Smith's first interception was a severely underthrown deep route to Stephen Hill. Hill took a massive hit from safety, Michael Griffin and left the game with a head injury. Later in the second quarter, Smith was scrambling for a first down, but lazily reached out for the marker and the ball was swatted away. Smith ended the second quarter with an ugly throw into double coverage. Cornerback Alterraun Verner intercepted both passes and should be credited for playing tight, man coverage against New York receivers. Last week, Buffalo allowed free releases off the line of scrimmage. Tennessee's coaches obviously noticed that on film and didn't give receivers a cushion. Tennessee took a 24-6 lead into the second half, so New York had no choice, but to throw their way back into the game. New York's offensive line, namely Vladimir Ducasse, played an all around sloppy game. After keeping his uniform clean against Buffalo, Smith took five sacks and was under constant duress. Right defensive end, Ropati Pitoitua recorded two sacks and had no issues getting off blocks and applying pressure. Pitotua exposed D'Brickashaw Ferguson's lackadaisical effort and Ducasse's all-around poor effort. Early in the fourth quarter, Smith was pressured by defensive end Karl Klug and fumbled the ball away. As Klug chased Smith towards his own end zone, Smith attempted to shift the ball to his left hand and fumbled it away. Klug recovered the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. Field position and penalties were a huge issue throughout the game. Tennessee routine pinned New York's offense inside its own 10-yard yard line, forcing Smith to speed up his read progressions. Smith took several big hits, but hung tough in the pocket. Early in the fourth quarter, Smith was buried deep in his territory, took a big hit and delivered a crisp 20-yard pass down the seam to Kellen Winslow. Tennessee deployed an overload blitz and Smith showed poise by completing the pass. Smith's lone touchdown pass went to tight end Jeff Cumberland late in the fourth quarter. Cumberland ran a post route and Smith fit the pass in a tight window for a 34-yard touchdown. Griffin bit on the pump fake and Cumberland ran untouched into the end zone. Smith is extremely raw as a passer and mistakes are bound to happen. Smith must do a better job at protecting the ball, getting through his read progression, and throwing passes away when receivers are covered. A road meeting in Atlanta on Monday Night Football won't be the cure to Smith's ills.
2013 Week 5 vs ATL (16 / 20 / 199 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
After four weeks of uninspiring play, Geno Smith delivered his first signature performance. After committing 11 turnovers in his first four games, Smith was flawless and showed poise in the final 1:54, completing four passes to set-up Nick Folk's game winning field goal. Smith started the final drive by finding Stephen Hill over the middle for a 12-yard gain. Armed with three timeouts, Smith took his time and worked the middle of the field, finding Jeremy Kerley for a 13-yard gain. Smith went right back to Hill on the next play for a short 9-yard gain. On a 2nd-and-1 play from Atlanta's 46-yard line, Smith made arguably the biggest play of the game on a roll out where he beat Osi Umenyiora to the edge and ran for 8 yards to put his team firmly within field goal range. During the game winning drive, Smith did not bear any resemblance to the jilted rookie passer that committed four turnovers last week. After weeks of questionable play calling, Smith looked very comfortable and poised as Marty Mornhinweg deployed multiple personnel packages to acclimate his rookie passer. Early in the game, Mornhinweg deployed a full house back field package that flanked Smith with Bilal Powell, Mike Goodson, and Chris Ivory. As a team, the Jets ran for 5.4 yards per carry and in turn, the running game helped establish the pass. Early in the 2nd quarter on a 3rd-and-11 play from Atlanta's 20-yard line, Smith threw an absolute bullet to Jeff Cumberland for a 20-yard touchdown. Cumberland ran a post route and won inside position against the linebacker. Smith delivered the ball above the linebacker's outstretched hand and in a spot where only Cumberland could make a play. Midway through the 2nd quarter, after an Atlanta turnover, Smith found Kerley on an arrow route for a 16-yard touchdown. Atlanta's corner whiffed on the tackle and Kerley dove towards the pylon to secure the score. Smith's offense scored 17 points in the second quarter, which was arguably his best quarter of the season. Early in the 4th quarter, New York's defense created another Matt Ryan turnover and Smith cashed with another seven points. On a 3rd-and-1 play from Atlanta's 1-yard line, Smith rolled out of the pocket and threw a 'tear drop' pass over the linebacker into Kellen Winslow's arms in the back of the end zone. This scored marked Smith third and final touchdown pass. After getting outmanned in Tennessee, the offensive line played very well and deserves a lot of credit. Smith took two big sacks, but both were on Smith for hanging onto the ball for too long. Rookie guard, Brian Winters started over the much maligned Vlad Ducasse and the offensive line played their best game of the year. Smith went into a hostile environment and pulled out a huge win against a desperate team. Smith must build on this performance as another desperate team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, come into town next week.
2013 Week 6 vs PIT (19 / 34 / 201 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Six days after an impressive primetime performance against Atlanta, Smith delivered a dud against a rejuvenated Pittsburgh defense. Giving Dick LeBeau two weeks to prepare is unfair for most veterans let alone a rookie making only his sixth start. Smith was flummoxed by LeBeau's schemes and had trouble reading coverages and beating pressure. As a result, Smith was unable to move the ball and restored to back to his bad habits and made rookie mistakes. When faced with a large deficit, Smith's throwing mechanics become sloppy and he becomes prone to throwing interceptions. Smith threw two brutal second half, red zone interceptions. Smith's threw his first interception into triple coverage. Konrad Reuland, who was filling in for the suspended Kellen Winslow, was targeted. Smith followed that interception up with another critical mistake. Trailing 16-6, Smith was hit by Jarvis Jones and attempted to throw the ball out of bounds, but the pass was underthrown and intercepted by Lawrence Timmons. Smith threw two other passes that should have been intercepted, but defenders dropped the passes. The offensive line, namely the tackles, was routinely beaten on passing down which led to hurried throws and three sacks. The offensive line's inability to control line of scrimmage put additional pressure on Smith and he clearly struggled to make plays. Smith's performance was indicative of the growing pains a rookie quarterback experiences. If Smith does not throw any red zone interceptions, New York has the opportunity to score anywhere from six to fourteen points and maybe sneak away with a win. New York cannot expect Smith alone to carry the team to victories. Brighter days are ahead for Smith, but expect many more inconsistent performances.
2013 Week 7 vs NE (17 / 33 / 233 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 32 / 1 rush)
For the first time in seven tries, Geno Smith and the New York Jets were able to top the New England Patriots. Similar to their Week 2 match-up, New England's defense sold out to the stop run and played tight man coverage against the wide receivers. New England dared Smith to beat them with both his arm and legs and he made enough plays to walk away with the win. Smith's lone touchdown pass and interception occurred during the first quarter. Smith hit Jeremy Kerley on a drag route for the 12-yard score. Smith put the ball in a place where only Kerley could make a play. Two drives later, Logan Ryan intercepted Smith and returned the pass 79 yards for a touchdown. Smith tried to force the ball to David Nelson, who was blanketed. Smith would have been better suited by throwing the ball away. Smith isn't known as a running quarterback, but New England's man coverage opened up running lanes. Midway through the 3rd quarter, Smith properly read man coverage, tucked the ball, and ran in for an 8-yard touchdown. Smith isn't a fast runner, but is shifty enough to evade defenders. New England chose not to deploy a QB spy and Smith eagerly took the rushing yards when available. Overall, Smith had success against a defense that was missing cornerback Aqib Talib. Smith was efficient with his intermediate throws, completing eight passes for 97 yards to Kerley. Smith took four more sacks and fumbled twice, which he recovered, but made enough throws to win the game. Play calling became extremely conservative at the end of the game, which is not Smith's fault. Marty Morhinweg does not allow Smith to freely audible in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 8 vs CIN (20 / 30 / 159 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
After an emotional Week 7 victory against New England, Geno Smith came crashing back to Earth with an uninspiring performance against Cincinnati. Smith's offense was not able to develop any sort of rhythm against Cincinnati's ferocious Front 7. The entire offensive line struggled to establish a push off the line of scrimmage. Specifically, guard Brian Winters had a lot of difficulty with Cincinnati's interior lineman which led to two sacks and many hurried throws. Smith was not bailed out by his defense that uncharacteristically allowed four touchdown drives in Cincinnati's first six drives. New York's offense was only able to muster one first quarter yard and two of their first four drives ended in three-and-outs. Both of Smith's interceptions occurred during the second half and were returned for touchdowns. During the third quarter, Chris Crocker jumped Jeremy Kerley's out-route and returned the interception for a touchdown. During the fourth quarter, Adam Jones jumped an errant pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. After Jones's interception return, Cincinnati led 49-9 with 13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. New York opted to sit Smith and allow Matt Simms to play the rest of the game. This isn't the start of a quarterback controversy. Rather, New York did not want its young quarterback to suffer an injury in a blowout loss. Smith has failed to build on his wins this season, losing each game after a victory. During those losses, Smith has thrown just one touchdown to ten interceptions. Things will not get easier next week against Rob Ryan's defense.
2013 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 19 / 115 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 18 / 1 rush)
From purely a statistical standpoint, Geno Smith had an ugly game. However, today's game taught Smith the importance of game management against a high-scoring opponent. New Orleans boasts one of the NFL's top offenses, so Marty Mornhinweg designed a ground-based game plan. New York's offense churned out 198 rushing yards against New Orleans' suspect Front 7, so Smith wasn't forced to make many plays. In addition, three of Smith's top targets, Santonio Holmes, Jeff Cumberland, and Kellen Winslow did not play. Jeremy Kerley left midway through the second quarter with an elbow injury, so Smith had cast of practice squad wide receivers at his disposal. While Smith spent the majority of the game handing the ball off, he took a designed read option off right tackle for a 3-yard touchdown run. Smith initially attempted to stretch the play to the right pylon, but wisely cut inside of Cameron Jordan and waltzed in for the score. Smith's touchdown run gave his team a 20-14 lead before halftime. Overall, Smith's performance was reminiscent of Mark Sanchez's during key victories. Smith was not asked to make big plays rather he was asked not to make mistakes. Smith did not commit any turnovers for only the second time in nine games. Most of his throws were safe and half of his completions came on simple check downs. New York cannot give an offense as dynamic as New Orleans' extra opportunities, so ball protection was critical. Smith's week-to-week performances have been wildly inconsistent, but few would have guessed New York would have five wins heading into their Week 10 bye week.
2013 Week 11 vs BUF (8 / 23 / 103 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The New York Jets have a clear quarterback problem. Coming off a bye week, Geno Smith was absolutely brutal, committing four turnovers which included his fourth 'pick six' of the season. Buffalo's defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, dialed up exotic blitzes early and often and Smith was not able to find a rhythm. Early in the first quarter, Smith took a vicious shot from Marcell Darius that knocked the wind out of him and he missed a play. Smith committed two first half turnovers, one on a strip sack and another on a play where Smith did not look off Jarius Byrd and Byrd intercepted the pass. Smith completed just 3 of 9 first half passes for 44 yards which included a wobbly, underthrown 33-yard completion to Santonio Holmes. After halftime, Smith's play actually worsened. Smith was intercepted two more times including a 'pick-six' by Da'Norris Seary on a wide receiver screen to Santonio Holmes. Smith was benched early in the fourth quarter as Buffalo carried a very comfortable 34-7 lead. The windy field conditions did not help Smith, but EJ Manuel did not have a problem carving up New York's secondary without the help of Steve Johnson. New York's offensive line play was dismal as Smith took four sacks and was hit a total of eight times. Smith could not handle nor adjust to Buffalo's blitz schemes, which have been a common theme this season. After the game, Rex Ryan confirmed that Smith would start next week against Baltimore, but his tone suggested Smith would be on a short leash. Smith's finished the game with a 0.9 QBR, which was by far his lowest rating of the season. This performance was reminiscent of Smith's game against Tennessee when he looked completely lost against their pressure and exotic blitzes. Smith's confidence is clearly waning and he must play better next week in Baltimore if he wants to keep his job. Hopefully, Smith and his offense spend more time watching film and less time at Dave & Buster's.
2013 Week 12 vs BAL (9 / 22 / 127 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Weather conditions were very cold and windy, but that does not excuse Geno Smith's lousy performance. For the first 54 minutes, Smith completed just four passes for 42 yards. Smith was particularly bad on third down, converting just one play out of 12. Baltimore mimicked game plans of past opponents by deploying heavy pressure early and often. Smith looked completely lost against the blitz and took three sacks. Smith committed three turnovers, including an ugly fumble where motion man, David Nelson did not clear before the ball was snapped. Terrell Suggs outmuscled Smith for the loose ball. Smith was plagued by receiver drops and play calling and never developed any sort of rhythm. Marty Mornhinweg opted for a heavy dose of Josh Cribbs in Wildcat package early in the first quarter. Smith lined up at wide receiver and Cribbs took four snaps, compared to seven for Smith, during his team's first two drives. Cribbs even completed one pass to Smith for a 13-yard gain. The Wildcat helps takes pressure off of Smith, but also does not allow him to develop rhythm. Facing a 19-3 4th quarter deficit, New York chose to keep Smith in the game. Smith was able to somewhat save face by completing five of his last seven passes for 74 yards. After the game, Smith's body language was not positive and his confidence is clearly waning. Rex Ryan would not comment on his starting quarterback for next week's tilt against Miami. Sitting on a 5-6 record, New York must defeat Miami at home next weekend to keep its playoff hopes alive.
2013 Week 13 vs MIA (4 / 10 / 29 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
After four weeks of inconsistent play, New York opted to bench Geno Smith after a dreadful first half performance. Smith completed just four of his ten pass attempts for 29 yards. New York's lack of weapons is clearly a problem, but Smith overthrew wide open receivers on multiple occasions. During his team's first drive, Smith overthrew a wide open David Nelson on a 3rd-and-12 play that would resulted in a first down. Smith was 0-for-3 on third downs and his day ended after Dannell Ellerbe intercepted an underthrown pass right before halftime. Facing a 6-0 deficit after halftime, Rex Ryan benched Smith and played Matt Simms. Simms didn't play much better, but Smith's play has been pitiful for weeks. Ryan had been very loyal to Smith, but Smith's offense produced just one touchdown in its last 36 drives. Smith also leads the league with 23 turnovers and has not thrown a touchdown pass since Week 7. It's safe to say that New York has a full blown quarterback controversy as its playoff hopes begin to slip away.
2013 Week 14 vs OAK (16 / 25 / 219 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 50 / 1 rush)
Rex Ryan opted to stick with Geno Smith as his starting quarterback and Smith responded with his best game in two months. Smith delivered his first touchdown pass in seven games and chipped in with another score on the ground. Smith committed his 20th turnover, a first quarter interception, early in the game, but bounced back and played well enough to win. Smith and Jeremy Kerley connected for a first quarter, 25-yard touchdown strike. Kerley, who has missed three straight games, was a welcome addition for New York's passing attack. Kerley ran a deep post route and won inside position against the corner. This scoring play gave Smith some much needed confidence. While the scoring play was a positive sign, Smith continued to struggle in the red zone. Midway through the second quarter, Ed Reed intercepted Matt McGloin at Oakland's 20-yard line and returned it to the 4-yard line. Smith was unable to find the end zone and New York had to settle for a field goal. Santonio Holmes dropped one of Smith's endzone targets and Smith overthrew Jeremy Kerley on another target. Playoff teams turn those mistakes into seven points. Still, Smith only took one sack and committed one turnover which was a welcome sign after weeks of dismal performances. Overall, Smith's success was attributable to Marty Mornhinweg's game plan. Instead of keeping him in the pocket, Mornhinweg called several designed roll out and even multiple read option looks that let Smith use his legs to make plays. Midway through the third quarter, Smith kept a designed read option and ran it in for an 8-yard touchdown. New York did not run its Wildcat package, which definitely allowed Smith to make plays with his legs and develop rhythm early in the game. New York led for nearly the entire game and Smith wasn't asked to make many difficult throws. Smith did overthrow several open receivers, but this win will definitely boost his confidence as New York and its slim Wildcard hopes head to Carolina next weekend.
2013 Week 15 vs CAR (15 / 28 / 167 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 44 / 0 rush)
Geno Smith did not totally implode on the road against one of the league's top defenses, but he didn't play well enough to win. Smith only completed six of his 15 passes to wide receivers which indicates New York isn't too comfortable with him taking too many shots downfield. Earlier this week, Santonio Holmes put Smith behind the eight-ball by calling Carolina's secondary the 'weakest link' and Carolina's secondary responded with a big effort. Cornerback Captain Munnleryn was responsible for Smith's fifth 'Pick Six' this season. Munnleryn's intercepted a pass intended for Holmes and this scoring play gave Carolina a 30-13 lead with only eight minutes to go. Smith did have a few bright moments. Mid-way through the third quarter, New York's defense came up with a big 4th-and-2 stop. Smith used the defense's momentum and orchestrated a nine-play, 86 yard drive that culminated with an unorthodox 1-yard touchdown run by defensive tackle, Sheldon Richardson. Before Richardson's touchdown run, Smith prolonged the drive by completing a 3rd-and-7 pass play to Jeff Cumberland for 35 yards. Smith did a nice job of buying time by rolling out of the pocket and hitting Cumberland in stride. Given Carolina's prowess as a top run stopping defense, Smith's 44 rushing yards buoyed the running game. New York was able to rush for 153 yards against Carolina's tough front seven and Smith should be credited for making Carolina respect his running ability. Carolina chose not to spy Smith on passing downs and his offensive tackles did an excellent job of fanning Carolina pass rushers way out of the pocket. Smith threw a late 8-yard touchdown pass to Cumberland in garbage time, but it was forgettable since the game was effectively over. Overall, Smith's play was uninspiring, but wasn't as poor as previous road losses. Smith's fifth Pick Six sealed his team's fate and he had issues handling Carolina's corner blitzes. However, Smith wasn't afraid to make plays with his legs and reestablished his strong rapport with Jeff Cumberland that had been waning over the last few weeks.
2013 Week 16 vs CLE (20 / 36 / 214 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 48 / 1 rush)
Geno Smith delivered his best performance since his signature Week 5 Monday Night Football win against the Atlanta Falcons. Smith broke out of his funk by throwing for two touchdowns and converted his team-high fifth rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Smith was highly effective on third downs, converting 9-of-12 opportunities while remaining upright without turning the ball over. Smith spread the ball around and six players had at least two receptions. Smith was given more freewill at the line of scrimmage and successfully audibled into his first passing touchdown. Late in the second quarter, Smith audibled out of a designed Chris Ivory run and fired a bullet to David Nelson for a 6-yard touchdown. Nelson put a nice inside move on the safety as he ran a tight post route and displayed soft hands and precise foot work as he toe-tapped in the back of the endzone. This scoring play put New York on the board and a late Nick Folk field goal knotted the game at ten going into halftime. After halftime, Smith and New York's defense stepped up to secure the victory. Smith was highly efficient during the third and fourth quarters which put New York in multiple scoring opportunities. Early in the fourth quarter, Smith delivered his second passing touchdown, a 5-yard bullet to David Nelson. Nelson put an impressive double move on the corner and ran a post route into the back of the endzone. Smith put the ball only in a place where Nelson could make a play and he converted. Midway through the fourth quarter, Smith led his team on a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that took 6:20 off the clock. Smith was 4-for-4 on third down opportunities including a 17-yard touchdown scamper to give his team a 24-13 lead late in the fourth quarter. After properly going through his reads and recognizing each of his targets were covered, Smith made a play with legs and scrambled untouched for the score. Overall, Smith delivered a signature performance in his final home start of the season. Smith led his team to a 6-2 home record and showed glimpses of optimism for the future. Smith's footwork and read progressions definitely improved and he has shown he's not afraid to make plays with his legs. A win next week in Miami would send Smith and his team mates into the off-season on a high note.
2013 Week 17 vs MIA (17 / 27 / 190 / 0 / 0 pass, 10 / 44 / 1 rush)
Geno Smith finished his rookie season with one of his better performances. Smith built upon last week's strong performance as New York knocked Miami out of playoff contention. Four weeks ago, Miami tormented Smith which led his halftime benching. This week, Smith looked like a completely different player as he relied upon his legs to make plays. Smith rushed for 47 yards, his fourth straight 40+ rushing yard performance, and another rushing touchdown. Smith played turnover-free for the second straight week and did not take a sack which is a testament to his offensive line and his improved decision making. During the first half, Smith completed 9 of 15 passes for 126 yards. Smith led touchdown drives of 71 and 80 yards, respectively. Smith went 5-for-5 during his first touchdown drive which culminated with Sheldon Richardson's 1-yard rushing touchdown. Right before halftime, Smith called his own number for a 7-yard rushing touchdown. Smith took the shotgun snaps off right tackle and was met by Dannell Ellerbe at the goal line. A strong second effort and helpful push by Bilal Powell propelled Smith into the end zone. Smith ran for 32 first half yards and used his athleticism to escape outside pass rushers. New York took a 14-7 lead into the second half and Smith played a little more conservatively. Three of Smith's drives resulted in field goal attempts for Nick Folk, which tacked on six more points. Bilal Powell received a steady dose of carries as New York grinded out the clock. Smith finished the season on a high note. Over the last two weeks, Smith stopped trying to be a pure pocket passer and relied more upon his legs when he needed to make a play. Instead of trying to make perfect reads and throws, Smith wasn't afraid to run or throw it away when he didn't have an open receiver. It remains to be seen whether New York drafts or signs another quarterback, but Smith has earned the right to compete for the starting job next season. Smith finished the season with 2,856 passing yards, 12 touchdown passes, 21 interceptions, and a 55 percent completion percentage. Smith ran for 322 yards and led the team with five rushing touchdowns.