Found October 04, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Geno Smith
TEAMS: New York Jets
The New York Jets (2-2) will travel to the Georgia Dome to take on the struggling Atlanta Falcons (1-3) on Monday night. Geno Smith will get a chance to shine in his first Monday Night Football game this week. The Jets are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans last week where they turned the ball over five times. Geno Smith faced some harsh criticism after last weeks performance and had fans questioning why he wasn’t benched for backup quarterback Matt Simms. Smith will have a chance to shine in the big spotlight this week, playing in his first Monday night game. The key for Geno Smith and the Jets offense this week is to  not turn the football over ,and to run the football effectively in order to keep the Atlanta’s Falcons offense off the field. The Jets will be without Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill, their two leading wide receivers this week leaving very little depth at the position. Smith will have to have better pocket presence this week and protect the football with two hands. Smith’s biggest flaw this year has been holding onto the ball too long in the pocket and being careless with the football. Smith’s command and poise will be tested this week with how loud the Georgia Dome can get. Expect the Jets to hand the ball off 25-30 times Monday night. The Jets defense will have to handle the high powered uptempo Falcons offense this week. The Falcons have weapons all over the field with Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez. They key for gang greens defense will to put pressure on Matt Ryan and force some turnovers to help the offense. Rex Ryan has stressed taking the ball away this week on defense. The Jets don’t have a takeaway since week one against Tampa Bay. If Geno Smith can handle the spotlight and reduce the amount of turnovers the Jets offense will succeed against a below average Falcons defense. The defense for the Jets will have to pressure Ryan and force turnovers in order for the Jets to go to Atlanta and steal a victory.

Rex: No color codes for Smith

Red light. Green light. Forget it. A few hours after saying the New York Jets are considering using a wristband with plays designated by color -- red, yellow and green -- to help struggling Geno Smith, Rex Ryan decided against it. ''To be honest with you, I don't plan on doing that now,'' Ryan told ESPN NY 98.7 on Wednesday. The Jets, trying to help cut down...

Jets might use color codes for struggling Smith

Coach Rex Ryan says that the New York Jets are considering having rookie quarterback Geno Smith wear a color-coded wristband to help cut down on turnovers in games. The Jets used the same method during Mark Sanchez's rookie season in 2009 to help him determine how aggressive he can be on a given play. Ryan said Wednesday the team hadn't planned anything specific to aid...

Rex Ryan Scraps Plan to Give Geno Smith Colored Wristbands to Help Him Prevent Turnovers Mark Sanchez-Style

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Red light. Green light. Forget it. A few hours after saying the New York Jets are considering using a wristband with plays designated by color — red, yellow and green — to help struggling quarterback Geno Smith, Rex Ryan decided against it. “To be honest with you, I don’t plan on doing that now,” Ryan told ESPN NY 98.7 on Wednesday. The Jets, trying...

Jets claim TE Zach Sudfeld off waivers

The New York Jets claimed former New England Patriots tight Zach Sudfeld off waivers on Friday, two-and-a-half weeks before the two teams rematch. The Patriots released Sudfeld on Thursday to add wide 

Santonio Holmes Says He ‘Can’t Throw It to Myself and Catch It’ After Just One Reception From Geno Smith in Week 4

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Santonio Holmes is hamstrung by another injury — and a lack of chemistry with his starting quarterback. The New York Jets wide receiver is dealing with a strained hamstring that will likely keep him out of at least the team’s game at Atlanta on Monday night. That’s a setback for the still-developing on-field relationship between him and rookie Geno Smith...

Rex has no clue how to stop Jets’ turnover woes

At 2 p.m. Wednesday Jets head coach Rex Ryan said in an effort to curb the rash of turnovers by his rookie quarterback Geno Smith he was considering going to the red-yellow-green color-coded wristband he used with Mark Sanchez in his rookie year. In a radio interview about three hours later though Ryan backtracked from that plan. The fact Ryan was considering it gives you an idea...

Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets Preview

A win versus the New York Jets can build a little bit of momentum heading into the bye week.  (John Bazemore) For the first time under the current regime, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves two games under .500. Last week’s 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots put the Falcons on a two-game losing streak, which hasn’t happened since 2009. With the New York Jets coming to...

Jets By The Numbers: Week 4

Week 4: @ Tennessee Titans Geno Smith went 23 for 34 (67%), 289 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT, as well as, rushing 3 times for 7 yards. Bilal Powell led the way on the ground with 66 rushing yards on 14 carries. Geno’s two favorite targets in Week 3 were Kellen Winslow, Jr. (6 rec, 73 yards) and Jeremy Kerley (4 rec, 65 yards). For the 4th straight week, the defense played outstanding...

Santonio Holmes: ‘I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would’

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is under plenty of pressure as a rookie who has been thrust into a starting role. Santonio Holmes could miss several weeks with a hamstring injury, but that didn’t stop him from putting even more pressure on the former West Virginia star earlier this week. Holmes had only one […]

Santonio rips Jets: ‘I can’t throw it to myself’

Santonio Holmes’ hamstring is balky but his tongue was as sharp as always Thursday. Asked to explain a seeming lack of production Sunday with Geno Smith he paraphrased another star receiver — the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks. “I played 49 plays and all I know is that I had one catch. That’s all I can attest for’’ said Holmes who added what could be viewed as a thinly veiled...

New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons: 5 Reasons You Will Watch MNF

The New York Jets travel to HotLanta to meet the cold Atlanta Falcons. The Jets are a 9.5 point underdog. It's Monday night, it's Jon Gruden, and it's the Jets. No matter, here are five reasons you will watch the game.1. "They are who we thought they were"The Atlanta Falcons are a disappointing 1-3. The New York Jets are a surprising 2-2. Which team is what...

New York Jets: 2013 Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#26)

Last week: 25 (-1) Record: 2-2 Brandon Moore retired. Mark Sanchez is out for the season. And ESPN took down Butt Fumble as Worst of the Worst. And yet, somehow, the Jets manage to continue to make themselves the butt of jokes (I’ll let you decide whether or not the pun was intended). Geno Smith fumbled this week off of his OWN butt trying to move the ball from one hand to another...

NFL 2013: KIAF Hands Out First Quarter Awards

BY MICHAEL AUGUSTINE ON OCTOBER 3, 2013 The first quarter of the 2013 NFL season is in the books, so I’m going to hand out some awards for underlying achievements. Lets take a look beyond the basic stats and see who is doing some special things. Best Deep Passer- Geno Smith, New York Jets Believe it or not, one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league happens to be the...
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