Late hit on Geno Smith sets up 18-17 Jets win

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The Jets have taken a lot of abuse over the years for their tragicomic habit of blowing games in the worst ways possible, but something different happened in the season opener against the Buccaneers.

Tampa out-Jets’d the Jets.

After the Buccaneers snapped out of their daylong slumber long enough to grab a 17-15 lead with 38 seconds to play, linebacker Lavonte David made about as dumb a play as you’re likely to see all season. Geno Smith scrambled for about 10 yards with time running short on the Jets, who were out of timeouts, and had clearly stepped out of bounds when David hit him. It was an obvious foul and set up Nick Folk’s game-winning 48-yard field goal.

The 18-17 win was fueled by Tampa penalties throughout. The undisciplined Bucs were flagged 13 times for a variety of infractions, including a defensive holding on Leonard Johnson that had given the Jets a first down on the way to another Folk field goal in the fourth quarter. The Jets defense stoned Doug Martin most of the day and the Bucs had a hard time exploiting their obvious advantage with Vincent Jackson, who finished with 154 yards on seven catches, often enough to put points on the board. Freeman finished the day 15-of-31 and was sacked three times while also tossing an interception.

Smith turned the ball over twice in the first half, but his decision-making was much better in the second half. The Jets offensive line broke down a bit too often, but Smith was better about throwing the ball away and limiting negative plays. The play calls also kept things simple, which suited Smith well, and the rookie showed he can make plays with his feet when that’s called for.

That’s not to say he looked like a future star all day. It was a rough game to watch offensively on both sides and the Jets can’t rely on so much help from the opposition. But after months of tortured waiting for the season, the Jets are 1-0 and, for the few hours they get before starting to prepare for the Patriots on Thursday, tied for the best record in the entire league.

84 responses to “Late hit on Geno Smith sets up 18-17 Jets win

  1. Not a fan of either team, but thought it was a pretty weak call. There was no intent, he wasn’t flying at the guy or laying a hit or anything. And Geno had just planted a foot out of bounds.

    Anyways, I’m sure we’ll hear about this all week long. ESPN already has a 1 hour special about it scheduled for tomorrow.

  2. You have to give the Jets and Rex Ryan some credit. Teams that are going to mail it in don’t play games like that the whole way even if the other team gives them a lot of help.

  3. With all the crap they get from the media and fans, I’m one of the people rooting for them to prove everyone wrong. Good job Geno.

  4. Talk about a wild and crazy ending. That was worth the price of admission in my man cave after watching the Panthers lose yet another close game they should have won.

  5. That was a terrible call. I’m beyond sick of 15 yard penalties being called when a player touches someone who has been out of bounds for less than 1/2 of a second.

    Welcome to the No Fun League.

  6. If you think about it the jets were in FG range even without the penalty at the end of the run. This was a good showing for Geno, to move a team down field with 35 seconds left in your first professional football game is impressive. I need a defibrillator after that win..Jesus.

  7. Be honest, how many PFT commenters expected Geno Smith to account for 300+ total yards against the new look Bucs?

  8. I lost a parlay bet that would have paid me $1700 because the Bucs are functioning retards. All they needed to do was play the sidelines and endzone and the game is over. No, they rush 4 up the middle and have no contain.

  9. kd75 says:Sep 8, 2013 4:42 PM

    Brutal game to watch. Put me to sleep. Luckily I woke up with one minute left.
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    You should try watching football. Squash does lull one.

  10. “thought it was a pretty weak call. There was no intent, he wasn’t flying at the guy or laying a hit or anything.”

    You can’t touch a QB when he’s out of bounds and Smith was pushed to the ground. That’s enough. It was a penalty.

  11. What a terrible mistake. When a player is that close to the sideline you have to pull off in today’s NFL or that’s a penalty. It’s a fast game and he’s still young at it but has to remember that.

    Vincent Jackson & Josh Freeman is going to be a great combination. Josh might of said that he wasn’t going to follow Vincent around but the moment he realized in an actual game that matters that he has somebody reliable, next thing you know his eyes went to him first.

  12. In the 1st qtr, Smith was scrambling on third down, and was headed for the sideline. He eased up, and the Bucs defender literally stopped, because he figured if he hit him he’d get flagged. Smith then turned upfield, picked up an extra seven yards and got the 1st down. Mike Vick does this move all the time. So if you’re trying to tackle a running quarterback near the sideline, you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

  13. Lavonte is a great player too and played a great game, just made an inexcusable error. If you’re worried he cuts back inside, so what? They have no timeouts.

    And Glennon will start by week 5. I and everyone else has seen enough of Freeman. He gives you moments but nothing consistent. He’s a Jason Cambpell clone. Gotta see if Glennon is the guy cause if not a bad record at least ends up with Tahj Boyd or Teddy Bridgewater.

  14. I have to give hats off for Geno Smith, all the bashing he has received by the media he had a solid game, while running for his life most of the day.

  15. Josh freeman had won the game , the 40 seconds left let the jets march down the field…that was a very WEAK call, Thanks REfs

    Goodbye NFL game as we knew it

  16. Cue Steve Serby and the rest of the NY sports media to start up their Jets/Superbowl stories. You know, as a warmup to the Jets/Wildcard, and then as we all know, Jets/Rebuilding stories that will eventually end the season.

  17. Every Circus has one or two good acts…

    We shall see what they do this coming Thursday night at New England…

  18. So it turns out there is a team with less self-discipline than the Jets. What an incredibly senseless end of game penalty, incurred for absolutely no reason. Pollard-esque. Coaching staff has to take some blame for this.

    Can’t deny the Jets’ effort, though, congrats to the team. I still can’t see Rex being able to build anything. He lucked into this one.

  19. I’m tired of the used car salesman franchise. From the owners, to the GM, to the coaches, to the players. These guys looked like Bums today. Tired of my homerism. You won’t be seeing me at RayJ anytime soon.

  20. Congrats to the Jets, they’ll take it. But that was a bad call. At any rate, it’s nice seeing Revis and his whiny mouth lose at home to his former team.

  21. The Bucs have blown games in ways similar to this quite a lot over their history. I’ll never forget Vinny Testaverde throwing the ball out of bounds to stop the clock as we were driving for a win. Trouble was it was 4th down.

    The Bucs will be lucky to win 4 games this season.

  22. This was a game the Bucs should not have lost! The score should never have been that close. People may blame the loss on David for the late hit and Johnson for the holding penalty, but the two point safety that Freeman caused was the real reason! With out that we win ! Too many stupid penalties!

  23. When a ref calls a penalty that’s going to decide the outcome of the game it should be a clear, obvious, no-argument penalty. The call against David was anything but that.

  24. Love how they have all these stupid ads all over town and the internet trying to sell such a crappy on-the-field product as a good team. Time to fire their head of Marketing. These guys are making it even more of a joke buy kidding themselves! We are going to get torched by New Orleans again this year.

  25. Wow, looking at the thumbs up/thumbs down votes, there’s a lot of love from blind New York Jets fans. I’m a Vikings fan, and will gladly admit they suck. Maybe someday you’ll all grow up, and grow a pair…

  26. So let’s see they’ll be 2 responses..

    #1 I knew it Jets well be great been rooting for it all along Rex will prove everyone wrong!!!
    #2 Horrible call …

    Doesn’t matter what they do its always a friggin story

  27. Depressed by the Falcons loss, but this cheered me up a bit…..classic case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory….

  28. That’s a horrendous call that the NFL is mandating the refs to call. Not the refs fault. Blame the lawyers who are suing the league cause somebody forgot to tell the players in the 90’s and 90’s that football is a contact sport.

  29. He wasn’t “clearly” out of bounds. Watch the replay. He looked to be headed out of bounds but wasn’t technically out of bounds yet. Look it up. And Smith did the same thing earlier in the game except he turned up field and gained 5 more yards.

    Congrats Jets. The refs love NY.

  30. shaggyjeff says:
    Sep 8, 2013 4:49 PM
    Josh freeman had won the game , the 40 seconds left let the jets march down the field…that was a very WEAK call, Thanks REfs

    Goodbye NFL game as we knew it
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    “Turn those machines BACK ONNNNNN!”

  31. there is an obvious pushback from neutral NFL fans against all the hate against the Jets. How could you not root for them after all the time the media spent ridiculing them. Good for Rex and Geno

  32. bucforever is a classic example of a fan that allows his emotion to cloud objectivity. Geno clearly outplayed and handled the pressure better than Freeman. Jets D outplayed the Bucs D. Jets look to be an all around better team.

  33. Biggie says: Sep 8, 2013 4:45 PM

    The Bucs better put Lavonte David on suicide watch.

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    The Daily News better put Manish Mehta on suicide watch.

  34. I’m a Jet fan. Have watched the NFL for 25 years or so.

    I haven’t blamed a loss on bad calls since I was 15.

    Why? Because complaining about calls is for losers.

    The late-hit penalty on Geno Smith was a borderline call. It wasn’t a clear-cut penalty, but it wasn’t a phantom penalty either. If you’re a Bucs fan, you cringed when you saw that play because you immediately knew it *could* be a penalty. And that’s really the point: you can’t put yourself in a position to have someone else make a borderline call on you. Avoiding those situations is part of being a good team.

    And I mean, there was no reason for what Lavonte David did. He wasn’t a cornerback trying to break up a 45-yard pass play that would have changed the game. It was a short run. The game was over. He had it in hand. Geno wasn’t going anywhere. Absolutely no reason for that.

  35. Pats fans are quiet today. And they should be, They know they were just as lucky to win their game as the Jets were today. Brady threw just as many INTs as rookie Geno did against a much more stout defense.

    What a circus TB is! Can’t even get a play called!

  36. sillec28 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 5:03 PM
    When a ref calls a penalty that’s going to decide the outcome of the game it should be a clear, obvious, no-argument penalty. The call against David was anything but that.
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    This is just plain wrong. First, there can’t be a different standard for penalties based on when they occur. Second, the penalty alone did not “decide the outcome of the game.” Jets still had to make a 48-yard field goal.

  37. It’s not very often that a player can be blamed for loosing a game. Lavonte David accomplished that feat today. After the Bucs took the lead with seconds to play in a sloppy, almost unwatchable display of offense, this idiot couldn’t keep his head in the game and the lose is totally on his shoulders. That had to be the most boneheaded penalty I’ve seen. What a moron, what an idiot.

  38. When a ref calls a penalty that’s going to decide the outcome of the game it should be a clear, obvious, no-argument penalty. The call against David was anything but that.
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    Wrong. Penalty in the 1st Quarter is the same as a penalty call in the 4th.
    This isn’t soccer or NBA basketball.

    David doesnt’ touch him, and the Jets are throwing a Hail Mary in the end zone, not kicking a FG to win it.

    Bucs need to smarten up, they had like 13 penalties today.

  39. Good for Geno. I dislike the Jets as much as I do the Pats, but definitely find Geno as someone to root for.

  40. OMG people. That penalty gets called 100% of the time. It wasn’t a bad call. He was obviously going out and was already out when he was hit. What else is he going to do sprinting to the sideline with seconds left and no time outs? Boneheaded plays happen all the time and games are always decided on them, just depends on how bad they are.

  41. Not a fan of either team. I’m happy for Smith. Kid took truckloads of abuse over the pre season. No quit in him,and that’s a good sign if you’re a Jets fan. Nice little coming out for him. As for the call at the end of the game, if that’s anybody but the QB I don’t see that call being made,but with the horrible refereeing league wide, you just never know I guess.

  42. What a great day at the meadowlands. Awesome pressure FG by Folk. I guess Idzik / Rex did something smart they kept the right kicker.

    Great game by Geno, the rook has got some skills and a real strong throwing arm.

  43. Tampa looked horrible. I agree–they won’t win many games and might be in contention for the number 1 pick but I don’t want them to be. They will just mess it up. Clowney most likely would be the best player to take but because Glennon will start sometime this year and finish the season out–they will panic and freak out and realize Freeman and Glennon both suck, then take Bridgewater or some other high rated QB in this year’s class–only to be a bust. I think Dominic and Schiano are out after this year–unless the Glazers just really want to keep being cheap owners. That was an ugly game. The only real bright spot was Tampa had a pass rush and played overall pretty well on defense…but not good enough. Still couldn’t handle any wildcat package, which tells me they won’t be able to handle the read option QBs they still face. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tampa go 1-15 or 2-14 this year. Schiano is in way over his head and should of never been hired…IMO. I would rather have Clowney and try to find a diamond in the rough type QB in rounds 2-4. It happens in later rounds–see Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.

    Ugh…is all I can say. Going to be a long season for us Buccaneer fans. I must say Geno looked pretty darn impressive and the Jets might have finally found their QB. I definitely think Sanchez is gone after this year.

  44. mobuccsfan says:
    Sep 8, 2013 8:58 PM
    Tampa looked horrible. I agree–they won’t win many games and might be in contention for the number 1 pick but I don’t want them to be.
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    Calm down. It’s the first game.

  45. Great sign for a Jets fan, it is possible to win a game, just make sure that one of the opposing teams players make a bonehead move.

    My son texted me about a great win for his team, he neglected to tell me that they won because the Bucs blew it.

  46. Garbage call. Smith’s foot was in the air…he hadn’t touched out of bounds when David pushed him. That said, it was still a dumb play by David; why risk a personal foul first down?

  47. how can anyone even say that was a bad call? “he wasn’t even out of bounds yet”. what?
    if you want to say it’s a bad rule, fine. i disagree but at least that makes some sense.

  48. The Jets victory probably cost them the one thing they need the most…

    The overall #1 draft pick in the 2014 draft.

    Now the Jaguars and Raiders will be fighting it out for the right to select Clowney.

  49. When a ref calls a penalty that’s going to decide the outcome of the game it should be a clear, obvious, no-argument penalty. The call against David was anything but that.
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    David doesnt’ touch him, and the Jets are throwing a Hail Mary in the end zone, not kicking a FG to win it.

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    Wrong, Hindsight is 20/20 and that is what you are using when making that statement.

    At the time David made the decision to push Smith out of bounds Smith was still in bounds, and for all David knew, could have been running down the sideline for a TD.

    If the Ref does not make a horrible call on a player who was not EVEN OUT OF BOUNDS YET then the Jets are throwing a hail mary.

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