Geno Smith starts slows, finishes strong
Geno Smith | New York Jets
Geno Smith | New York Jets
The Jets Beat
Posted Dec 22, 2013

Geno Smith put on one of the finest performances of his young career in the New York Jets 24-13 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday

As the season is winding down and the New York Jets have no chance to make the playoffs, Jets fans are hoping that this team can finish the season on a positive as well as a flourish.

After a shaky start to the game against the Cleveland Browns, many wondered if Geno Smith has finally turned the corner as an NFL quarterback.

But you have to be happy with how he managed the game and made some good passes to his wide receivers as well as using his legs to get out of trouble.

Smith, who completed 20 out of 36 passes for 214 yards and threw two touchdown passes to David Nelson also ran one in for a score as he earned 48 yards on the ground off ten carries; leading the Jets to that 24-13 victory at MetLife Stadium.

“Personally, we were playing for wins," Smith stated postgame. "That’s every single week. We go out and try to get a victory. That’s the reason we prepared the way we did throughout the week. That was our goal as a team coming into this game.”

In this game Smith really looked comfortable out there and he also made sure he took care of the football when he had to throw it away or hold it well enough when he was making his runs.

“Yeah, I’ve been growing," said Smith of his maturity level. "That’s a part of the process. We’re all growing as players and we’re all growing as men. The key thing for us is just continuing to take advantage of the reps we get in practice.”

You saw a play in the last drive of the first half where Smith ran out of bounds after earning a first down and got shoved while out of bounds and Rex Ryan was jumping mad at the official near him for not throwing a flag until one was given late for unnecessary roughness.

“It means a lot and it’s the reason why we continue to buy into the system and buy into the coaching, and the reason why we get better as players," admitted Smith. "It’s not easy. We’re taking hard coaching. When we go out there and we don’t execute the way that we should, they’re hard on us.”

As the Jets prepare for their final game of the 2013 season, the big question right now is will Geno Smith remain as the starter or will the Jets bring in another quarterback to challenge him for 2014? We will find out what will happen, but for now the goal is to finish the season at 8-8 and knock the Dolphins out of playoff contention.

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