Transcript: QB Geno Smith, 10/21/13

On yesterday’s win…

Yesterday was a great day for us. We were able to celebrate a little bit but today I got into the office about eight this morning. I saw 10 to 20 guys in there, everyone was still preparing for another tough week. We had a good time but we’re able to move on from this victory fast and start preparing for another week.

On the importance of building a winning streak…

It’s extremely important. I think now is the time for us to start developing that consistency that we’ve been talking about and just continuing to stay the course. The more we continue to practice, and get after it on the practice field, the better we’ll be. I think we all should challenge ourselves to start putting together more wins and so I think that starts this week.

On if he has been staring down his receivers on his interceptions…

No, I don’t think so. My coaches haven’t said anything about that. I don’t understand what specific instances you’re talking about. That’s something you have to look at the receiver to see if he is open. I don’t think I have that problem.

On his ability to move on from a mistake…

I mean for one, it wasn’t the end of the game and it’s not the end the world. Those things happen. I think the best (test) of the type of player you are is the way you move on from those mistakes and the way you respond. I’m always the type of guy that, I don’t want to make any mistakes but if I ever do I try to come back, respond and be better. That’s just the mentality I take every time.

On his ability to run being a weapon…

Well, it’s always been a weapon and a part of my game. We tend to take what the defense gives us. That’s the way we run our offense here, whether I’m in the pocket or I need to run the ball, I’m going to do that.  The only thing that matters is moving the chains and getting first downs and putting your best foot forward.

On what play he would have liked to run on third down before Nick Folk’s first field goal…

The play that was ran. I believe (in) our coaching staff. I know Marty (Mornhinweg) is a tremendous offensive coordinator and he does a great job of preparing all week. They charted out the play for the situation so we ran it and it didn’t happen to work out for us.

On Chris Ivory and the offensive line…

Chris did a phenomenal job of running the ball, especially from the start. That guy’s tough. He’s a hard-nosed running back, he can deliver some punishment. I think that it really it helped us out in the game, because it kept the defense balanced. You could not key in on one particular formation or one particular set, so they had to play everything balanced. It helped us out in the passing game. To have a guy like Chris and to be led by a tremendous offensive line, with guys on the front line, they’ve been putting the team on their back at times and making my job extremely easy.

On why the team hasn’t been able to put together a winning streak…

I don’t know what you can attribute it too. Our week of preparation leading up to all the losses that we’ve had has been great. We felt confident about them. We went in with the mindset that we were going to win. I think it’s just a testament to the type of league we have. We went up against a tough Steelers team, and (even) with the record they had, they’re never one of those teams you can just book a win in for. You have to go out there and you have (to) compete, and that’s for every single game. I just think you have to continue to focus, especially this week. I want to challenge the guys to focus a bit more and a bit extra because we do have to put together some back-to-back wins.

On the relationship he has with his offensive linemen and the hug he gave to Nick Mangold in the locker room after the game…

Those guys are my best friends. I can’t do anything without those guys protecting me. The running backs can’t really do much without those guys openning holes, so we give all the credit to them. Nick (Mangold), D’Brickashaw (Ferguson), Brian (Winters), Austin (Howard), Willie (Colon), all of those guys, even with Vlad (Ducasse) when he was in there, all of those guys do a tremendous job. They compete so hard, they work so hard during the game, that they deserved that win. I think that hug just kind of summed it up by the way we huddle around this team, is that we’re all brothers and we’re fighters and we all love one another.

On the offense’s ability to convert on third down…

I think everyone focused in a bit more on third down. We always talk about playing situational football and one of those key situations is third down and that’s something that we always want to have a high percentage in converting because  it usually tells you who exactly is moving the ball. If you convert one or two third downs on a drive, I think the percentages of scoring a touchdown increases dramatically, so we try and do our best to move the chains and just keep the game manageable. When we get in those third down situations, make sure that we stretch out to get the first down or do whatever it takes to get that first.

On whether he spoke to Mark Sanchez before or after the game…

I talked to Mark after the game. (He) just congratulated me and we exchanged hugs. It’s just pretty much how we do every single game. We talk before the game and we go over things, usually about the footwork and reads. He always wishes me well. It’s good to have a guy like Mark on my side.

On the team having luck on their side during the season…

I think you have to have some of that on both sides in order to be successful and to win games. Usually it takes more skill than luck, but I do think you need a little bit of luck on your side. I don’t know if we were or were not lucky, but it’s good to be 4-3 right now with an opportunity to put together some wins. That’s all that matters around here. Not the way the games are won, but the fact that they are won.

On whether it’s a good feeling knowing that Nick Folk is a clutch kicker…

Oh yeah, without a doubt. We call him Folk Hero around here for a reason because he’s as clutch as it gets. I think he’s already knocked in three or four game winners. That alone tells you how good he is. As long as we continue to play the situation and know exactly where his hotspots are, know exactly where he likes to get it kicked from, I think in those situations we can find ways to win games. We know, nothing’s 100 percent, but I think it’s almost 100 percent, when the game’s on the line with Nick.