Geno reflects on his debacle

August, 25, 2013
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Geno Smith Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsAfter tossing three picks in his worst performance as a pro, Geno Smith said he felt "pretty comfortable."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith said he felt "pretty comfortable" in the pocket. Imagine if he felt uncomfortable.

The rookie quarterback endured the worst night imaginable, throwing three interceptions and taking an unnecessary safety in the Jets' 24-21 overtime win over the Giants. Smith was picked off by Prince Amukamara, Stevie Brown and Justin Tuck in a span of 12 passes -- an off-target throw, a poor decision and a bad read, respectively.

"Obviously, there were some good moments and there were some low moments," Rex Ryan said.

Predictably, Ryan shed no insight into his quarterback decision. The competition is more muddled than ever, with Mark Sanchez nursing a potentially serious injury to his throwing shoulder. Ryan got testy when questioned about the upcoming decision.

Obviously, there were some good moments and there were some low moments.

-- Rex Ryan, on Geno Smith's underwhelming outing
Smith unwittingly offered the most candid comment of the postgame. When asked if he still believes he has a chance to be the starting quarterback, he replied, "Well, as long as Rex and the committee are evaluating us, I think I have a shot."

The committee? Pretty funny. Obviously, he was referring to general manager John Idzik & Co. Idzik, you might recall, made sure everyone knows that he'll have "a pretty big role" in the quarterback decision.

Smith completed 16 of 30 passes for 199 yards, with one sack and a touchdown. His passer rating was 45.7.

Smith overcame a three-and-out on his first series and actually did a decent job, completing 4 of 5 on an 86-yard scoring drive. He hit a wide-open Ben Obomanu for a 22-yard touchdown. On his next possession, Smith was victimized by back-to-back drops, Bilal Powell and Obomanu, and he never recovered.

Afterward, Smith managed a brave face.

"I don't do grades, but overall I think this is just another learning experience for me," he said. "Lots of teaching tape. Felt good to be out there with my teammates, competing once again and it was a great job. It was a good team win."

Oh, right, the Jets won. Does anybody care?

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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