Jets QB Geno Smith leads the league with 5 turnovers through three games.
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Despite the recent struggles of QB Geno Smith, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is not ready to throw in the towel on him.
”I think everybody’s behind Geno,”Ryan said Tuesday. ”He’s our quarterback and our football team believes in him, so that’s it.”
The statement comes as the Jets are off to a 1-2 start following a 27-19 loss on Monday night to the Chicago Bears.
Smith had a rough game, with one of his two interceptions – on his first throw of the game – returned for a touchdown.
The second-year quarterback had a few other throws nearly picked off, and some of the suspect decision-making that marked his rookie season showed up again at times. That all had some fans calling for the Jets to consider replacing Smith with backup Michael Vick.
“We’re happy that we have Mike Vick on this team,” Ryan said. ”But, we believe in Geno. We understand that it wasn’t great and he made some mistakes, but we’ve just got to get better and we’ve got to learn from these and then move on.”
The Jets drafted Smith No. 39 overall in the 2013 NFL draft. He started all 16 games for the Jets in 2013 but was benched on multiple occasions for poor performance.