Another game under Geno Smith’s belt and it evens his career record at 3-3. While it looked to be a solid first half and a great drive to get them into field goal range, a few plays here and there cost the Jets a possible win when the Steelers found their swagger back.
There was at least one play that killed a drive with an interception when the mindset from Smith was to throw it away, unfortunately he didn’t throw it higher and it got picked off in triple coverage by Ryan Clark on the far side of the field.
“I wish I could take back the throw, admitted Smith. “It was an attempted throw-away and the guy who I least expected to even get over there and make the play got over there. That’s not to make an excuse. It can’t happen. We’ve said that time and time again, especially I the red zone or in critical situations. Those can’t happen and we were beat by a team that was better than us today.”
The one or two things that Smith was missing today was some solid weapons like the injured Santonio Holmes and the now suspended Kellen Winslow for performance enhancing drugs. It hurt the Jets who wanted to start building a winning streak.
“We can’t talk about the guys that we don’t have, noted Smith. “All we can do is use the guys that we do have and allow them to step up and I think for the most part they did. Aside from a few plays here and there, we did a pretty decent job moving the ball but we didn’t get it done overall.”
Let’s also accept the fact that the Steelers, who have enough talent and enough drive to get out of their own winless funk, were looking to get their first win of the season and turn things around. While some predicted that this would be a trap game for the Jets, I would disagree with that assessment.
It’s true what they say about what your record in the NFL that you are what you record says you are, but sooner rather than later you would have to think the Pittsburgh Steelers would find a way to turn things around. Obviously the other team in New York is in worse shape than these Steelers.
But when it comes to having Dick LeBeau as your defensive coordinator and Ben Roethlisberger as your quarterback, these negative feelings will change your fortunes. When it comes to the New York Jets, Smith is growing as a good young quarterback in the NFL.
Once they get some more weapons for him, he can become an elite player in time. Right now having players like Bilal Powell, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland are developing well, yet there needs to be some patience. All that Smith can do is get ready for some revenge when the Patriots come down to Met Life Stadium next week and try to give them their second loss of the season.