Smith threw no touchdown passes, had four turnovers, produced a passer rating at the low end of the double-digit spectrum (10.1), and passing yardage just barely making its way over the century mark (103).
But Rex Ryan said, “I don’t think it’s fair to just place it on him.” The pass protection was shaky, said the head coach. “You could’ve had Joe Namath back there, I don’t think it would’ve mattered today.”
"Some things obviously weren’t really meshing with us up front," T
For the first time this season, the Jets failed to put any points on the board going into halftime. A 48-yard field goal attempt by
Smith came back for one more drive, a three-and-out to take us into the fourth quarter – before QB
“It’s extremely frustrating to come out of a game,” Smith said. “At the same time, I understand decisions have to be made.”
Simms connected with WR
“I’m just happy that I got a little experience out there and was able to take the offense down and score a touchdown,” said Simms, who ended the game with four completions on six attempts for 60 yards.
Of course, the monumental individual achievement is tough to celebrate when it comes in a tough loss, but it was an encouraging sign to see that our backup QB was prepared when called upon.
"Just those few snaps at Cincinnati made it more comfortable today,” Simms said. “That was a plus.”
And the wind didn’t bother him either because, he said, “Growing up in New Jersey, I've had my fair share of windy, rainy games."
No doubt, a 37-14 loss against a division rival will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Jets players, coaches and fans, but with a blowout loss comes a chance to see some of the team’s depth, and it’s nice to know that the NFL stage doesn’t appear to be too imposing for the son of a potential Hall of Famer.
"Every week I practice against a really, really good defense,” Simms said. “Every week I'm preparing myself as if I'm going to play. Of course you don't know when that's going to be, but that's paid off for me so far.”