Eli Manning on Geno Smith boos: Every QB goes through it

Monday September 29th, 2014

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning offered some advice for New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith after Smith cursed at a fan following his team's home loss to the Lions on Sunday. 

The Jets have lost three straight since winning their opener, and Smith is tied with Manning and three other quarterbacks for most interceptions thrown this season, with five.

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From the New York Daily News:

"Hey, every quarterback goes through it," Manning said. "You're going to have some good games, you're going to have some bad games. You'll have tough stretches. Just get through it, work through it, and with hard work and if you're doing the right things it'll ease up.”

Manning was asked whether he's ever responded directly to unhappy fans, to which he replied "I try not to."

"You can always think things. But for the most part if they're yelling at you, you probably deserve it," he said. 

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Smith completed 51.5 percent of his passes against Detroit for 209 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception. He also fumbled twice, including one that the Lions recovered. He was booed by Jets fans, who at times also chanted for Smith's backup, Michael Vick.

After the game, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Smith will remain the team's starter.

"I'm confident in Geno," said Ryan. "I'm not gonna replace him. I feel good about Geno, and again, I think he's gonna get it turned. He's a tough, resilient young man, and I think we're gonna win."

The Jets travel to San Diego to play the Chargers on Sunday.

- Molly Geary

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