Smith's third consecutive ugly game produced more of the same: Not enough big plays, but a costly interception and another fumble, giving the streaky second-year passer seven turnovers in just four games. Coach Rex Ryan declared Smith his starter for Week 5 even after the on-edge quarterback yelled an expletive at a fan as he walked off the field -- something Smith later apologized for.
"It's frustrating," Richardson said. "You cheer for him when he throws a touchdown, but you were talking about how you wanted (backup Michael) Vick the whole game. It happens. But he's got to keep his composure, no matter how frustrating it gets."
Smith remains a work in progress, but the Jets are wise to keep him installed as the starter. After rigidly calling him their quarterback of the future all spring and summer, little is to be gained by jumping ship on Geno less than a month into the season.