As the New York Jets defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-28 last night, Geno Smith became only the second rookie quarterback ever to win an away game on Monday Night Football. Throughout the game, Smith picked apart the Falcons' depleted defense. Including a two minute drill to set up a last-second field goal for the win.
To some, Smith's play came as a surprise. After all, Smith came into the game leading the league with 11 turnovers, and only had five touchdowns. To others, it was just another example of Smith's boom or bust play. So far this season, Smith has shown he has skill to be the Jets' next franchise quarterback. Then there are other times where Smith makes bad mistakes that no quarterback should make. For example, his behind the back fumble.
If this, however, were two years ago, these classic rookie mistakes would not be such a big deal. There was always a learning curve permitted to young quarterbacks. But in today's football, these mistakes can no longer happen. After last year's surge of rookie quarterbacks, a sub par rookie season could leave an organization unsure about their quarterback. Especially in a big market such as New York.
Already in this young season, there were murmurs in the Jets' locker room that the team would fare better with Matt Simms at the helm. Countless articles have been written on whether or not coach Rex Ryan is honest when he says Smith is still their guy, and in almost every interview Smith is asked if his confidence is shaken. Smith is under an immense amount of pressure.
Personally, as a Jets fan, I am all in on Geno Smith. I understand that as a rookie, mistakes will happen. I feel that Jets fans have witnessed a lot of bad mistakes from Mark Sanchez the past few years, which has them scared because it seems, at times, the nightmare is continuing with Smith.
However, you will be lying to yourself if you do not believe that the Jets are a fun team to watch again. Their offense is unpredictable, capable of winning games and able to score on any play. In fact, Geno Smith is tied for the most 15+ yard completions in the league with 24. He also has the highest completion percentage on those throws.
I, however, am not here to sway your position on Smith. I am here to present his stats, and let you decide how you think his rookie season is going thus far. Please feel free to chime in on the comment section below with your opinion.
Game 1 win versus Tampa Bay
24-38, 256 yards, 47 yards rushing, 63.2 completion percentage, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 1 fumble, QBR of 48.5
Game 2 loss to New England
15-35, 214 yards, 42.9 completion percentage, 0 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, QBR of 15.0
Game 3 win versus Buffalo
16-29, 331 yards, 55.2 completion percentage, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, QBR of 85.9
Game 4 loss to Tennessee
23-34, 289 yards, 67.6 completion percentage, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles, QBR of 7.8
Game 5 win versus Atlanta
16-20, 199 yards, 80.0 completion percentage, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, QBR of 73.2
Total: 3 wins, 2 losses
94-156, 1,289 yards, 60.3 completion percentage, 8 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 3 fumbles, QBR of 43.7