A look at what's going on around and inside the New York Jets:
1. The zebras' favorite team: The Jets are accumulating more flags than the United Nations. At their current pace, this will go down as the most penalized team in Jets history (based on yardage) -- and that is saying something, because this franchise has produced many sloppy outfits over the decades. They have committed 42 penalties for 391 yards, which projects to 134 and 1,251 over a full season. The team records are 135 penalties (1987) and 1,078 yards (1995).
The latter occurred in Rich Kotite's first season, and you never want to be mentioned in the same sentence as Kotite. In 1987, there were only 15 games because of the players' strike, but they included three replacement games in which has-beens and couch potatoes suited up.
Ultimately, Rex Ryan will be judged by his won-lost record, but this penalty plague isn't a good look. Granted, penalties are up across the league, but the damning part is the number of pre-snap flags -- 19. The Jets have committed a league-high 11 false starts, which is mind-boggling because they have played only two road games (i.e. crowd noise). Said Ryan: "I have to put it on coaching." The penalty push-ups were a cute idea a few years ago, but that got tired in a hurry. This is one of many areas Ryan has to clean up.
2. A fine mess: From all indications, Geno Smith will be fined for missing a team meeting last weekend in San Diego, if he hasn't already. The maximum amount is $10,930, according to the collective bargaining agreement. If it's his first offense, as the team claims, he might not receive the maximum fine. Typically, teams have a sliding scale. It has been a costly couple of weeks for Smith, who was slapped with a $12,000 fine by the NFL for cursing a fan.
3. Geno & Co.: Smith was accompanied on his now-infamous trip to the movies by wide receiver/punt returner Walter Powell, a source confirmed. We know Smith's playing time wasn't affected, but what about Powell? There were no changes last week, but it could be this week -- with an expanded role. Don't be surprised if Powell replaces the ineffective Saalim Hakim as the kickoff returner. Chris Owusu also is a candidate.
4. The polarizing QB: The so-called experts were all over the map on how the Jets handled the Smith discipline. For instance: Hall-of-Fame coach Bill Parcells said the missed meeting was no big deal, while former coach-turned-ESPN analyst Herm Edwards said he would have benched him last week. I'll side with a former general manager, who, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: "Quarterbacks are supposed to carry the flag, not create one."
5. Double-A on the move (again): For the most part, Ryan and his staff do a good job of using players properly, but this Antonio Allen situation is a head-scratcher. They have stunted his development by moving him back and forth between safety and cornerback. They went into training camp hyping him as a safety with big-time potential, but they moved him to cornerback when the injuries hit. Despite never having played the position, he did a relatively decent job, earning praise, but he went back to safety last week. And let's not forget last season. He became an afterhought when Ed Reed arrived.
"It's difficult," Allen admitted of the position changes. "But at the same time, I'm a professional and I have to get my job done."
It would be easier if he knew what exactly that job is.
6. Remembering Tim Tebow: Since the Broncos are in town, this is a good time to reflect on the Tebow trade from 2012. We know how it ended for the Jets -- not well -- but what about the Broncos? They received fourth- and sixth-round picks from the Jets, and the sixth-rounder, linebacker Danny Trevathan, is their starting weakside linebacker. Fourth-round center Phillip Blake is out of the league, as is Tebow. You would have to say the Broncos made out nicely. By the way, the Jets are 18-25 since losing to Tebow on that last-drive collapse in 2011.
7. The Manning 500: Peyton Manning threw his 500th touchdown in last week's win against the Arizona Cardinals, reaching that milestone in 244 games. At his current pace, Geno Smith would have to play 41 seasons to reach 500, meaning he would be 63 years old. By then, he will be showing up early to meetings instead of missing them. #Earlybirdspecial.
8. Peyton's place in history: Manning needs five touchdown passes to tie Brett Favre's all-time mark (508). Could it happen against the Jets? Don't rule it out. Manning has thrown five or more touchdowns 12 times in his career. The last time the Jets allowed five in a home game was 1988, when it was Dan Marino. Andy Dalton posted a five-spot against them last season in Cincinnati. Ryan was taken aback Friday when a reporter asked about the possibility of Manning making history against the Jets.
9. Where's Quinton? Everybody expected former first-round pick Quinton Coples to make a big jump in 2014, his second full year as the rush linebacker, but everybody still is waiting. He has been virtually invisible -- two solo tackles and one sack, according to unofficial stats. He is third on the team in quarterback hits (eight), but quarterback hits aren't a measuring stick for great lineman. The Jets have to make a decision on Coples in the offseason on whether to exercise his fifth-year option for 2016, which will be at least $7 million. It was a no-brainer with Muhammad Wilkerson, not with Coples.
10. Shut up, Braylon: I actually agree with some of Braylon Edwards' comments about the Jets, made Thursday on SportsNet New York, but it's hard to take him seriously. He was always regarded by teammates as a "me" guy, a non-leader who wasted his talent by partying too much. I never understood the fans' fascination with him. The Jets stuck with him after his DUI arrest in 2010, and this is how he repays them? Like Ryan said, the man must be looking for a job.