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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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Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will get his first start on Sunday against the Jets on the road.

Carr was named the starter earlier this week over veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and is ready for everything that Jets head coach Rex Ryan has to throw at him.

"He’s got a great blitz package. He’s got, obviously, a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie, he’s probably going to want to show them all. I go in and expect, as much as I can, I expect everything. Then if something doesn’t happen, then I’ll be surprised," Carr said Tuesday.

"That’s how I have to prepare. I have to prepare for everything, even maybe for something he hasn’t shown but could show," he continued. "Obviously I reach out to anybody who can help me. I called my brother because he’s played them seven times. I called him and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk Jets. You were there, you’ve seen them.’ So we talked. I picked his brain, took notes and that was it. Now I went about my business for the rest of the week, picked [Matt] Schaub’s brain, picked the coaches’ brain, so I expect a lot."

The Raiders have a brand new roster full of veterans to go along with Carr. Still, Ryan isn't concerned about it.

"We’re just going to show up and do what we do. Again, we played the Raiders last year, we’ve seen their tape, they’ve seen us and everything else. That part of it is, it’s not like, oh, all of a sudden you’re going to run the wishbone, which by the way, we’re going to run this game. That part of it, ‘oh, we’re holding them back,’ I don’t believe that, everybody, you just play, and that’s really what you do," Ryan said on Wednesday.

The Raiders have lost 12 straight games on the East coast, but Ryan doesn't think geographic location has anything to do with it.

"I think at one point it’s overblown, because I think when you look at last year the teams that had the most success were west coast teams coming to the east coast. Now, obviously with the Raiders having bad numbers, they haven’t had the success of it, but I think it’s football is football, regardless of where you play it,” Ryan said of their poor record.

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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 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 Part Ways with Santonio Holmes

Jets Part Ways with Santonio HolmesJeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The New York Jets released wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, ending his four-year tenure with the team. The former Super Bowl MVP with the Pittsburgh Steelers was traded to the Jets in 2010.  ...

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...

Dolphins Prepare for Jets

Dolphins Prepare for JetsDoug Pensinger/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins (8-7) need to win on Sunday against the Jets (7-8) and get some help if they are going to punch their ticket into the playoffs. Coming off 17-0 loss against Buffalo on Sunday, Miami will hope...

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 ...

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...

Jets’ Rex Ryan Disappointed by Stephen Hill’s Lack of Development

Jets’ Rex Ryan Disappointed by Stephen Hill’s Lack of DevelopmentNick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith continues his roller coaster season, head coach Rex Ryan wishes that second-year wide receiver Stephen Hill could be that reliable playmaker for him on offense. "I've b...

Ed Reed Signs with Jets

Ed Reed Signs with JetsRob Carr/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) --  Ed Reed wasn't out of work for long. After being released by the Houston Texans earlier this week, the safety signed a contract to play for the New York Jets for the remainder of the season. The 35-yea...

Brees Prepares for Jets Defense

Brees Prepares for Jets DefenseChris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Saints are looking to improve to 7-1 on Sunday when they take on the New York Jets (4-4) at MetLife Stadium. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 2,290 yards and 19 touchdowns so far in 2...

Richardson: Brady’s Not Superman

Richardson: Brady’s Not SupermanDavid Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- In the wake of their AFC East showdown on Sunday, New York Jets rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson added some fuel to the fire on Wednesday when he called out Patriots quarterback ...

Mark Sanchez Seeking Second Opinion on Shoulder

Mark Sanchez Seeking Second Opinion on ShoulderAl Bello/Getty Images (FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) --  New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is heading south this week to have his injured shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews. Sanchez hurt his shoulder in a preseason win over the New York Giants.&nbs...

Jets Top Bucs, 18-17 in Geno Smith’s Debut

Jets Top Bucs, 18-17 in Geno Smith’s DebutDavid Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Jets caught a break in Geno Smith's first game as a starter.  Smith and the Jets topped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18-17 on Nick Folk's game winning field goal with seco...

Mark Sanchez Will Start Against Lions

Mark Sanchez Will Start Against LionsRonald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after calling rookie quarterback Geno Smith's practice "brutal", New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is going with Mark Sanchez in Saturday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "QB decisi...
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