Jets’ balance on offense concerns Patriots

The multiple options presented by the Jets and Geno Smith is causing concerns for the Patriots. Credit: Getty Images
The multiple options presented by the Jets and Geno Smith are causing concerns for the Patriots.
Credit: Getty Images

Following his NFL debut, Jets fans were delirious with the performance of rookie Geno Smith in Sunday’s 18-17 win over the Buccaneers. The second-round pick’s showing certainly caught the attention of the Jets’ next opponent — this Thursday at New England — as well.

Smith’s numbers were relatively modest, not surprising given it was his first NFL start and he was going against one of the best defenses in the league. But it wasn’t his 24-of-38 passes for 256 yards with a touchdown and an interception or his 47 yards rushing on six attempts that caught the attention of the Patriots coaching staff.

It was how many Jets made catches in Week 1 that stood out. Eight different targets had a catch from Smith, with four of those players registering multi-reception efforts. Smith spread the ball around efficiently, particularly in the second half.

“Geno Smith had a great game yesterday, but the Jets offense in general as far as what they do, it’s a system in place that they’re implementing that can cause a lot of problems and a lot of different challenges for you for the week,” Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said on Monday. “That’s really what we’re taking a look at. Geno Smith played well, but he has a great support cast around him.”

That balance in the passing game is part of the reason why Smith had such a successful showing against Tampa Bay. The newly implemented West Coast offense run by the Jets can help mask some of Smith’s deficiencies.

Utilizing short routes and quick passes, many of the dump-off variety, can simplify things for a young quarterback not accustomed to an NFL pass rush or wrinkles in coverages. The Jets were able to exploit that against Tampa Bay, spreading the ball around and trying to get the ball out of Smith’s hands quickly.

Then there is an added wrinkle as Smith brings his own skillset to the West Coast offense. Six times against the Buccaneers, he took off from a collapsing pocket and rushed for positive yardage. That he could recognize quickly that nothing was open downfield and escape to gain yards is something the Patriots linebackers and secondary will have to be wary of on Thursday night.

“I think just in general if you take a look at what they did here and what they’ve been doing is trying to disperse the ball around and have a very well-balanced offense in both the run and the pass game. [They] put the quarterback in good situations to make good throws, good decisions and also give them the ability to make some big plays,” Patricia said.

“With Geno Smith having the ability to move around, he can create some plays on his own that adds an extra element to their system. I think they do a great job of trying to keep the offense balanced and trying to keep you on your toes defensively from the standpoint of the different personnel groups that they can use — formations, motions, shifts, different types of plays that they mix in and out based on down and distance. I think balance is a critical thing that they try to strive for, and I think they’ve done a good job of that.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

NBA

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics:…

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics: 'I hope to be back'

NBA

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery…

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery odds with loss

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.