Jets quarterback Geno Smith gave himself high marks for his performance in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Patriots. "After watching it on tape, I think I played good," he said on a conference call Monday.
But Smith's stat line -- 17-for-27 passing for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception and an 83.9 rating -- didn't tell the full story. His third-quarter pick put the Pats in position to score the go-ahead TD and he was sacked twice in the fourth quarter. The second one went for a 10-yard loss on third-and-4 during the Jets' final drive and left them with a 52-yard field-goal attempt that was tipped.
Smith grew snippy when pressed on his decision to hold on to the ball at such a critical point. "I talked about it [Sunday]. I know you're supposed to get the ball away in that situation. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to and I wasn't able to," he said. ". . . I'm pretty sure you guys have seen the play. There is no outlet in that situation on that play . . . The back was in protection."
Though coach Rex Ryan was critical of Smith's situational awareness immediately after the game, he had softened by Monday. "It's easy for me to be critical of Geno about, hey, you've got to get rid of the football and things. Now, you really see what he saw," Ryan said. "The guy was on top of him immediately and we had done a great job in protection the whole game and then we blow [one]."
Ryan is hopeful that center Nick Mangold (ankle) and Percy Harvin (ribs) will play in Miami on Sunday. Said Ryan, "One thing I know about both those players, if they can play, they're going to play."