Geno Smith, Jets hit new low as QB benched early for Michael Vick in 43-23 blowout loss to Bills

By on October 27, 2014

If you thought Percy Harvin had a problem with Russell Wilson, imagine how he feels about his new starting quarterback.

In Harvin’s first game as a Jet, he witnessed Geno Smith turn in one of the worst performances in NFL history. The second-year QB threw more interceptions (3) than completions (2), setting the tone for a dismal, disgusting and depressing 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills that ended in front of about 70,000 empty seats at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Vick, who came in for the awful Smith (0.0 QB rating) didn’t fare much better, turning the ball over three times as well, but at least it took him three quarters, not four series, to do so.

The seventh straight loss — coming on the heels of a gritty effort 10 days ago in New England — buried the Jets in the AFC East and likely sealed the fate of Smith and Rex Ryan, who, for the first time after a game this season said he has “no idea” who his starting QB would be next week in Kansas City.

“That was terrible,” Muhammad Wilkerson said. “That wasn’t Jets football. And this sucks. It sucks. We stunk it up.”

Ya think?

Smith was so bad, he didn’t even make it out of the first quarter, going 2-for-8 for five yards with the three picks in four series.

“He was misfiring,” Ryan said of Smith in the understatement of the century. “It was disappointing. I’m getting sick and tired of losing, that’s for sure.”

The combination of Smith’s terrible performance on Sunday combined with his shaky-at-best track record has put his starting job in jeopardy even with the Jets season lost.

Smith has had multiple turnovers in half of the 24 games he has started as a pro. The QB also underwent an X-ray on his right shoulder after the game, although he wouldn’t reveal the extent of the injury.

When the Jets turned to Vick in the first quarter, he initially provided a spark with his legs. Despite some questionable throws, the backup QB brought the Jets to within seven points at the half. But the good fortune didn’t last, as the Jets lost two of Vick’s four total fumbles, and the QB threw an interception as well.

“I think in the second half we kind of killed ourselves,” said Vick after finishing 18-of-36 for 153 yards, with 69 rushing yards and the three turnovers.

With the QB job in limbo, Vick added, “I would love to start.”

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Harvin, making his Jets debut after being shipped out of Seattle — reportedly for issues with Russell Wilson — flashed some brilliance on a couple of plays but didn’t make much of an impact, gaining 50 total yards on seven touches. Unlike in Seattle, the Jets did send him downfield: he was the intended target while running a go route, but fell down, on Smith’s first interception.

“We’re not a bad football team,” Eric Decker said. “We just do stupid stuff.”

The defense, put to the test by the six turnovers, had its decent moments, but in the end got torched by Kyle Orton — yes that Kyle Orton. There was a stretch in which the Jets didn’t allow a first down on seven straight Buffalo drives. But two big plays by Sammy Watkins — one a 61-yard TD and another an 84-yard catch that would have been a touchdown if he didn’t start a premature celebration — nullified any good feelings.

As the Jets were giving away the ball early and often, they did not force a single turnover themselves, continuing a disturbing trend. They have caused just three turnovers in eight games, the same number Smith had in four minutes of the first quarter.

The Jets’ outlook for the remainder of the season is depressing: eight games with nothing to play for. Their coach who began the season on the hot seat is all but toast.

Ryan, who said he isn’t worried about his job status, continued to defend the effort and talent on his roster. But his players are not returning the favor on the field.

“He’s hurt,” Sheldon Richardson said of Ryan. “He needs help.”

For just a moment, Ryan looked on the bright side.

“One thing we know is that it can’t get a whole hell of a lot worse,” he said.

Actually, the Jets have eight more chances to prove him wrong. 

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