Should The Ravens Be Worried About Geno Smith?Posted on November 22, 2013 by Gordon McGuinness
For the second time this season, the Ravens will take on an AFC East team lead by a rookie quarterback, this time Geno Smith and the New York Jets. Last time they were bested by the E.J. Manuel lead Buffalo Bills, with the rookie signal caller making a couple of big time throws to beat the Ravens secondary. That was then, however, and this is now. The Ravens defense has had more time to gel, they're playing better together, and Geno Smith is playing as poorly as any quarterback in football right now.
Sunday was his worst game of the year so far, throwing three interceptions and, since his last impressive performance against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, he has thrown just one touchdown and eight interceptions. The narrative from Jets fans recently has been that he has rotated between one good game and one bad game, that's simply not true however, with his play deteriorating more and more as the season wears on.
Getting pressure on him will be key, with Smith completing just 40.2% of his passes and having a TD-INT ration of 1-6 on throws under pressure (http://www.profootballfocus.
What will be interesting is to see how short a leash he'll be on this week. He was benched during last week's loss to the Bills in favor of Matt Simms and, if he plays like he did on Sunday, it might not take Rex Ryan long to pull the plug and throw Simms into the fray again. That won't overly concern the Ravens, with Simms attempted just 11 passes so far this season, and completing just three of the six passes he has attempted of 10 yards or more.
Make no mistake about it, this is a game the Ravens should win. But it feels like we've said that an awful lot this season, including once before about an AFC East team lead by a rookie quarterback...