Smith, explaining his interception, admitted he should've checked down to another receiver instead of forcing the ball into a tight window to Santonio Holmes. The tape reveals that Smith had three wide-open check-down options --Jeremy Kerley, Jeff Cumberland and Powell. This was another example of poor field vision by the rookie. He also got caught up in the moment. The Panthers had just converted a blocked punt into a touchdown, and Smith wanted to reclaim the momentum by taking a risk on third down. Sometimes the quarterback has to know when to fold and wait for the next hand.Progressions have been a problem for Jets quarterbacks for what feels like an eternity. It isn't Geno Smith's fault that Mark Sanchez was bad at reading through his progressions too, but watching a new quarterback make the same error might be cutting some people's patience short on Geno Smith.
While they do both have problems with second and third reads, the one thing that I would say about Sanchez is that he checked the ball down too much. Sure, the result of the pick-six was unfortunate for the Jets, but maybe at least Smith is demonstrating that he has that killer instinct that Sanchez seemed to lack -- or at least lacked in his final two seasons as the team's starting quarterback.