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Geno Smith, Matt Simms and the QB Depth Chart

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Our quarterback depth chart may be in a state of flux following today's 23-3 loss to the Dolphins.

Geno Smith may start next week against the Raiders. Then again, he may not.

"I don't know," Smith said on if he expects to start again for the 13th game this season. "We'll have to find out as the week goes on."

Matt Simms could get the nod. Then again, maybe not.

"I don't know about that," Simms said. "I'm just going to go back to work like I have this entire season."

Maybe David Garrard is in the mix to be active for the first time since returning to the team?

"That could be a possibility," head coach Rex Ryan said. "We looked at that today."

The real frustration for the Green & White may be that for nine games Ryan, OC Marty Mornhinweg and the offense could count on solid QB play every other game. But for the last three games the QBs, mostly Smith but with three quarters of Simms mixed in, have struggled:

■ The offense has produced two touchdowns, both at Cincinnati, in its last 39 drives, no TDs in its last 26 possessions.

■ We've had 18 three-and-out series in Buffalo-Baltimore-Miami, the most in a three-game span since the 1970 merger.

■ Our passer rating in the past three games is 27.3, the second-lowest three-game in-season rating since 1980.

"We had a tough loss today and it's a team game," said Smith when asked about his confidence level. "My confidence in myself is always going to be sky-high. But at the same time I've got to realize that as a team we didn't get it done today, so there's a lot of looking in the mirror we've got to do. Individually, I've got to look at myself in the mirror and figure out ways to get better. It seems like I say this every week, but there's always a way to get better and I've got plenty of room to improve."

Added Simms about the battle ahead, both position- and team-wise:

"I'm going to come to practice Wednesday with a lot of energy, a lot of love for the game, and see what happens from there. It's a tough decision for everybody, especially in New York City, especially when we're in the playoff hunt. We just have to put our heads down and work and see what happens."

Semi-Grounded

Our rushing games — running the ball and stopping the run — have been staples of our success this season but the Dolphins flipped the tables in this game.

On offense, we had 99 yards on 22 carries, but one of those carries was Chris Ivory's 32-yard burst to set up our only score. Otherwise we averaged 3.2 yards per carry.

Defensively, it wasn't horrible but the No. 1 rush defense in the league allowed Lamar Miller to gain 72 yards on 22 carries and Miami as a team to go for 125 yards on 36 carries for 3.5 yards per carry. The yards and average were season highs for an opponent.

The result was that for the first time in 13 games, our opponents rushed for more yards than we did, 26 yards to be exact. Thus ends the longest such esoteric streak in franchise history.

More telling, perhaps is that Miami outgained us by 453-177 in yards from scrimmage, a minus-276-yards deficit that is the largest against the Jets since the 1986 regular-season finale at Cincinnati (minus-422) and the largest at home since Game 9 in 1977 vs. Seattle (minus-321).

"It's not just the defense — it's the whole team," said DE Muhammad Wilkerson of the Jets' doldrums. "We haven't played great ball, all three phases. Once we start doing that week in and week out, we'll see the outcome of these games get better."

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