New York Jets QB Geno Smith, 11.25

On what film session was like…

This morning we watched film, the quarterbacks, and basically just went over some corrections, some things that we need to improve on and just put it behind us and try to just get onto the next game.

On how he would rate his performance in Sunday’s game…

I didn’t do enough, didn’t get the job done. We didn’t score a touchdown, so that’s never good. Just didn’t do enough. We’ve got to figure out ways to just get better and to put points on the board. It’s pretty simple. We need to score touchdowns and put points on the board.

On how he maintains his confidence…

Just sticking to what I know which is to always be myself, always believe in myself, my teammates and coaches. We’re surrounded by a bunch of great coaches here who (continue) to keep our confidence high, even in tough times because we’re a team and we stick together. That’s one of the main reasons why and naturally I’m just able to get over things and kind of put things in perspective and move on and continue to play because we have five games left and every single one of them means a lot to this team and we need them all. So we’ve got to come out and take it day-by-day, one game at a time.

On if he is starting Sunday…

Yes, I fully intend to go about my week as I always do and have confidence in myself to be the starter and the leader of this offense and I will continue to study and work diligently as I’ve always done.

On if he spoke to Coach Ryan or Coach Mornhinweg about starting Sunday…

No, I don’t want to get into that but I can tell you we haven’t had that conversation. But, I don’t look at in any way whether I am or am not (starting). I go about it the same way, the same mentality, which is to work hard and to prepare myself to play. And I’m pretty sure Matt (Simms) does the same thing and David (Garrard) is a vet, but he does the exact same thing because we all have to be ready to play.

On if is saying he will start Sunday because that is how he is preparing…

Yes.

On how frustrating it is to not throw touchdowns…

It’s pretty frustrating, but you can’t let it affect you. I obviously want to throw more touchdowns, want to be more productive, want to help this team out in any way I can, but the opportunities, when they’re there, I’ve got to be able to take them. We’ve had some opportunities that (we) didn’t cash in on, but it’s behind us. It’s in the past. You can’t get throws back. You’ve just got to learn from it and move on.

On if rookie growing pains are more significant than expected…

I don’t like to call them growing pains. I don’t make any excuses for anything. I fully expect myself, rookie or not, to go out there and perform. They’re just mistakes that I’ve got to correct.

On if he is worried that the season is slipping away…

We’ve got to take it one day at a time. We can’t be distracted by anything else outside of this building. We have a game to focus on this week. It’s going to be extremely important to us, a division rival and another big game for us. But we’ve just got to take it one day at a time, one game at a time.

On if he is able to shut out people who say he should be benched…

Yeah, I completely shut it out. One, you have to. And two, I always will because I know what it takes to win and what it takes to be a good quarterback and it doesn’t have anything to do with anything outside of this building. It takes preparation and hard work so that’s something I’ll continue to do.

On if this is the toughest stretch he has had since he started playing football…

Statistically you could say so. But even with not performing the way that I expect to, fully expect to, I’ve gotten better, I’ve grown, I’ve learned from every single mistake and I’ve had opportunities to grow up and in many cases I have. So, it’s always going to be tough, (it’s) never going to be easy, but my main thing is that I (will) always be the same guy and remain the same.

On if the Atlanta game feels like a long time ago…

It is a long time ago. I don’t even think about it, not once.

On what it says about the offense that he was the second-leading receiver at halftime…

We’ve just got to get better. We’ve got to, like I said, take advantage of the chances that we have to pass the ball. We had plenty of opportunities in that game. Many times we didn’t get it done. Sometimes we did, but when it’s there, the great ones make the play and we’ve got to make those plays.

On if he is itching to be allowed to throw more…

You know what, I fully trust Marty (Mornhinweg), I fully trust Rex (Ryan) and I love the game plans they come up with. I think it’s structured based on what our strengths are as an offense and as a team. It’s something that we’ve just got to do a better job of executing. I think it comes down to execution more so the plays that are being called.

On being more efficient on third down…

We started off pretty good on third downs. I think we hit a rough patch as of late. The key is we’ve got to emphasize it a little bit more in practice (and) get guys to understand that hey, third downs, give a little bit extra, do a little bit extra, because it’s very important to keep those chains moving.

On if he feels that the offense starts pressing if they don’t get going early…

I don’t think so. I think we’ve gotten better with that and I will say, myself in general, I speak for myself on that because I have pressed in the past. But, I’ve just been able to understand that you can’t get it all in one play. It takes 11 guys on offense to get the play done, so I try and do more by doing less if that makes sense.

On the offense not putting themselves in manageable third down situations…

It starts with first and second down, just being better on first and second down and if we do have third downs, making sure it’s manageable and then converting them. You’re absolutely right, we had some tough ones, but even then, we expect to get those because it’s important. We have to move the chains.

On the NFL being a tough league to be successful in…

You know, I’ve said that since day one. The NFL is a tough league to play in, let alone get to, let alone play in, so it’s always going to be tough. But, when I hit those rough patches and when we don’t do so well, I don’t make any excuses for it. I look (at) myself in the mirror and try to find ways to get better. That’s just the way I look at it.

On his underthrown passes yesterday…

The one to David (Nelson), I should’ve put the ball out there further, gave him a better chance to get that one. And then the second one, the guy was open and if I drive the ball on him, I think he scores on that one, but I kind of left it hanging and (the) defensive (back) made a great play.