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 the NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport calling it an "honest mistake" perhaps due to the 3-hour time change. The spokesman said Smith arrived 5-10 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. Rapaport added, per a team source, that players were surprised and frustrated he missed the meeting and didn't understand why he wasn't disciplined.
It hasn't been a good stretch for Smith. Perhaps helping his cause was Michael Vick was just as bad in the second half against the Chargers that the team is turning back to Smith in Week 6 against the Broncos.