New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was quick to endorse Geno Smith as his starting quarterback when the rookie previously struggled.
After Smith turned in another horrible performance on Sunday, Ryan is seemingly wavering on his commitment.
“I’m not going to talk about any individual,” Ryan told the New York Daily News after New York’s 19-3 loss against Baltimore. “Starter, backup, whatever. I want to watch the tape.”
Ryan may not want to watch Smith’s performance without an antacid.
Smith completed 9-of-22 passes for 127 yards, no touchdowns, but two interceptions. His passer rating was 40.9, which is a slight improvement of last week’s total of 34.8.
Overall, Smith has thrown eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions this season. He has lost five fumbles and Smith’s passer rating 62.1. Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass in New York’s past four games. He has thrown one touchdown pass in the Jets’ past six games.
Despite Smith’s troubles, his teammates were not willing to discuss their quarterback after Sunday’s loss.
“You’re going to make me curse, so next question,” Jets guard Willie Colon told the New York Daily News when asked about a possible quarterback change. “I’m trying not to curse.”
Jets receiver Santonio Holmes echoed Colon’s irritation when asked if Smith was to blame for their offensive struggles.
““Why would I do that? Why would I blame it on my starting quarterback? Next question,” Holmes told the New York Daily News.
Smith accepted the blame after New York’s loss. Of course, there is really nobody else for him to blame.
“I’ll take it upon myself to be the first one to say that I didn’t play that well,” Smith told the New York Daily News. “And I’ve got to pick it up. And I’ve got to find a way to spark the offense, somehow, some way.”
Smith must hope he is not asked to spark his team from the sidelines after Ryan watches the tape.
If Ryan decided to bench Smith, he could turn to veteran quarterback David Garrard or Matt Simms, who appeared in two games this season.
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