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Geno Smith missed team meetings prior to Jets' loss

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Geno Smith is having a fortnight to forget.

A week after cursing out a fan after a home loss, Smith got benched at halftime as the Jets were blanked by the Chargers in embarrassing fashion.

After the disastrous performance, we found out that playing time wasn't all the quarterback missed this weekend in San Diego.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Sunday night that Smith missed team meetings on Saturday before the game. 

A team spokesman confirmed Smith's absenteeism to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, calling it an "honest mistake," perhaps due to the three-hour time change. The spokesman said Smith arrived five to 10 minutes after the meetings ended and caught up on info later with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. It was the first time Smith has missed a meeting, per the team. Rapoport added, per a team source, that players were surprised and frustrated he missed the meeting and didn't understand why he wasn't disciplined.

"I just counted down instead of counting up and just got the times mixed up, so I guess you could say I was thinking I was on East Coast time when we were actually on West Coast time," Smith said on a Monday conference call, adding that he was at the movies during the meetings. "That was just my mishap. It really had nothing to do with the time zones. I'm aware of that. For that moment, I got that mixed up."

Compounding that with a pathetic performance isn't going to win any points.

"It was definitely a pathetic showing on my part," Smith said after going 4 of 12 for 27 yards with an interception and 7.6 passer rating. "I didn't help out at any point of the game. ... So what I'm going to do is look myself in the mirror."

Rex Ryan already said Smith will start next week against the Denver Broncos.

Jets fans continue to be slung around on the GenoCoaster. Not only is it a wretched ride, but apparently it doesn't keep a West Coast schedule very well. Perhaps Eli Manning can sell Geno a watch to help him make the next meeting.

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