So how many of you thought that Geno Smith wasn’t going to learn from his last game in Tennessee that he needed to clean up his mistakes? How many of you thought that the Atlanta Falcons was going to have a field day on Monday Night Football with a rookie who seems a bit lost?
Well it looks like Smith has learned from his mistakes as he took on a talented, but struggling Atlanta Falcons’ defense and was able to get a big road win, not only first road win as a NFL quarterback, but it’s the first win for the Jets at the Georgia Dome.
Smith was able to make some solid plays and great passes to his tight ends and wide receivers especially when Jeff Cumberland gets tagged for an illegal substitution penalty and one play later hauls in a 20-yard touchdown to make up for his mental gaff.
In the fourth, Smith found Kellen Winslow in the back corner of the end zone to extend to a 13 point lead and was able to keep his tippy toes inside the out of bounds mark. What about running the ball himself? Smith knew what he needed to do wh for a first down or making it close to the end zone.
When he made all those mental errors against the Titans last week, Smith went straight to the defense in the Atlantic Health training center and apologized for putting them in bad field position that allowed the Titans to create points off his turnovers.
That type of character from a rookie quarterback either is rare or never heard of, but it shows that Smith’s back is covered and supported by the team as a whole. But what’s even better is another fourth quarter comeback by Smith to get the victory at the end of the game.
Down by a point with 1:46 left in the game Smith threw two bullets at Stephen Hill for 12 yards, then Kerely for 13 yards. After a 9-yard catch by Hill it was Smith taking it himself for the first down and seven more yards. After another 13 yards with Powell rushing twice, once again it comes down to Nick Folk’s leg for a 43-yard winner and it was nailed with no time remaining.
Smith right now is developing into a quarterback that will mentally throw away a bad game and gets himself ready for the next one with no fear. There is a lot to be said about how Smith has handled himself in five games. He’s 3-2 and has lead the Jets to second place in the AFC East, maybe the future is bright for the Green And White.