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Jets announce Geno Smith to start opener


The Jets did what they had to do this week, and what they probably needed to do all along.

The team announced that rookie quarterback Geno Smith would start this week, which was kind of obvious given the condition of Mark Sanchez’s shoulder — unless Brady Quinn was going to make a late run at the job.

The anticlimactic nature of the announcement doesn’t hide the fact this is a major shift for the team, as it seems going away from their former first-round pick was the intent of an awkward offseason.

But if Smith can play acceptably well against the Buccaneers, and in Week Two against the Patriots, he’ll probably have a long chance to make the job his own, and grow into it, regardless Sanchez’s condition.

Whether that’s a fair chance, given their scarcity of offensive playmakers, remains to be seen.

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  1. revischrist16 says: Sep 4, 2013 9:52 AM

    Good luck Geno

  2. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Sep 4, 2013 9:53 AM

    The over/under for Geno’s first sideline temper tantrum is 12:42 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Go.

  3. norseyapper says: Sep 4, 2013 9:56 AM

    Ok Geno, you’ve been saying for a year now how ready you are for this level, how you’re the class of this QB class.
    Time to put up or to slither back to the end of the bench amidst the screaming that NY media specializes in.

  4. bucrightoff says: Sep 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    Matt Simms is the best QB on that roster. Of course he’s not starting.

  5. jeagan1999 says: Sep 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    Revis and Goldson are licking there chops….red meat!

  6. mickmars says: Sep 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    A plastic surgeon couldn’t remove the smiles from the Tamps Bay’s D-backs right about now….

  7. chrispin53 says: Sep 4, 2013 9:59 AM

    I’ll take the Under. That team is awful. 73% of Geno’s college throws were 7 yards or less, with most of those at or near the line of scrimmage. The kid is mentally, and Football immature. Start Quinn, play to earn Jadeveon Clowney. With a last name
    Like that he belongs on the jets.

  8. jcfinest says: Sep 4, 2013 10:00 AM

    How many interceptions before he proves he is worse than Sanchez?

  9. alexb1234 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Go get em Geno…

  10. cromags says: Sep 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    In related news, the Patriots have just clinched the AFC East by default.

  11. babyphife says: Sep 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    We know what Sanchez’ ceiling is…..lets see what Geno has

  12. hehateme2 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:03 AM

    Will we count his mistakes on one hand or two?

    Can’t wait!

  13. holleywood9 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:04 AM

    Heading to make large bets against the J E T S!

  14. briandorry55 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:04 AM

    Who is he going to throw to besides Darrelle Revis?

  15. southpaw2k says: Sep 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says:
    Sep 4, 2013 9:53 AM
    The over/under for Geno’s first sideline temper tantrum is 12:42 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Go.


    Taking the under.

    And I’ll see this bet and raise you this one:

    The Jets’ bye is Week 10 on November 10. Odds that Rex Ryan remains the head coach prior to their bye week – 7:2.

  16. dontasemebro says: Sep 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    cuz he showed so much promise in the pre-season??

  17. scoops1 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:08 AM

    JaMarcus Russell is on line 2 for Rex

  18. jonkybon says: Sep 4, 2013 10:09 AM

    The Jets would have been so much better served drafting an offensive skill player (non QB) with the second round pick. A) Next years six rated QB is better than Smith and Manuel. B) The Jets never gave Sanchez any weapons either.

    I look for the Jets first pick next year to be Sammy Watkins, not the Clown.

  19. dogman9 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:10 AM

    I’d like to thank Mr. Idzik for ending the pain and suffering us Jet fans have endured the past 2 years by De-Sanchizing the Jets!

    Nothing to lose here, Jets find out if Geno has what it takes, if not then eventually Matt Simms will step in this season see what he’s got. Perhaps one of them will succeed.

    And if the QB experiment fails, a new head coach and a high draft pick in 2014 are in order.

  20. karl422 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:12 AM

    He has to be better than that horrible preseason game he had. Doesn’t he? I hope so.

  21. sillec28 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:13 AM

    Unless the Bucs show up for the regular season, which they didn’t for the preseason, there couldn’t be a better team for a rookie QB to start against than them. They showed no ability to pressure a QB and little ability to cover receivers. Obviously Revis should make a difference in coverage but he can’t do it by himself.

  22. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Sep 4, 2013 10:16 AM

    I wonder if Jadeveon is getting nervous yet…

  23. Patriot42 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:22 AM

    Rex is trying to save his job and since the fans don’t wants Sanchez he is throwing this nitwit in the fire.

  24. eatitfanboy says: Sep 4, 2013 10:25 AM

    If I had just read the first paragraph and not the headline I would’ve thought that the Jets had named Matt Simms the starter.

    He is the only Jets quarterback that showed anything in the preseason, albeit it mostly against scrubs.

  25. newjerseygiants says: Sep 4, 2013 10:27 AM

    Soon to be heard at Met Life Stadium: “Oh No…Geno”!

  26. reppster says: Sep 4, 2013 10:28 AM

    Geno has lead by Jets in Madden to a 3-0 start, 7 TD, 0 picks, let’s hope to see this kid do similar in the real thing!

  27. chazzmon says: Sep 4, 2013 10:28 AM

    Simms was the right choice, so now we get another fragile ego completely unprepared to play in a game with on-coming traffic.

  28. gergie1957 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:32 AM

    After week one, I’m pretty sure Tebow will be available.

  29. jetsareajoke says: Sep 4, 2013 10:32 AM

    The real question is: Have they announce what time the parade will start?

  30. iejdaniel says: Sep 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    Jets announce they are starting the season 0-1.

  31. jimmysee says: Sep 4, 2013 10:34 AM

    Geno saw his stock rising leading up the the NFL draft. Interesting to see whether the wise old men who rate these players knew what the heck they were talking about.

    I certainly wish him well — but the NFL is an unforgiving league.

  32. SilentMajority says: Sep 4, 2013 10:37 AM

    Considering Geno Smith appears to be the Jets QB of the future, the only question seems to be why wait to start him? After all, no one is expecting the Jets to do anything this year.

  33. thereep says: Sep 4, 2013 10:38 AM

    I can’t wait to start the Buccaneer’s D/ST.

  34. floratiotime says: Sep 4, 2013 10:41 AM

    The Jets won their pre-season game against the Giants. That’s their Superbowl. The regular season doesn’t matter to them.

  35. mogogo1 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:47 AM

    What are they going to do with 4 QBs? Will two be inactive every week? I’m lost on what their need is for Quinn unless he’s just around until Sanchez recovers.

    The old line about really have no QBs when you have two is doubly true when you have four.

  36. fissels says: Sep 4, 2013 10:51 AM

    Go Geno! Don’t listen to the idiots!

  37. f1restarter says: Sep 4, 2013 10:52 AM

    After a few weeks of Geno, Jets fans will be clamoring for Sanchez to be the QB, hailing him as their savior once again.

  38. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    reppster says:

    Geno has lead by Jets in Madden to a 3-0 start, 7 TD, 0 picks, let’s hope to see this kid do similar in the real thing!

    Lolercoaster now that’s grasping at straws.

    As if Madden has anything to do with reality.

    Jets fans are getting desperate for the slightest sign of something positive. On the bright side, maybe the Jets can use this Sanchez “injury” to bury him for good.

  39. justintuckrule says: Sep 4, 2013 11:02 AM

    Even traditionally delusional jets fans I have spoken to know that geno is garbage and that this will end laughingly bad

  40. alexb1234 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:07 AM

    Why is everybody obsessed with Matt Simms? he is NOT the best QB on the roster…the guy has never started a game or played against a real first team defense EVER in the preseason and has never even been dressed for a real game EVER….

    Geno has more talent then sanchez and simms…and dont give me the bloodline thing bc we saw how great his brother Chris was…

    Geno gets first crack and if he ends up sucking then you go to Sanchez before you go to Simms…

  41. richiebburg says: Sep 4, 2013 11:08 AM

    Like if you have or wish you had Tampa Bay Def/St in any type of fantasy this week!

  42. nananatman says: Sep 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    When do they announce the week 2 starters?

  43. philly4lyfe says: Sep 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    geno can do it! he just needs to visualize how he’s going to win….

    *Announcer: just moments before they were set to enter the stadium, a congenital heart defect has felled the entire Tampa Bay defense*

  44. justintuckrule says: Sep 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    A smart organization would have a football immature qb caddy for a year. He’s not ready whatsoever.

  45. thesteelskirt says: Sep 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    How do the Pats stay atop the AFC east, gifts every off season from the jets, bills, and fins. This is competitive balance?????????!

  46. kgun80 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:34 AM

    The Jets haven’t done this kid any favors. I get that he has to start with Sanchez injured. Maybe they had him ahead of Sanchez before the injury which isn’t unbelievable. But the kid doesn’t really have a run game to lean on and besides Holmes he really has no experienced targets. But who knows they are playing Tampa. So they could pull off a win… But I doubt it.

  47. bigbluelou says: Sep 4, 2013 11:34 AM

    It’s all a plan for Rex. He’ll put in Geno to get hurt then he’ll have to start Simms and all will be right in Jetland. Anyone who watches football knows Geno is not ready. Do they think they are going to catch lightning in a bottle twice by starting a rookie and getting to the AFC championship game? It is so absurd. I just do not undertstand this team and feel for their fans. They do everything they can to bring more pressure on themselves rather than just going about their business as a football team. Non-fans want them to fail. And the owner hasn’t a clue.

  48. aldante66 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:42 AM

    Totally shocked by this news, just shocked.

  49. annes22 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:50 AM

    Can’t wait to see what happens with Geno starting.
    He didn’t look ready last time around, and he got injured. This could be really embarassing.

  50. rowdymon says: Sep 4, 2013 11:52 AM

    Under/over on Quinn entering the game is 4 minutes into the 3rd quarter…

  51. dbfan4ever says: Sep 4, 2013 12:04 PM

    What are the chances of the lemmings on here believing everything they see/hear from the media? I would say fairly high. I think that those in the media derisively refer to you as “useful idiots”

  52. jetsmmt says: Sep 4, 2013 12:08 PM

    He’s going to have a great game. Jets will beat the Bucs.

  53. turnofftheradio1 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    In Geno we trust… hopefully.

  54. thenew013 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:28 PM

    I hope he does well. I dont care for the jets too much but I want to see this guy succeed and prove not only to the teams that passed on him but also to all these haters that think he is no good. Hopefully he has learned from his mistakes and is improving as a QB right now as we speak.

  55. alewatcher says: Sep 4, 2013 12:47 PM

    I wonder what Brady Quinn could have been if he hadn’t held out in his rookie season. The Cleveland QB job was his for the taking, but by holding out, and missing pretty much all of training camp, Derek Anderson got the nod and Quinn never caught up.

    Hey, Brady – how’s the decision to hold out looking now?

  56. seauxwhut67 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    Bucs D/ST: Fantasy lock for Week 1

  57. vaster says: Sep 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    Still better than the Jags and Raiders.

  58. steves11 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    I guess we know at least one person who doesn’t want Geno Smith to have a good game. Mark Sanchez, anyone?

  59. granadafan says: Sep 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    With the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, the New York Jets select….

  60. pzkslc says: Sep 4, 2013 1:10 PM

    Rex needs to go back to being DC….and no doubt he will when Woody shows him the door on Black Monday.

  61. kgun80 says: Sep 4, 2013 1:13 PM


    Looks like a great decision in hindsight he negotiated a big pay day before the Browns had a chance to discover what the rest of the world knew. He was an underachieving overhyped QB who played at a ” big name” school in a ” pro style offense”.

  62. davikes says: Sep 4, 2013 1:35 PM

    Geno Smith preseason qbr = 54
    Simm’s preseason qbr = 103

    It’s almost like the Jets don’t want to win.

  63. jetsareajoke says: Sep 4, 2013 1:39 PM

    What I can’t understand is all the Fin fans who were clamoring for Brady Quinn instead of taking “the Ginn family”. Lesser of two evils come to mind now?

  64. mrplow3 says: Sep 4, 2013 1:46 PM

    Again mentioning the name of Sanchez.

    Why is he even being considered for the job injured or not?

    He’s horrible. How many years of his horrific play do we have to witness before he can be written off as anything more than a sub par back up?

    Seriously, Sanchez’s career as a starter should have ended two years ago. ENOUGH ALREADY!

  65. nobby821 says: Sep 4, 2013 1:56 PM

    As excited as I am for Week 1, The Bucs should probably rest their starters for this one…

  66. dlk47823 says: Sep 4, 2013 2:41 PM

    Bucs O line beat up, Jet D line one of the best in football. Freeman turns it over multiple times, Revis 80% at best. Jets win 21-17.

  67. dlk47823 says: Sep 4, 2013 2:43 PM

    Simms played against 3rd stringers all preseason, Geno played against 1’s…..Relax people

  68. southpaw2k says: Sep 4, 2013 3:36 PM

    thesteelskirt says:
    Sep 4, 2013 11:22 AM
    How do the Pats stay atop the AFC east, gifts every off season from the jets, bills, and fins. This is competitive balance?????????!


    I sure would like to see what the Patriots would be like in a division like the NFC East. Bet you they’d be a 9-win team if they were in any other division in the league.

  69. sportsfan18 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:49 PM

    All one needs to know about the Jets is that knowing what they had at QB in Mark Sanchez, they drafted Geno Smith…

    Mark wasn’t and isn’t the answer and neither is Geno…

    And I caution making a mountain out of a mole hill. I mean let’s say Geno comes out of the gate and plays well, say for two yrs even and leads the Jets to the conference championship his first two yrs…

    Oh wait, that doesn’t guarantee anything does it?

    People criticized those putting the wonder boy Sanchez down back then and criticized old Pete for saying he should have remained at USC for another year…

    Well all those people have egg on their face now…

    I caution you not to anoint Geno as the savior and being so much better than Sanchez (who the Jets need to cut ties with yesterday by the way) if he plays well right out of the gate.

    This kid doesn’t have the mental make up to be a franchise quarterback…

    I mean he sulked off from the draft in NYC when he wasn’t selected in the first round. He said he wasn’t going to return to the draft the next day.

    That’s sure some intestinal fortitude right there folks… Yep, you sure want that leading your NFL team through adversity, through bad press, when other players go down etc…

    I mean because we see what he does when the chips are down…

  70. sillec28 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:59 PM

    I feel sorry for Smith’s agent. When Smith has a bad game Sunday he’ll fire his agent.

  71. justrelax13 says: Sep 5, 2013 12:33 PM

    Rex is doomed. he is out of his mind and soon will be out of a job. Serves him well for destroying Tebow’s career.

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