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Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets are hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive loss on Thursday night when they take on the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are looking for their sixth consecutive regular season home victory over the Jets.

There has been much criticism over head coach Rex Ryan going with second year starter Geno Smith instead of veteran Michael Vick, but Ryan has faith he'll turn it around.

"I think Geno is the best way to go right now," Ryan said. "That's why I'm comfortable saying he will be our starter."

Ryan said this week that the team doesn't need any extra motivation and believes in his team.

"It's going to be there. Both teams don't like each other," Ryan said.  "There's respect for each other, but I don't think you really like each other. We know we have to be at our very best."

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Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Expectations have not been met this far for the New York Jets and their fans. After a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, hopes were high entering 2014.

This season the team is 1-5, currently on a five game losing streak. As the team prepares to face their division rival New England Patriots, Geno Smith spoke with the New England media via conference call. 

When asked about his roller coaster play, Smith did not shoulder all of the blame but pointed the finger at the media.

"For me, it hasn’t been," Smith said, according to a transcript of the call. "I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood.

"I don’t have any quarrels with anything. The main thing is that we just have to find a way to get a win. The hardest part about it all is losing. With the effort, the time that we put in, the preparation that we put in throughout the week, coming up with game plans -- we always have a really good game plan going in -- and then obviously we haven’t executed as well as we’d like. Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media." 

Smith can point fingers, but the stats do not lie: In six games this season, Smith has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed 57% of his passes.

 

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Bears Thwart Jets Late Rally, Win 27-19

Bears Thwart Jets Late Rally, Win 27-19

Nick Laham/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Down by eight with 3:18 left in the game, quarterback Geno Smith led the New York Jets 71 yards before his fourth down pass to Jeremy Kerley was caught out of bounds, sealing the Chicago Bears a 27-19 win Monday night.

The Bears (2-1) started their scoring early when safety Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards on the second offensive play of the game.

Jay Cutler completed 23 of 38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns -- both to tight end Martellus Bennett -- in the win.

"Right now I feel I'm very intelligent on the field," Bennett said. "The game is getting a lot easier. I know the offense better. I know what Jay wants."

The Jets (1-2) had problems on offense, turning the ball over three times and losing receiver Eric Decker to a hamstring injury in the first half.

Alshon Jeffrey had eight receptions for 105 yards in the win.

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Jets Name Geno Smith the Starting Quarterback

Jets Name Geno Smith the Starting Quarterback

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Despite the signing of Michael Vick in the offseason, the New York Jets have named Geno Smith the team's starting quarterback.

"I think he's taken off from where he left off [last season]," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "I expect great things in the future."

Smith was the team's starting quarterback last year, and played well at times as he navigated through his rookie season. Even though Vick has been a Pro Bowl quarterback, he will start the season on the sidelines.

"I think it's great for Geno," Vick said. "I knew the entire time that Geno was going to be the starter, but Geno went out and proved that he's capable of running this team and putting this team in a position to win."

In five quarters of play in the preseason, Smith threw only one interception. He also completed 70 percent of his passes with one touchdown.

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Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) -- New York Jets veteran quarterback Michael Vick believes second-year quarterback Geno Smith will be "10 times" better than he was last year.

The Jets signed Vick to be the backup to the young Smith in the offseason and he's taken it in stride.

"He's going to be great," Vick said Tuesday after practice. "He's going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I'm looking forward to it."

"You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon," Vick continued.

Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I want to see some production," head coach Rex Ryan said of Smith. "I think we'll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let's have the production, too.".

Ryan, who is relying on the success of the team for another contract, believes that having Vick as a backup is a good thing for Smith.

"When you have a Mike Vick come in here, you'd better be at the top of your game," Ryan said.

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Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) -- The one thing the New York Jets are not short on during training camp is confidence. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner both think they're on the verge of stardom.

In a recent survery compiled by ESPN, Smith was ranked the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, something he plans on changing.

"The thing about it is, you have to climb up," Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday after practice. "If I'm No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5."

In his rookie year, Smith threw 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.

Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Dee Milliner made an even bolder claim.

"The best corner in the league? Me," Milliner told the New York Daily News in an interview Saturday. "I ain't gonna say that somebody else is better than me."

Milliner's rookie season was categorized by many as inconsistent at best. He made 56 tackles in 2013 to go along with three interceptions.

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Jets Draft QB Tajh Boyd

Jets Draft QB Tajh BoydKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets selected former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd with the 213th overall pick on Saturday. Jets head coach Rex Ryan's son, Seth, is a freshman wide receiver on Clemson and gave the Jets and...

Jets’ WR Eric Decker Looking Forward to 2014 Season

Jets’ WR Eric Decker Looking Forward to 2014 SeasonJoe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is enjoying the big city. The Jets signed Decker this offseason and are hoping his experience playing with quarterback Peyton Manning rubs off on a lot of the younger players...

Jets Sign Rex Ryan to Contract Extension

Jets Sign Rex Ryan to Contract ExtensionNick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  After an 8-8 season, the New York Jets have agreed an agreement with head coach Rex Ryan on a multiyear contract extension, the club announced Thursday.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. There was on...

Jets Still Have Faith in Geno Smith

Jets Still Have Faith in Geno SmithScott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets will look to snap a three-game losing skid on Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Jets quarterback Geno Smith will get the call again, despite his rookie struggles this s...

Dolphins Romp Jets 23-3

Dolphins Romp Jets 23-3Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) --  It has been a rough month for the Miami Dolphins, but with four games remaining this season they remain in the playoff hunt. Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins ...

Mark Sanchez Hopes to Remain with Jets Past this Season

Mark Sanchez Hopes to Remain with Jets Past this SeasonRonald C. Modra/Sports Images/Getty Images(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) -- Geno Smith may be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets now, but the former starter, Mark Sanchez, hopes to remain with the team for the foreseeable future. "There's no doubt abou...

Jets Sticking with Geno Smith at Quarterback

Jets Sticking with Geno Smith at QuarterbackNick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the New York Jets struggles continue, specifically at quarterback, the team has no plans to bench Smith. "Right now, I would feel he gives us the best chance to win," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "At times, the...

Ravens Shut Down Jets, 19-3

Ravens Shut Down Jets, 19-3Leon Halip/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens defense picked off Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith twice and allowed just 220 yards of offense in the 19-3 win over New York on Sunday. The only three points by the Jets (5-6) came in the fi...

Bills Clobber Jets 37-14

Bills Clobber Jets 37-14NFL Shield (NFL)(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills forced four turnovers highlighted by Jairius Byrd's two interceptions, as the Bills clobbered the New York Jets 37-14 Sunday. Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith never got comfortable as he was s...

Geno Smith Ready for Bengals Defense

Geno Smith Ready for Bengals DefenseDavid Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith will get all that he can handle on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) defense. Smith and the Jets (4-3) are coming off an overtime win over the New Engl...

Jets Take Down Patriots 30-27 In Overtime

Jets Take Down Patriots 30-27 In OvertimeDavie Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) --  Nick Folked kick a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 remaining in overtime, and the New York Jets edged the New England Patriots 30-27 on Sunday afternoon. Folk had initially missed a ...

Steelers Pick Up First Win of the Season by Defeating the Jets, 19-6

Steelers Pick Up First Win of the Season by Defeating the Jets, 19-6George Gojkovich/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers finally picked up their first win of the season after defeating the New York Jets 19-6 on Sunday. Not only was it the Steelers' first win of the seaoson, it was teh 600th w...

Jets Upset the Falcons, 30-28 on “Monday Night Football”

Jets Upset the Falcons, 30-28 on “Monday Night Football”Nick Lahem/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Don't look now, but the New York Jets are now 3-2 after traveling to Atlanta and upsetting the Falcons on Monday Night Football. Jets' rookie Geno Smith showed why the team might have a francihse quarterback going fo...

Jets Place Mark Sanchez on IR with Chance to Return

Jets Place Mark Sanchez on IR with Chance to ReturnAl Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The New York Jets have placed quarterback Mark Sanchez short-term injured reserve, which means he is eligible to return after eight weeks. Sanchez has a labral tear in his throwing shoulder, but said during a co...
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