By Jeff Fetter: New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith finally stopped stinking up the joint after 6 consecutive poor games to beat the Cleveland Browns (4-11) by a 24-12 score on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Smith wasn’t great, let’s not get it twisted. But he did a decent job in completing 20 of 36 passes for 214 yards with 2 touchdown passes and 48 yards on 10 carries with 1 touchdown run.
Those are decent numbers, but you have to look at who Smith did this against. The Browns are a 4-11 team with a weak defense. It’s not as if Smith was playing against the San Francisco 49ers and burning them with touchdown passes and TD runs.
Then game was tied at halftime 10-10, but the Jets then pulled away in the 2nd half with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Smith to David Nelson and then a 17 yard touchdown run by Smith in the 4th quarter.
Browns quarterback Josh Campbell struggled in the game in completing just 18 of 40 passes for 178 yards with 2 interceptions and 3 sacks.
Perhaps one reason for Smith and the Jets strong play was the rumor that the Jets head coach Rex Ryan will be coaching his last game next Sunday in the Jets game against the Miami Dolphins. The word is that Ryan will be fired. I don’t know why this would be a surprise to any of the Jets players, as the team is 7-8, and won’t be in the playoffs. This is the second consecutive poor year for the team, and even if they win next Sunday, which I kind of doubt, you’re still talking about an 8-8 team.
With a record like that, of course Ryan is likely to be fired at the end of the season. That and his poor decision to play Mark Sanchez behind a backup offensive line during the preseason, resulting in him suffering a shoulder injury. As the head coach of the team, you got to be thinking about stuff when you’re playing your quarterback. Using Geno Smith as the starter this season when it was painfully obvious that he didn’t have the talent or the skills to start in this league, was another bumbling move by Ryan. He should have benched Smith as soon as the team starting tanking earlier this season and gone with Matt Simms as the Jets starting quarterback. Now it’s too late, as the team is 7-8 and the word is Ryan will be fired after the final game of the season for the Jets.