Head coach Rex Ryan announced Wednesday that Smith would be the starter against Miami on Monday night. Smith was benched in Week 8 against Buffalo after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter. This time around, Smith said that protecting the ball is paramount: "I'm preparing myself to go out there and give us a chance to win. Other than that, it's pretty much maintaining the same preparation (and) mechanics that I've had throughout the weeks and just trying to go out there and do my best. But I think first things first, protect the football. I think that's what everybody wants to see and that's what I want to see from myself. So, I want to go out there with that intent. Also, try to help us try to score points and get the victory."