Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jets’ Geno Smith says he was playing like a robot

New York Jets rookie Geno Smith played well to give his team a win over the Oakland Raiders. Smith threw for 219 yards completing 16 of 25 passes. Smith had a touchdown pass and an interception but he had a solid 87.3 quarterback rating.

Smith credits it to relaxing and playing more naturally.

“I was playing like a robot. Everything is not ideal on the field. Sometimes you’ve got to improvise,” Smith said, via the New York Times. “I think I kind of got into this zone where I just tried to be way too perfect. And that’s almost impossible to do at any level, especially as a rookie. There were times where I was so caught up in running the play and executing it to perfection that I didn’t allow my natural ability to take over.”

Earlier in the month, just days before the Raiders game, Jets head coach Rex Ryan gave Smith a vote of confidence.

“I’m going to go with Geno as our quarterback,” Ryan said via Charlie Frankel of during a press conference earlier in the month. “I believe in Geno. I think he has the tools to be a good quarterback in this league.

It looks like his faith was rewarded for now at least.

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  • J K

    Can’t say I see this one game making him a Star in this league. A beat up depleted Raiders squad allowed far too many errors and is the real story of the game.
    I will say this, this One Game may have saved the Coaches job for now.