CORTLAND, N.Y. - The fireworks came well after the Jets' offense walked off the field. Literally
Not a single touchdown was scored during Saturday night's Green and White scrimmage despite four straight chances from the 1-yard line on a second-half drive led by starter Geno Smith and the second-team offense.
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"Let's enjoy the fireworks," Smith said as the rapid-fire explosions illuminated the nighttime sky. "That's the best part of the whole night right now."
That certainly was true for Smith, who almost was picked off by Antonio Allen and Darrin Walls and was sacked several times. Unofficially, the second-year quarterback was 7-for-14 for 84 yards. Backup Michael Vick finished 7-for-13 for 47 yards and rushed for 35 yards.
The only points came courtesy of field goals by Nick Folk (34 yards) and Andrew Furney (47 yards).
"We didn't score enough points as an offense," a frustrated Smith said. "We got down to the red zone two or three times, had an opportunity to score and only came away with three points. So we've got to do a better job of capitalizing once we get down to the red zone."
Greg Salas was the breakout star on offense with five catches for 54 yards, including a leaping 14-yard reception over the middle on a pass from Vick.
A pass-interference penalty on a deep-ball heave from Smith to Salas in the end zone resulted in first-and-goal from the 1. But running back Alex Green was stuffed three straight times, and on fourth-and-goal, linebacker Garrett McIntyre "sacked" Smith.
"That was awesome," Rex Ryan said of the goal-line stand. "You love it as a defensive coach."
Ryan didn't seem troubled by the offense's inability to get in the end zone.
"We don't anticipate giving up a whole lot of points with that [defensive] group and it's just great competition," he said. "And I think we'll just continue from there. I think when we tee it off for real on Thursday night [against the Colts], I think we'll probably put up some points."
Vick, meanwhile, generated some cheers from the crowd thanks to his legs. He still has some moves despite being 35.
"Try chasing him," defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. "And he most definitely was jogging today.''
New Jets Eric Decker and Chris Johnson were eased into the offense. Decker said he was limited to 20 to 25 plays after suffering a mild hamstring injury Thursday in practice. Johnson said it felt good to finally test his surgically repaired knee in a game situation.