Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rex on Geno: 'I don't believe it rests on one man'


The New York Jets are reeling, coming off their third straight loss at the hands of the Detroit Lions Sunday.

Amidst the agony is second-year quarterback Geno Smith, who again failed to rise to the occasion, throwing an interception and losing a fumble on consecutive drives in the fourth quarter during a comeback bid.

Smith finished the game connecting on 17 of 33 passes for for 209 yards and a touchdown in the 24-17 loss. Despite boos and "We want Vick" chants pouring in from fans at Metlife Stadium, Jets coach Rex Ryan declared Smith will remain the starter moving forward.

"If it was just him making mistakes and all that type of stuff, then we might have a different solution there," Ryan told reporters after the game. "But I don't believe it rests on one man."

And Ryan is right.

Aside from the lack of bonafide weapons in the pass catching corps, the Jets have some real issues on defense in the secondary. Gang Green again got burned on a deep touchdown pass and repeatedly failed to get off the field on third down in critical third-and-long situations.

On the bright side, running back Chris Ivory was again a gem for the Jets, amassing more than 50 yards on the team's first drive alone, though he saw a shrunken workload in the second half. Chris Johnson did find the end zone on a 35-yard carry, though Ivory was again clearly the top guy out of the backfield.

The Jets now head to the San Diego Chargers next week before hosting the Denver Broncos--followed by a short-week trip to the New England Patriots. At 1-3, that's a pretty unfavorable lineup for the Jets, to say the least.

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