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Geno Smith partly blames media for perception of nightmarish season

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To observe that New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has struggled mightily this season would be a woeful understatement.

Smith’s poor play has been one of the most glaring reasons why the Jets have more than stumbled out of the gate this season to a 1-5 start.

With the Jets headed into a must-win game against the New England Patriots on Thursday night, Smith opted to lay the blame for his struggles — or at least the perception that he’s struggling — at the feet of the media, saying his words are “miscommunicated,” “misprinted” and “misunderstood.”

Smith made the comments during a conference call with Boston media on Monday.

When reportedly asked how his season thus far has been somewhat “topsy-turvy,” Smith deflected blame away from himself, instead redirecting towards the media (via NJ.com):

“For me, it hasn’t been,” Smith said. “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.”

The New York Daily News‘ Manesh Mehta had a field day reacting to Smith’s observations, putting the quarterback on blast on Twitter.

Smith has not only struggled on the field of play, he’s also made some serious gaffes off of it … or in one instance, just off it.

Smith was fined $12,000 by the NFL for hurling expletives at disgruntled Jets fans following a loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 28. The next week he missed a team meeting the Saturday ahead of the team’s game against the San Diego Chargers, allegedly due to getting mixed up on time zones. Smith was benched in a lopsided 31-0 loss to San Diego.

For the season, Smith has completed 57.1% of his passes, thrown for 1,139 yards with seven interceptions to go along with six touchdown passes. He’s also has five fumbles when rushing the ball, losing two.

And now, after another relatively sub-par performance in a 31-17 loss to the Denver Broncos where Smith went 23-43 for 190 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and ahead of a critical showdown with the always-formidable Patriots, he has elected to not accept responsibility for his role in the team’s nightmarish start. Not a good look.

And definitely not the way a supposed team leader should conduct himself when faced with adversity. Then again, it’s not like head coach Rex Ryan is a beacon of steady leadership through which players can model their behavior, but that’s another issue altogether.

Granted, being forced to deal with the media — particularly in New York — on a daily basis arguably can be considered a Sisyphean exercise in soul-crushing frustration, but it’s definitely poor form and will not serve him well in the future, with both the media and how the fans — and his teammates — perceive him.

(image credit: Howard Simmons/New York Daily News)