Defensive Lineman Backs The Decision To Keep Smith As Starting Quarterback

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Jets’ offense has been putrid and embarrassing. It’s on the verge of dooming this team’s playoff chances.

Muhammad Wilkerson said his defense, as good as it has been this season, could be doing more to help out beleaguered quarterback Geno Smith.

Maybe Wilkerson was just playing the good teammate part during his weekly spot with WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Tuesday, because it’s hard to believe anyone could objectively look at what the Jets have become with the ball and not see a situation in total disarray.

“They are going to have their days when things may not swing their way. It’s our job to get them the ball back and, hopefully, something will start cracking and fall our way,” Wilkerson said of the Jets’ pitiful showing on offense in the 19-3 loss in Baltimore last week.

The Jets have managed 17 points and 467 yards of total offense in the past two games, both losses. They have been held to less than 10 points three times this season and Smith has completed 25 passes for 345 yards with no touchdowns and five interceptions over the last three games. It appeared that head coach Rex Ryan tried to hide his rookie signal caller against the Ravens, dumbing down the playbook considerably.

So, should Smith still be the starting quarterback? Wilkerson said it’s not his decision to make.

“I have confidence in this organization and this staff that they are going to put out the best players, all 11 guys out there on the field, offense, defense and special teams,” Wilkerson said.

For the record, Smith will start Sunday when the Jets host the Miami Dolphins.

The loss last week put the Jets (5-6) in a precarious situation. Though they are in a log jam with Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Miami and San Diego for the final AFC playoff spot,  they have lost to the Titans, Steelers and Ravens. They still play the Dolphins twice and the Chargers between now and the end of the regular season.

“Yes, it’s a must-win,” Wilkerson said of Sunday’s matchup with Miami. “We have five left and we have to do the best we can to win all five, but the first one is Miami and we know it will be a tough battle.”

The Dolphins are also coming off a bad loss, albeit to an NFC power in Carolina, but there’s no question they will be up for this game considering the rivalry, the fact that they have won six of the last nine meetings, and because they have yet to be swept in a season by the Jets during the Ryan era.

“We have to find a better way to be more focused and in-tune and we gotta execute better. If we do those things there will definitely be a change,” Wilkerson said, adding “We all have confidence in each other and we know that we haven’t played the Jets style of football in all three phases all season. We still have to get better on offense, defense and special teams and execute our jobs to get wins.”

The Jets lead the all-time series with the Dolphins 49-45-1, including 27-20 at home.

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