The results after Geno Smith threw the ball were often not pretty during the Jets 37-14 loss in Buffalo.
The wind blew, the Jets’ playoff chances darkened, and disappointment rained, er reigned in New York’s embarrassing 37-14 loss to last-place Buffalo Sunday. Jets offensive lineman and possible badass Willie Colon eloquently summed up most Jets fans’ reaction to the debacle.
As insightful as Mr. Colon’s words are, they do not fully capture the extent of Sunday’s debacle. Save running the football, the Bills dominated all phases of the game and, more distressingly, provided Jets fans with another worrisome data point on young quarterback Geno Smith. New York’s signal caller completed 8 of 23 passes and committed four turnovers playing so poorly that NFL.com deemed it appropriate to give Geno his own lowlight reel from Sunday’s game.
“Are you trying to follow in the footsteps of Mark Sanchez? Is he teaching you all the insights he gained? Have you been watching film with him?” demanded one reporter to Geno in the post-game press conference. Geno started to respond but was interrupted by a long-time press member who flung a shoe at his face.
Jets Coach Rex Ryan, however, refused to pin all the blame on Geno, and exploded with a team-wide rant in the locker room after the game.
“You let E.J. Manuel get a 121.9 QB rating! You let some dude called Marquise Goodwin and some schmuck named T.J. Graham catch touchdown passes! And you managed only one sack… WHAT THE $*&# DID YOU GUYS DO DURING THE BYE WEEK?!?” Ryan spewed.
Still, the news out of Jets camp isn’t all bad. Three days before the Buffalo game, New York signed ball-hawking safety and future Hall of Famer Ed Reed after he was cut by Houston. The nine-time Pro Bowler made his first contribution when it became known that he chose to join the Jets over the hated Patriots leaving Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at the prom without a date.
Furthermore, the Jets believe that Reed can make additional contributions. New York has a pivotal clash with fellow wild-card candidate Baltimore next Sunday, and having spent his first 10 seasons with the Ravens, Reed is keen to pass on inside information about his former team. Knowing that Reed has 12 years of experience after entering the NFL at age 23, Jets players have started calling their new teammate 0035, and Reed was seen leaving Ralph Wilson Stadium with one Daniel Craig after Sunday’s game. Ryan refused to comment on the two after they were seen boarding a plane for Baltimore Sunday evening.
AFC East Standings - Week 11, 2013
New England 7 3 .778
NEW YORK 5 5 .500
Miami 5 5 .500
Buffalo 4 7 .364