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Rex Ryan downplays talk that Matt Simms could replace Geno Smith


In the week since Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw three interceptions in a loss to New England, there’s been talk of another potential quarterback controversy, this time with backup Matt Simms potentially replacing Smith. But Jets coach Rex Ryan downplayed that talk today.

Asked about a report that Simms has a lot of supporters in the organization, Ryan said that’s true. But Ryan quickly added that those supporters don’t see Simms unseating Smith as the starter.

“I think there’s a lot of guys that like Simms. I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Ryan said. “But to say as our starting quarterback? I don’t see that. But again, I’m obviously not saying that that couldn’t happen, or whatever, but we see Geno as our starting quarterback now and that’s how we see it.”

Asked how much Smith would have to struggle to put Simms in, Ryan answered, “I’m not going to get into that stuff. Shoot, ‘Well if he throws this or this?’ No, I don’t go into the game thinking about that.”

So anyone hoping to see a quarterback circus will have to look elsewhere. The Jets are sticking with Smith.

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51 Responses to “Rex Ryan downplays talk that Matt Simms could replace Geno Smith”
  1. pfic15 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:26 PM

    Except for when it matters most, Geno hasn’t looked bad in his starts.

  2. wearethesteelers says: Sep 19, 2013 5:29 PM


  3. weepingjebus says: Sep 19, 2013 5:31 PM

    Smith shouldn’t get too comfy in any event, this is a head coach that actually has Mark Sanchez’s jersey tattooed onto his own body. Good luck with the QB “competititon.”

  4. forsbergler says: Sep 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    he should replace him, Geno sucks. They would of smoked the pats with a half decent QB playing. Geno cost them that win.

  5. ramsnation88 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    Why is Peeta Mellark in a Jets uniform?

  6. sdb0ltz says: Sep 19, 2013 5:34 PM

    I cant remember in recent memory a Head Coach mishandling his team, year after year, as bad as Rex Ryan.

    You can’t make the stuff up that he does.

  7. nananatman says: Sep 19, 2013 5:35 PM

    As a 25 year Giants fan I gotta put my 2 cents in for Phil Simms boy.

  8. sdb0ltz says: Sep 19, 2013 5:35 PM

    Rex better enjoy his last year as a Head Coach

  9. nflsucker says: Sep 19, 2013 5:36 PM

    Take a look, Jets. Even Tom Brady has trouble when the weapons on the team are pedestrian or worse. Geno Smith or Simms (anyone but Sanchez)… Does it really matter when the offense is like a neglected house at the end of the block?

  10. bleedrangerblue says: Sep 19, 2013 5:36 PM

    Stick with Geno!!

  11. rickyspanish says: Sep 19, 2013 5:42 PM

    When is this going to end?

  12. fissels says: Sep 19, 2013 5:43 PM

    Ya gotta give Geno time. He’s done ok so far. Not bad enough to look for a replacement.

  13. pisano says: Sep 19, 2013 5:47 PM

    They finally got this loser Sanchez out of the way, Rex isn’t going to have another QB controversy unless Geno is a total flop. The Jets are going to be as patient as they can with Geno, but they also know Simms is a strong armed guy who seems poised in there, so he will be an option if need be.

  14. richerie13 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:49 PM

    And the circus continues into week three.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    Smith showed excellent composure against the Pats and most rookies do poorly against a Belichick defense the first time they see one.

    He also made some good plays and throws it was far from all bad.

    They need to let this guy get some experience and full speed game reps if he’s ever going to grow into the QB he could be at this level.

    Removing him in favor of Simms already would be a massive mistake. All that would do is shake Smith’s confidence.

    Of course the terms “Jets” and “massive mistake” have been a common pair to see together the last couple years.

  16. vaughnjoe says: Sep 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    I cant believe NY puts up with this constant QB drama year after year after year. (Takes up air time every year) maybe I just answered my own question.

  17. coltzfan166 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    Wow, will everyone just calm their tits about the Jets QB’s? Geno’s a freaking rookie. Not all rookies shine right off the bat. Both Manning’s sucked their rookie year. Give him at least one season to develop. Truthfully, Matt Simms would probably be even worse.

  18. mikejr80 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    Simms replacing Geno after two games? Give the guy a season at least. He has zero weapons

  19. followme2boston says: Sep 19, 2013 5:56 PM

    I would hate to be the Jets head coach. His words get parsed almost as hard as the President’s do.

  20. realfootballfan says: Sep 19, 2013 6:04 PM

    Sometimes fans are stupid. Matt Sims sucked in college, but yeah, he’s going to take the next step in the NFL. SMH.

  21. forsbergler says: Sep 19, 2013 6:06 PM

    Simms probably sucks too but atleast he would take care of the football.

  22. germanstingray says: Sep 19, 2013 6:12 PM

    Man, it must be miserable to play for the Jests. They need to give Geno a chance to learn and grow into the job. He’s got a great deal of talent, but no one should expect him to be Peyton Manning or Tom Brady after just two games! SHEESH!!!

  23. hottubtodd says: Sep 19, 2013 6:14 PM

    I am no fan of the jets, but the media needs to pump the brakes and find something else to talk about. I but they would find a way to create a QB controversy if they had Tom Brady on their team. Quit hitting the reset button and let the guy develop.

  24. bucsfan5000 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:18 PM

    He should spend more time watching the offense.

  25. fjd10 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:23 PM

    As I said last week, bring on Matt Sims!!!

  26. notthatguy87 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:25 PM

    EJ > Geno

  27. jbaxt says: Sep 19, 2013 6:25 PM

    The Browns will give you their 5th round pick for him. And the Jets would jump all over that offer.

  28. newjerseygiants says: Sep 19, 2013 6:31 PM

    Where there’s smoke………………

  29. blueballz77 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:35 PM

    The Jets fans and media have been in put in the backup mode for the last 3 years cuz of Sanchez stop take a deep breath remind yourselves this is not Sanchez and give the Rookie some time

  30. brenenostler says: Sep 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    Geno’s done just as good at EJ Manuel and they’re not talking about replacing him with Jeff Tuel.


  31. kingpel says: Sep 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    Only the Jets. Because of a freak injury they avoided a full season of quarterback controversy between Sanchez and Smith. They had an opportunity to let their top draft pick learn the game on the fly without the media/fans breathing down their necks and asking questions about Sanchez. So what do they do? Enter their third string QB into the equation and entertain the idea that he could get a start over Smith. Way to go. Rex should have shot this idea down the moment he heard it.

  32. jw1991 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:45 PM

    I’m a huge jets fan…geno sucks I’m sorry. I never thought I’d say this but I miss Sanchez?! Maybe..

  33. celriot1 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    Do people even watch these games? Geno played decently versus a very good defense in week 1 (a defense that ate up Brees the next week). Yeah, he had a bad fourth quarter versus the Patriots. On the road, after a short week, in a MONSOON.

    Give the kid a shot.

  34. EJ says: Sep 19, 2013 6:59 PM

    Geno Smith hasn’t looked as bad as most have pawned him off to be. He is shaky in the clutch right now, but most rookie’s are, so I wouldn’t be too quick to judge him. Time is Smith’s best friend right now, because only time will tell if he has what it takes to compete in this league. All he has to do right now is focus on his flaws, nobody is expecting him to take the team to the Super bowl in his first year… well most aren’t.
    I do HATE the Jets and I DO NOT want to see them succeed, but I wouldn’t wish failure on any single player, well… except maybe Brady.

    Go Bills!!!!

  35. kev86 says: Sep 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    Rex can’t manage the clock. Bad head coach.

  36. chapstickmary says: Sep 19, 2013 7:05 PM

    And some will continue to say it’s only a circus when Tebow is on a team as backup QB.

  37. profootballtalk5 says: Sep 19, 2013 7:10 PM

    I guarantee Geno Smith will be the second best QB in the league 5 years from now. Next to Kirk Cousins becasue RG3 will be out of the league due to injuries by then

  38. jetsmmt says: Sep 19, 2013 7:12 PM

    Geno will bounce back and throw 3 TD’s vs. the Bills with his eyes closed.

  39. securb2013 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:00 PM

    Is Testaverde doing anything?

  40. tegan3 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:10 PM

    This is ridiculous.

  41. thegonz13 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:20 PM

    Matt Simms, come on down! You’re the next contestant on “The Jets QB Wheel of Misfortune”!

  42. kev86 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:21 PM

    If we are being honest, at best Geno can help manage a win. He has a long way to go on reading defenses, not licking in on one receiver, etc. Too early to tell if he is a bust but he would have been better off on the bench for a year. He might be good someday.

  43. asublimeday says: Sep 19, 2013 8:31 PM

    Doing his best Lovie Smith impression,

    “Genoooo is ourrrr quataaaabackkkk”

  44. packersarethebest says: Sep 19, 2013 8:45 PM

    Wow this franchise just can’t go 1 day w/o showing what a splintered locker room they have. I feel sorry for any player who has to play in this atmosphere.

  45. shuttaman1990 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:44 PM

    Lol at my comment comparing Geno Smith to Aaron Brooks disappearing.
    He really is a baby Aaron Brooks.
    Jets will never prosper.

  46. j0esixpack says: Sep 19, 2013 10:48 PM

    Rex has to wait at least 3 weeks for the ink to dry on his new #7 tattoo before he has to cover it up again with # 5

    Seriously the best hope Wrecks has to keep his job is to play the new GM’s QB

  47. dkernwvu says: Sep 20, 2013 12:29 AM

    I love that RG3 and Kernapick (SP) can throw multiple ints in a game and no one bats an eye. Geno does it and people literally tell him to quit the sport. It was his second start, rookie Qbs never beat that pats at home’ why cant Geno catch a break on message boards?

  48. lrjets says: Sep 20, 2013 1:19 AM

    wearethesteelers says:Sep 19, 2013 5:29 PM


    You are kidding, right??

  49. lrjets says: Sep 20, 2013 1:28 AM

    Bet half of these trolls teams are maybe 1-1, if not 0-2, yet they’ll criticize the Jets?

    C’mon break is over. Back to the assembly line.

  50. nmcoach99 says: Sep 20, 2013 9:39 AM

    Jets fans why would anyone play for your criticism of everything on your team…what is your problem….No quarterback would be very good with the receivers this team has…with the exception of Wilkinson(he has heart and wants to win) the rest of them know they won’t be attacked for their failure to go up after the ball or hold onto it….The pats game wouldn’t even been down to the fourth quarter if your RECEIVERS would catch the ball or not fumble it after they catch it….Yes it is easy to blame the quarterback…Geno has done a farely decent job considering the circumstances and the media put downs….not to mention the booing when he was selected to the Jets….FANS you are whoever your quarterback maybe the worst nightmare for them…terrible how you are so quick to attack the QB.

  51. micknangold says: Sep 20, 2013 10:31 PM

    The Jets really need to make an effort to improve the offense. Any quarterback will struggle without sufficient talent at the skill positions. You don’t need superstars all over the place, just guys who can perform the roles they need to in your system. Provided you have a good system – and I think Morhinwheg does – you can put up enough points to win with a good defense. The Jets have the potential to be a top-5 defense over the course of the season, and going forward.

    That said, Smith obviously needs to cut down on the turnovers. He’s a rookie, so he gets a pass for now. But if he doesn’t make improvements over the course of the year, and we wind up with a high pick, we should draft a quarterback unless it’s a reach. Thankfully we’re not in contract jail with him since he’s only a second round pick.

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