FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Geno Smith expects to compete for his job next season. "Yes, I do," the rookie quarterback said Monday. "I'm going to be in full competition with myself and every other guy who's in camp."
His statement came as no surprise, considering general manager John Idzik's fixation with the word "competition."
Smith was named the week-to-week starter after Mark Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in training camp. Regardless of who's on the depth chart in 2014, Smith knows he has to elevate his play in these next two games.
"I set the bar high for myself," said Smith, who has thrown for 2,642 yards, 10 TDs and 21 interceptions. "I always will. That's the way I'll improve, by setting that bar high and keep climbing."
He completed 15 of 28 passes for 167 yards and a TD and rushed for 44 yards on six carries in the Jets' 30-20 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He also threw a costly pick-6 to Captain Munnerlyn to help put the game out of reach.
"Obviously, the pick-6 hurt us. Very detrimental," Smith said. "For the most part, we did some good things, but overall we had some negatives that ended up biting us in the butt."
Coach Rex Ryan said the Panthers' blocked punt was the result of a "technical" error. The Jets chose to go with three gunners to contain speedy return man Ted Ginn Jr., but in doing so, they allowed Jason Williams to rush long snapper Tanner Purdum. Williams blocked the punt, setting up a 14-yard touchdown drive that made it 23-13.
"Imagine having your head down and then snapping the ball and having to block somebody. It's not easy," linebacker Garrett McIntyre said.
Ryan agreed but added: "Are there things we could have done a better job physically? Absolutely . . . We had the numbers . . . Obviously, you're not in an ideal situation as you're snapping the ball and then having to protect, but that's always been the case in this league."