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Geno Smith fails to impress before limping off the field


Although Mark Sanchez threw a pick-six on the Jets’ first possession of the preseason, he’s still probably ahead of Geno Smith in the race to be the Jets’ starting quarterback.

Smith did not play particularly well after replacing Sanchez in Detroit, failing to get much of anything going while directing the Jets’ offense. Although his numbers look decent — he completed six of seven passes for 47 yards — he was throwing mostly short and safe passes, and after Smith hit Clyde Gates for 15 yards on his first pass, the Jets never got another first down with Smith on the field. Every possession Smith played ended with a punt.

On his final play Smith attempted to run, but he fell down untouched, appeared to roll his ankle and limped off the field. He was replaced by third-string quarterback Greg McElroy.

The ankle injury did not appear to be serious, but it was a disappointing showing for Smith. And despite Sanchez’s interception on his first series, Sanchez actually played pretty well, completing 10 of 13 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. At the moment, Sanchez appears to be the leader in the Jets’ quarterback competition.

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  1. mikeheruki says: Aug 9, 2013 9:42 PM


  2. Abattoir says: Aug 9, 2013 9:42 PM

    What does Greg McElroy have to do to get a legitimate chance to start?

  3. newenglandsports11 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:43 PM

    Jets are gonna be a new kind of bad this year.

  4. thebigtim2012 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:45 PM

    Seriously I would love to know why McElroy doesn’t get a serious look. He can’t be as bad as smith and but fumble

  5. cwk22 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:46 PM

    Still early in preseason, but it doesn’t look like Smith will be giving Sanchez much competition.

  6. peytonsneckl8 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:46 PM

    Feel bad for this team. HTTR

  7. jakec4 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:46 PM

    Now all they need is an Asian QB to have their bases completely covered. They say New York is the melting pot.

  8. jetsclaps says: Aug 9, 2013 9:47 PM

    “He was terrible! His numbers were good but trust me, he was terrible! So was Sanchez too! Go Patriots, I hate the Jets!”

    – Michael David Smith

  9. detroitcityy says: Aug 9, 2013 9:47 PM

    Battle to see who’s worse

  10. ecupatsfan12 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:47 PM

    You send this script to the movies it gets thrown out… lets see a CB who doesn’t know half of his kids names..a wide receiver who is a diva and throws the QB under a bus, another WR who called the front office “idiots” a 5th year QB who looks like a rookie and has committed 50 turnovers in 2 years, a head coach with a foot fetish, a tailback charged with illegal carrying of firearms, a rookie QB who appears to have nothing upstairs and hires Jay Z as his agent..and to top it all off they harass and cast off the most hardworking player they have in the locker room….

  11. txeer304 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:48 PM

    Wait soooo going 6/7 47 yards is not impressive? its not like the play calling allowed him to do anything? in fact with Smith in the game that gained 47 yards when passing when rushing they were -8 yards, the O line had 3 flags…
    so thats a little mis-leading saying he wasn’t impressive

  12. z561 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:48 PM

    And then he went and sat on the bench and played on his iPhone.

  13. sourdoughsam says: Aug 9, 2013 9:53 PM

    Greg McElroy should feel pretty slighted. He may not be as naturally gifted as Sanchez or Smith, but he will protect the ball a lot better than either of them.

  14. mp4philly says: Aug 9, 2013 9:53 PM

    McElroy is probably their best qb

  15. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    LOL! This is going to be a great season!

  16. rr2000k says: Aug 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    The jokes just write themselves.

  17. gadzod says: Aug 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    Meanwhile, over West where the only team in New York State plays (Buffalo for you dummy’s out there), EJ Manuel has done nothing but improve and impress the coaching staff. He is also starting tomorrow. I guess everything saying he was a reach and should have taken Geno Smith are inserting foot into mouth right now.

  18. cwk22 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    As a Dolphin fan I hate the Jets. I hate to see Smith get hurt too. But as unimpressive as he was, he saved himself further embarrassment.

  19. gdeli says: Aug 9, 2013 9:56 PM

    But all guys talk about is Sanchezs pick six. Drama lovers!

  20. jiggy3198 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    It’s nothing but a comedy of errors and 4-12

  21. gdeli says: Aug 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    Maybe MacElroy Well save the Jets season!

  22. glazerh8er says: Aug 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    He is not the answer Jets. You are doomed for a LONG time. You can tell yourself whatever you want. Everyone raves about his college shootouts forgetting that there was some nobody QB on the other end of them every time!!!!!!

  23. bennyb82 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:00 PM

    Greg McElrow…the 3rd string quarterback who will likely continue to enter 2nd.

  24. richiesaurus310 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:01 PM

    Anyone have a good tattoo removal shop for Rex?

  25. jkonigsb says: Aug 9, 2013 10:02 PM

    Wow, guess you didnt feel the need to mention that he played without any starting lineman on the field, which resulted in 30 yds of penalties from the o-line.

  26. fitz66 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:03 PM

    6-7 in his first NFL game is unimpressive? He doesn’t call the plays- get off his butt.

  27. idothis2 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:03 PM

    Abattoir says: Aug 9, 2013 9:42 PM

    What does Greg McElroy have to do to get a legitimate chance to start?
    stop holding the ball too long. stop fumbling like he just did. stop getting concussions like the one he just got from that big hit…

  28. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 9, 2013 10:05 PM

    Smith has already been cut by Jay Z

  29. fryeways says: Aug 9, 2013 10:06 PM

    They should take up knitting.

  30. jets12 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:07 PM


  31. pinion8ted says: Aug 9, 2013 10:08 PM

    So what you’re saying is that once again, the Jets enter a season without a legitimate NFL quarterback, right?

  32. fordmandalay says: Aug 9, 2013 10:09 PM

    After not playing well in his first game, the first thing Geno Smith did was to fire his agent.

  33. raiderapologist says: Aug 9, 2013 10:09 PM

    Smith is trying to steal Matt Flynn’s crown.

  34. newyorkshets says: Aug 9, 2013 10:10 PM

    It can only happen to the jets lol . Ladies and gentlemen the 0-16 NY Jets. Get that uhaul ready rexy. You’re finished.

  35. bowmanj35 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:12 PM

    he who sucks least, starts for the jets.

  36. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:12 PM

    I heard the td he threw was against the second string defense

  37. libraves99 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    Your right, he,s good. I would like to him play with the starters

  38. ryann252013 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    Okay..maybe he’s not okay. G-Mac OUR LAST HOPE

  39. axespray says: Aug 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    So he’s basically the black chad pennington?
    checkdown – checkdown – checkdown for 2 yards!

  40. murraysons says: Aug 9, 2013 10:14 PM

    Abattoir says:
    Aug 9, 2013 9:42 PM
    What does Greg McElroy have to do to get a legitimate chance to start?

    Get paid more

  41. thejuddstir says: Aug 9, 2013 10:17 PM

    Geno Smith fails to impress, Mark Sanchez fails to impress..the jets fail to impress , now try telling us something that we don’t already know.

  42. lostsok says: Aug 9, 2013 10:18 PM

    At least they have a replacement for Tebow. He’s a horrible QB useless at any other position, just him Tim.

  43. lostsok says: Aug 9, 2013 10:19 PM

    “What does Greg McElroy have to do to get a legitimate chance to start?”

    Get traded to a team with a real coaching staff.

  44. libraves99 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:20 PM

    McElroy should be the starter. Com on Jets wake up

  45. shivablast says: Aug 9, 2013 10:21 PM

    This is all Rush Limbaugh’s fault.

  46. GenXJay says: Aug 9, 2013 10:22 PM

    what will the circus do?

  47. gcbean says: Aug 9, 2013 10:23 PM

    You can’t make this stuff up. Gonna get some popcorn because this is getting good.

  48. libraves99 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:24 PM

    Geno overrated

  49. SAV says: Aug 9, 2013 10:24 PM

    Geno Smith has happy feet….

  50. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2013 10:31 PM

    I’m honestly not sure why that would surprise anyone. He wasn’t a sure thing.
    He was only talked up and drafted as high as he was due to the lack of QB talent in the draft.
    He probably won’t amount to much more than a journeyman backup, if anything.

  51. catquick says: Aug 9, 2013 10:33 PM

    Dont these guys tape their ankles?

  52. jets12 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:34 PM

    Sanchez was okay.

  53. lennydpocketqb says: Aug 9, 2013 10:34 PM

    Lack of conditioning.

  54. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    Ryan Leaf can beat out Sanchez right now, just sayin.

  55. FlashPatterson says: Aug 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    He’s too dumb to be a good qb.. sorry for being honest.

  56. belliott07 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:40 PM


  57. mylionsroaring says: Aug 9, 2013 10:52 PM

    I thought the Lions played pretty bad, but I guess they won. I feel for you Jet fans this year if the Lions can beat you when the play poorly. Good luck this year I am afraid you may need it.

  58. mitchem85 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:55 PM

    For Detroit?

  59. igotgamenj says: Aug 9, 2013 11:00 PM


  60. elliottcovert says: Aug 9, 2013 11:02 PM

    The real QB competition for the Jets is whether they’ll take Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater with the #1 overall pick next year.

  61. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 9, 2013 11:04 PM

    Right now Jay Z is all….


  62. philahitman says: Aug 9, 2013 11:10 PM

    Why do we have to have the Jets and Cowboys shoved down our throats all preseason when theyre both irrelevant during every regular season???

  63. vaster says: Aug 9, 2013 11:19 PM

    “What does Greg McElroy have to do to get a legitimate chance to start?”

    McElroy is a great leader with sound fundamentals and is excellent against the 2nd and 3rd team in August.

    Throw him against the San Diego Chargers 1st team on a windy fall day…. SackElroy happens.

    The Jets had a QB just like him – Chad Pennington. It worked out pretty good but you need a QB with a strong arm in the NY. Sadly, Sanchez arm is better, the rest of him isn’t.

  64. corkspop says: Aug 9, 2013 11:23 PM

    And Smith was potentially the first pick in the draft? Sure-fire first QB picked????

  65. officialgame says: Aug 9, 2013 11:30 PM

    That was hard to predict.. Not. Geno and Marty is like the blind leading the blind.

  66. daknight93 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:34 PM

    Give McElroy a chance…we all know Mark is a bum and Geno is a rookie, McElroy deserves just as many snaps as Mark and Geno…geez the Jets don’t have any wide outs to help these quarterbacks…the jets situation is a pure mess!

  67. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:05 AM

    I just saw the pick 6…that was horrendous. To somehow think Sanchez redeemed himself is laughable. You have to throw four touchdowns to make up for that pick 6.

  68. monster1211 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:07 AM

    Passed up on Barkley!!!! Suuuuuucks

  69. jrcoop says: Aug 10, 2013 12:22 AM

    It’s the rookie’s phenom’s preseason debut, right jet fan… (crickets chirping). Now I understand why they didn’t name a starter.

  70. geniusesq says: Aug 10, 2013 1:09 AM

    The struggle to be better than bad.

  71. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 10, 2013 1:41 AM

    Geno injured himself with nobody near him. A very embarrassing play to say the least. Also an ugly look at his ankle twisting from the inside out.

  72. nyjetsfan08 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:18 AM

    Kaper Nick, RGIII he is not!

  73. sandypar77 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:23 AM

    Sounds like a choke job to me, how long till this guy prematurely retires?

  74. texansfan713 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:22 AM

    Are the jets just trying to be entertaining?

  75. nflmadnness says: Aug 10, 2013 3:39 AM

    Busted, crybaby…:

  76. celriot1 says: Aug 10, 2013 5:34 AM

    First three and out: 2nd and 3, two consecutive runs not picked up.
    Second three and out: False start then loss of 4 on a run. 2nd and 19, pass picks up 9. Then picks up 7, punt.

    Next possession was the ankle tweak. Failed to impress? Sure, ok. He did fail to ‘impress’ I guess. He did, however, hit every one of his throws with his only incompletion being a tipped ball. And he didn’t throw a pick 6 (and nearly have a 2nd) like Sanchez did. How are you going to criticize short throws in a WCO?

    I don’t think your analysis is very fair, and I wouldn’t give any kind of edge to Sanchez.

  77. erfoster says: Aug 10, 2013 6:26 AM

    who do they take? johnny football or clowney with the 1st overall pick?

  78. cool10857 says: Aug 10, 2013 6:48 AM

    Sanchez sucks. Geno will be a bust.

  79. lrjets says: Aug 10, 2013 6:48 AM

    thejuddstir says:Aug 9, 2013 10:17 PM

    Geno Smith fails to impress, Mark Sanchez fails to impress..the jets fail to impress , now try telling us something that we don’t already know.

    Jets fans are, and have been more than aware of the deficits the Jets have, one has to wonder why Jets haters as yourself possess the need to repeat it day after day after day?

    Talk about deficits!

  80. giantsfan64 says: Aug 10, 2013 6:48 AM

    Sanchez is ahead in the race??? Surprise. Tim Tebow would win the job there. So would Pat White. They both are terrible. What do you expect?? The only good thing Sanchez does is the HOT women he’s tapping. Kate Upton. Eva Longoria, & Matt Leinart. Oops.

  81. patriots123456 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:07 AM

    It just doesn’t look like it’s going to be a good year for the Jets.

  82. spankygreen says: Aug 10, 2013 7:08 AM

    before you guys get your panties in a wad over McElroy, about how much of a chance he is not getting just remember………..

    He’s 3rd string for a reason…….there is very little greatness that deep on the charts…….

  83. puckfitt says: Aug 10, 2013 7:12 AM

    Turned an ankle, pull a hamstring, I don’t care. You are the QB, you do NOT take yourself out of the game! If you can get back to the huddle, then you can still play. You will never win the job if the coach and teammates picture you in a skirt. #NoRespect

  84. eyefeeler says: Aug 10, 2013 7:18 AM

    The Jets get a lot of screen time on this site.

  85. nyg201 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:34 AM

    I think Geno showed some poise in his first ever start at QB in the NFL.

    Sanchez threw an INT almost threw a second one in another series if not for Kellen Winslow being there to knock the ball out.

  86. pekkle007 says: Aug 10, 2013 8:38 AM

    “Winning by default. Never have there been sweeter words.” – Homer Simpson

  87. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    McElroy isn’t the answer unless your defense can win games 7-6.

  88. bleedgreen says: Aug 10, 2013 9:22 AM

    jakec4 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 9:46 PM
    Now all they need is an Asian QB to have their bases completely covered. They say New York is the melting pot.

    1 4

    What’s Timmy Chang doing these days?

  89. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:01 AM

    Rex Ryan’s downfall is similar to Singletary’s. He doesn’t know how to hire a coaching staff. If he would have hired Hudson Hauck or Jim Michalczik to coach his O Line he could go back to grounding and pounding. Really the Jets haven’t been the same since they lost Bill Callahan.

  90. aldante66 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    Please give Geno a chance. Once the pre season is over and we see if he can pass for more than just 5 yard dink passes, then we can legitamately call him a bust.

    Hey he was a number two pick for your team so he must be good.

  91. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    Tis article spins it like Sanchez wasn’t that bad but he did throw a pick six. Rex Ryan must have written this.

  92. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 10, 2013 9:37 PM

    No interception from Geno in first possession.

    Did not have starters with him for his third possession.(Sanchez needed 3rd drive with starters for TD.

    Too many runs with Geno.

    Where was that great reporting folks?

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