Geno Smith and the Jets are proving everyone wrong
No one knew who was going to win the starting quarterback position. No one knew how long Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan would remain in that position and lastly, last season’s blunders were still ever present in everyone’s mind.
Well, five games into the season, the Jets are not joking around. Thanks to their 30-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons last night in Atlanta, the Jets are 3-2 and find themselves tied for second with the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East.
The team may not have a lot of firepower or the big names that stand out on a game-to-game basis but what they do have is a team that is working hard to get better every game and is finding ways to win in doing so. Here is what else they have that has helped them to a good start this season:
He may be a rookie quarterback and he may still be making rookie mistakes but nevertheless, Geno Smith is proving that the Jets made the right move in drafting him.
What he did against the Falcons in one of the league’s toughest buildings to win in was extremely impressive. Smith completed 16 of 20 attempts for 197 yards and three touchdowns.
That was not the only thing that Smith did that stood out in his team’s big victory. It was his poise in his club’s last drive of the game that put his team in position to kick a field goal to win the game.
On that drive, Smith quickly moved the ball down the field, did not make any mistakes and more importantly, did a great job of protecting the ball. Smith looked like a veteran on that drive and did everything he could to give his team an opportunity to win.
He may be just five games into career but right now, the Jets have to like what they have seen from Smith.
When the Falcons came back to take the lead, the Jets could have easily given up.
In a tough building to begin with, the odds were against them and if they ended up losing, they could have taken it as a “moral victory”. The Jets could have come away feeling good about keeping the game close and even having a lead over the Falcons for much of the game.
Last year’s Jets might have done that but not this year’s. This team fights until the end and does not give up.
With a lot of football left to be played, they will need to continue to play with that never say die attitude if they want to find a way to stay in the playoff hunt.
That Winning Feeling
For the first time since a few years ago, the Jets are starting to remember what it is like to win football games.
Last season, the Jets were the laughing stock of the league. The team went 6-10, had trouble coming up with the big play when they needed it and did not get the kind of play they needed to from quarterback Mark Sanchez.
One season later, the Jets already have three wins, have been competitive in most of the games they have played this season and have done a better job in keeping their mistakes to a minimum.
More importantly, they are starting to show that they have confidence in themselves to come up with the big play when they need it the most.
Are There More Surprises Ahead?
Again, there is still a lot of football left to be played but if the team continues to perform this way, they may end up surprising even more people and fans around the league by winning some more games.