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Geno Smith wants to use frustration as fuel

Quarterback Geno Smith of the Jets scrambles with

Quarterback Geno Smith of the Jets scrambles with the football past outside linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL game at Lambeau Field on Sept. 14, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisc. Credit: Getty Images / Christian Petersen

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Geno Smith tried but could not shake it. The frustration lingered, eating away at him, and there was nothing he could do.

Usually, the Jets quarterback can put losses behind him right away. But Sunday's wild finish at Lambeau Field was far more difficult to forget.

"I was [upset] for about two days,'' Smith said Wednesday in a rare unfiltered moment. "So today's practice allowed me to flush that out of my system.''

Not only did the Jets lose, 31-24, but they beat themselves. They blew an 18-point first-half lead, allowed the Packers to march 97 yards for a score before halftime and called a timeout that negated a potentially tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.

But Smith gave himself a clean slate the moment his cleats crunched the practice field's grass. Each throw he made wasn't a redo for what transpired Sunday, but rather preparation for his next challenge. With a Monday Night Football matchup awaiting them against the Bears, there is no time to rue missed opportunities.

"We've got to get over last week's loss,'' Smith said. "And a good way to do that is to come out and practice really hard during the week and get better.''

The Jets let the Packers' Jordy Nelson go off for a career-high 209 receiving yards. Now Rex Ryan's defense will have to deal with lengthy Bears receivers Brandon Marshall (6-4), Alshon Jeffery (6-3) and Martellus Bennett (6-5).

So how exactly do you simulate that type of height and speed in practice?

"That is rare, and to try to simulate a Brandon Marshall or Calvin Johnson, you're not going to put [5-9 Jalen] Saunders out there,'' Ryan joked. "You're not going to put [6-7 tackle] Breno [Giacomini] out there, either. It's tough, there's no doubt.''

For Smith, the challenge will be to take what the Bears' defense gives him, to make accurate throws and, above all else, protect the football. He's thrown a touchdown and an interception in each of the past two games, and his pick Sunday helped set up the Packers' 97-yard drive that cut the Jets' lead to 21-16 just before halftime.

Smith, however, denied the way in which the Jets lost contributed to his hard feelings.

"I let things go pretty easy -- not easily, but I'll get over it,'' he said. "But that one just stuck around with me for a bit. I hate losing, and that's really what happened. I'm pretty upset about it. I just hate to lose.

"We had a couple days off, so I usually get things out of my system pretty fast. But it took me until about this practice to get it out of my system.''

Ryan's happy to hear that.

"If you're worried about that game, you're not going to win this game,'' Ryan said. "We know we have to get better, and that's the beauty of it and that's where our guys' focus is. Yeah, it stings anytime you lose. As a competitor, you can't stand it. I know I can't or anybody else. Does it stay with you? Absolutely. But, you move on from it and hopefully there's something about that loss that you can take from it and actually improve.''

Smith said there were several positive takeaways from the offense's performance in Green Bay -- namely, its ability to start fast on the road and have success with silent counts.

"Last week I learned that we're a pretty tough team,'' Smith said. "But we just didn't come away with enough big plays to win the game. So overall, I learned that we're a fighting team and we're still growing.''

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