After a very promising start to the season, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith took a step back last night in his teams 27-19 loss at home to Chicago.
Smith had started the season well, and just when it was starting to look like he’d put his poor rookie season behind him he threw a pick six on the second play of the game - immediately putting New York on the back foot.
Ryan Mudy was the beneficiary. Geno Smith faked a screen and threw to a space - rather than at a receiver - and Mundy just happened to be filling it. Poor vision from Geno.
Bad decision making would see It got worse for Geno deep in the 3rd quarter when Bears rookie Kyle Fuller picked him off in the end zone with the score at 24-13.
Overall, Smith completed 26 from 43 passes and finished the game with 316 yards, 1 touchdown & 2 interceptions.
Martellus Bennet and Kyle fuller came up big for Chicago. Bennett with two touchdown receptions and Fuller, the 1st round rookie out of Virginia Tech made the crucial pick in his own end zone.
While it was a poor throw from Smith, credit has to be given to Fuller who read the situation well:
“It looked like he kind of baited him into throwing it,” nickel back Isaiah Frey said. “Geno was scrambling. [Fuller] said he didn’t. But I think naturally he did. He kind of fell off a little bit, made it look like he had an open window, and then when Geno threw it, [Fuller] just jumped in front it.”
Fuller now leads the league in interceptions with 3 and The Bears certainly look as though they’ve landed themselves a serious player.
As for New York though - Geno Smith must improve, or we can expect to see Michael Vick under centre sooner rather than later.