Smith has struggled during the team's 1-5 start to the season, including five straight losses. He has completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,139 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was also fined $12,000 for cursing at a fan earlier this season.
The 24-year-old quarterback, a second-round pick by the Jets in 2013, said the media has "miscommunicated" during its coverage of the Jets.
“I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood,” Smith said on a conference call with the Boston media Monday.
He added that the hardest part of the season has been losing, and went on to discuss the effort the team puts in on preparation and game-planning.
“Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media,” he added.
New York is 30th in the league in yards per game and last in passing yards. The running game, led by Chris Ivory's 325 yards, ranks 12th in the NFL. The defense has not been much better than the offense and ranks 27th in total defense.
The Jets' five-game losing streak is their longest under Ryan. They play the New England Patriots on Thursday night in Foxboro.
- Paul Palladino