Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Geno capable of handling D pressure?
By Tom Carpenter
On Monday night, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith played a nearly perfect game, posting a 147.7 quarterback rating and earning a big win over the Atlanta Falcons on the road. Was this a breakout game or just a fluky good performance? He's a rookie, so odds are there will be ups and downs the rest of the season, but one stat that stood out for Smith was his success against pressure.
Entering the game, he had the eighth-worst QBR (16.2) amongst qualified quarterbacks and had completed just 52 percent of his passes in situations where he was facing five or more pass-rushers. On Monday, according to ESPN Stats & Information, Smith completed six of seven passes (86 percent) in such situations for a 98.8 QBR rating.
Can he maintain that pace against defensive pressure? The good news is that the Jets' schedule leading up to their Week 10 bye is pretty friendly when considering the relative lack of success those defenses have had when sending five or more pass-rushers so far this season: Pittsburgh Steelers (17th, 86.7 passer rating allowed), New England Patriots (11th, 79.7 PRA), Cincinnati Bengals (21st 95.5 PRA), New Orleans Saints (22nd, 95.8 PRA).
Of course, Smith was horrible in his first meeting with the Patriots (15 of 35 for 214 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTS, 15.0 QBR), though that game was on the road. By the time we get to the Jets' bye week, we should have a pretty good handle on whether Smith is going to be comfortable for the stretch run, but it appears he should have a good chance to make a mark in the interim.