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Rex Ryan considering return to color-coded rules to limit turnovers

Geno Smith, Zach Brown AP

Back in 2009, the Jets had a rookie quarterback named Mark Sanchez who turned the ball over too often so they decided to color-code the playbook in order to make it clear when he was supposed to take risks and when he was supposed to play it safe.

The red-yellow-green system came and went, but Sanchez never found a way to cut down on the turnovers. That and a preseason shoulder injury for Sanchez are the reasons why they have another rookie quarterback this season. With Geno Smith turning the ball over 11 times in the first 4 games, it feels a bit like history repeating itself and the suggestion was made on these pages earlier this week that the Jets might consider a similar response.

Or the same response. Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports that coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that he’s thinking about reinstituting the old system of managing risk to deal with Smith’s propensity for handing the ball to the other team.

“I’ve been thinking about it. Kind of a fine line, as you guys even talked about it earlier, about being aggressive but being smart with it as well,” Ryan said. “We want to be aggressive, there’s no question, you want to be aggressive, but you don’t want to do something to the detriment of your football team. Clearly, turning the football over, has been a real problem, not just this season but the last couple of seasons as well. And we all know what that leads to.”

It looks like wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill will miss Monday night’s game against the Falcons, which shapes up to a difficult night for the offense and a long one for the defense even if they don’t turn the ball over. Turnovers would make things much worse, making it imperative that the team do whatever it can to eliminate them.

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15 Responses to “Rex Ryan considering return to color-coded rules to limit turnovers”
  1. doe22us says: Oct 2, 2013 2:53 PM

    Welcome to the traffic lights Geno, too funny, anyway its first 4 games (i know it was a typo) just getting on you J.A.

  2. blueballz77 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:55 PM

    wow I didn’t realize it was week 15 already 11 turnovers in 14 games.

  3. steelerben says: Oct 2, 2013 2:56 PM

    Well, seeing as it worked so well for Sanchez, why not do it for Geno?

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 3:05 PM

    The sad truth (that makes trolls and followers mad/shake/cry): the NY Jets would be 3-1 if crappy Mark Sanchez was healthy and started Week 1.

    Tavon Austin/Stedman Bailey

    Now…. you see.

    It’s gonna get much worse now Holmes is injured.

  5. AngryHumanoid says: Oct 2, 2013 3:06 PM

    A COLOR CODED rule book? He’s a freaking professional athlete, not a kindergartner. Why don’t we give him more than a quarter of a season to learn the ropes before we right him off as incapable of learning?

  6. AngryHumanoid says: Oct 2, 2013 3:10 PM

    GAH, *Write. I am now angry at myself. At least my username is fitting.

  7. ampats says: Oct 2, 2013 3:11 PM

    What is it about the Jets that their starting QB’s need their playbooks dummy downed ?

    You don’t see other NFL teams color coding their plays to avoid turnovers.

  8. scaredhitless says: Oct 2, 2013 3:24 PM

    Rex Ryan is a defensive coordinator. <— see that right there, look close, it's a period!

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 3:26 PM

    Mark Sanchez w/o Santonio Holmes (15 games):

    13 td — 18 int — 14 fumbles

    54% completions — 66.9 QB Rating

    ——————–

    Geno Smith WITH Santonio Holmes (4 games):

    4 td — 8 int — 3 fumbles

    57% completions — 68.6 QB Rating

    This is gonna get ugly (Sorry…. UGLIER)!!!

  10. packersarethebest says: Oct 2, 2013 3:31 PM

    “11 times in the first 14 games” – wow this is the shortest NFL season even! I didn’t watch 10 weeks of football. Hell hath frozen over!

  11. ryann252013 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:39 PM

    “Tavon Austin/Stedman Bailey

    Now…. you see.”

    Because they are both doing SOOOO great on the rams you know?

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 4:05 PM

    They are playing on a professional team NOW.

    NOT in West Virginia against college kids from Marshall, James Madison, 1-11 Kansas, 4-8 Maryland, etc..

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 4:06 PM

    Geno is/was OVERRATED.

  14. raideralex says: Oct 2, 2013 4:17 PM

    Peyton Manning set INT record as a rookie.
    Obviously Geno is no Manning, but you learn by playing, not by being babied.

    If he plays a year and still isn’t showing progress year 2, then you drafted the wrong guy.

    If you baby him and he’s not showing progress…it might be because you babied him.

  15. deucedropper says: Oct 2, 2013 4:23 PM

    Green = Go for it. Be aggressive.
    Yellow = Be careful.
    Red = Stop! Don’t do anything stupid.
    Brown = Buttfumble

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