Remind yourself that it could have been worse: At least there was no butt fumble or fake spike.
Second-Worst Play: Smith, chased by Karl Klug, appeared to try to switch the ball behind his back to his left hand. It ended up on Klug’s belly in the end zone for a touchdown, thank you very much. Not as hard to stomach as Smith’s other fumble since the Jets’ chances were nil by then, if they ever existed at all.
Worst Day at the Office: If Smith becomes the Jets’ answer at quarterback, this game will be remembered as his nadir. You had better hope.
Second-Worst Day at the Office:
Best Catch-and-Run: By
Biggest Disappointment: Kid quarterback needs all the help he can get and the offensive line was erratic at best. Smith was backpedaling for his life when Ropati Pitoitua caught up fast, thankfully saving a safety by a half-step that Geno seemed only too willing to take. Five Titans sacks were the tip of the iceberg of the Jets’ protection problems.
Best Guess: Third-round choice
Best Throw: Beaten up physically and mentally, Smith nevertheless was right on the money over the middle to a crossing
Second-Best Throw: Smith got the Jets off their own goal line in the third quarter with a 25-yard over-the-middle beauty to
Worst Throw: Kerley was wide open as Smith escaped the pocket and was overthrown on a simple 15-yarder.
Statistics and Damn Lies: Smith was 23-for-34 for 289 passing yards. Sure didn’t seem like it.
Best catch: Diving grab by
Next Move by Rex Ryan After the Jets’ 20 Penalties Last Week Were Followed by Another 10 This Week: Push-ups didn’t work, so start benching repeat offenders.
Worst Performance Under the Cover of Smith’s Disastrous Afternoon: The Jets secondary was awful, allowing three touchdown passes and an 18-for-24 day by Locker before he got hurt.
Worst Use of the Head: Not by Smith, who threw his two interceptions right into coverage, one on the second play from scrimmage. Michael Griffin led with his head on
Second-Worst Use of the Head:
Not Exactly Seizing the Opportunity:
Something, Anything, to Take Forward: Chris Johnson had only 21 yards in 15 carries and the Titans totaled only 78 rushing yards. After four weeks, it seems safe to say teams won’t run on the Jets.
Dedric Ward and Chansi Stuckey Are Waiting by the Phone: Hill, Holmes and Kerley didn’t finish the game. Who is going to play receiver next Monday night in the Georgia Dome?
Worst Move Ryan Could Make: Benching Smith now. Simplify things for him the best you can, but find out if he is tough enough to be your guy.