As Gang Green took the field for the first time in the fourth quarter, Smith sat on the bench watching his offense drive down the field with Matt Simms as the quarterback. It was another four turnover day for the rookie, which ultimately caused Rex Ryan to pull him from the game.
On the first drive of the fourth quarter for the Jets, Simms came off the bench in-place of Smith and led the team to the end zone with 13-yard strike to tight end Jeff Cumberland. This was not the first time that No. 5 came in to replace the struggling Geno Smith, having seen the field for the second time this season.
Simms stepped in and went to work, tallying 60 yards and a touchdown, while going 4-6 on the day. He said that he felt "even more comfortable" in the pocket this past week, as he was under constant pressure against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Week 8 loss. Even though Gang Green was down by a large margin, the Buffalo defense was coming at him, not holding anything back.
"(Mike) Pettine on the other side wasn't just going to stop calling the defense," said Simms. "After the first touchdown you could tell that the next drive he was going to come out there and kind of come after us and luckily we were able to break a big run by Chris (Ivory)."
That long run set up the Jets in good field position to cut the lead even more, but as they failed to convert on 4th down, the hopes of a comeback was put to an end.
The second year quarterback knows that his success coming off the bench does not mean that he will likely start at any point this season.
"Obviously, everyone's a fan of the backup quarterback when something goes wrong. I'm very well aware of that," said Simms, referring to the Jets last year as they chose to replace Mark Sanchez with former backup quarterback Greg McElroy.
Simms also reminded the press that he is "the second quarterback," for this New York team and that his job is going to be "to get the defense ready and be prepared myself for any situation and just do his job."
Granted, Smith has struggled mightily so far this season and that the team goes as far as he does. Simms still backed up his rookie teammate.
"I think Geno's done a great job of coming back and playing great after games that he's struggled in. He's done that numerous times this year and we all expect him to bounce back and play great again against Baltimore down there."
If the rollercoaster year continues for Smith, look to see Simms' number get called again. He has done exceptionally well coming off the bench and has been one of the only consistencies for this struggling offense.