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Rex Ryan: I believe in Geno

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Geno Smith and David Garrard let the cat out of the bag about Smith starting against the Raiders this week early on Monday and coach Rex Ryan confirmed it during his afternoon press conference.

“I’m going to go with Geno as our quarterback,” Ryan said, via the team’s website. “I believe in Geno. I think he has the tools to be a good quarterback in this league.”

Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports that Ryan also said that he’s impressed by Smith’s perseverance and that he’s “just waiting for him to have a great game.” Smith’s had one of those so far in his rookie season and it came in the first week of October. Since then, Smith has thrown one touchdown and 11 interceptions while completing just 29 passes over his last four starts. Given all of that, it’s probably best that Ryan not hold his breath while he’s waiting for that game to unspool itself.

Ryan also said that General Manager John Idzik and others are involved in the decision, which could provide some insight into Ryan’s future with the team. While none of the Jets’ quarterback options or skill position players offere them a particularly bright outlook, sticking with Smith through this hellish patch of play isn’t really a move that fits with a coach desperate to start winning games.

It may have nothing to do with that since Ryan himself said that watching tape of Smith and Matt Simms from Sunday does neither guy any favors, but the question of whether Ryan will be around in 2014 will move front and center as the Jets’ playoff chances make their exit.

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80 Responses to “Rex Ryan: I believe in Geno”
  1. ironyisadeadscene says: Dec 2, 2013 5:36 PM

    Just a matter of time for his dismissal if keeps playing him…go with Simms dummy

  2. urmomsmyho says: Dec 2, 2013 5:37 PM

    Memo to Idzik, draft offense in 2014…

  3. mizzousooner says: Dec 2, 2013 5:39 PM

    Does this mean Rex will be getting a Geno tattoo?

  4. coolzog says: Dec 2, 2013 5:39 PM

    He also believed in Mark Sanchez.

  5. z06vision says: Dec 2, 2013 5:39 PM

    The whole organization stinks. Ryan needs to go. So sorry for the fan base. It just keeps getting worse.

  6. dg0122 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:40 PM

    and my 5 year old believes in the Tooth Fairy…

  7. socalavsfan says: Dec 2, 2013 5:42 PM

    Better start saving for that tattoo change

  8. weepingjebus says: Dec 2, 2013 5:43 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that the chairs in the Jets film study room come stocked with air sickness bags, just like on actual jets?

  9. bigzant82 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:45 PM

    U Said That Bout Sanchez Too And Look Where It got You
    Mr. Johnson Please Clean House Ya Fans Deserve Better, Fireman Ed Deserves Better
    The Offense Needs To Be Torn Down And Rebuilt Completely Geno Is Down Field Throwing Qb hence “THE JETS NEED A Vertical Down The field 3-5 WRs Set Offense Not That Dink-Donk boring offense Geno Has A Strong Arm use It!!! Geno Smith’s problem is he needs too learn accuracy if he get some accuracy he will be dangeruos and also he needs too bulk up he very small “chad pennington small” tim for geno too hit the weight room,class room “too learn how too read defenses and get some accuracy”

  10. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Dec 2, 2013 5:47 PM

    This is why he’ll never be a good head coach…
    He falls in love with QBs & doesn’t know when its time to mix things up…

    I’m not saying Matt is the answer, because the whole NOFFENSE is atrocious over the last 3 weeks… but you have to give another guy a chance. Maybe Geno can rebound for next season…

  11. mistrezzrachael says: Dec 2, 2013 5:47 PM

    There are 31 other teams that COMMEND Rex’ys beliefs.

    Go with Geno..please.

    Can only help to continue what you have built….Beat NE once every 2-3 years, and that is biggest accomplishment you could hope for…YOUR very own Super Bowl.

    Happy 45th anniversary jet fans.

  12. zimaman says: Dec 2, 2013 5:49 PM

    bye bye Rex

    your guy Sanchex flopped

    your next guy Geno don’t look much better

    I have never seen a first time head coach survive to successive 1st round QB pick failures

    if you do then you got pictures on the Woodmaster

    sayonara Rexy Ryan san

  13. bullcharger says: Dec 2, 2013 5:49 PM

    They shouldn’t write off Geno before he has a legit chance. The offense is just bad. They need a real offensive coordinator and some reasonable weapons.

  14. jc327 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:51 PM

    And I beleive in the Easter Bunny. Neither are for real.

  15. jagsfan1 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:53 PM

    I never liked Geno…but ANY QB in a Rex Ryan coached team is in a BAD place…

    Apple does not fall far from the tree..his dad SUCKED at offense

  16. irongershwin says: Dec 2, 2013 5:54 PM

    If I were Matt Simms, I’d go to Idzik’s bathroom in his office and leave an upper decker.

  17. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 2, 2013 5:56 PM

    I believe in Santy Claus.

    Give me Rex Ryan’s salary.

    ;-P

  18. rcali says: Dec 2, 2013 5:59 PM

    A Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Go ahead Jets organization, keep starting Geno.

    Just know you’ll have no idea if Simms should have a roster spot held for him next year.

  19. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:00 PM

    coolzog

    He also believed in Mark Sanchez.
    ——————————————————–
    You took the words right out of my mouth

  20. dakingsocrownme says: Dec 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    He believed Dee Milliner would be the best rookie CB by the end of the season too!!!

    Even went as far to guarantee it.

    Well i have a guarantee

    Rex Ryan will be one of the best defensive coordinators available next year.

  21. mistrezzrachael says: Dec 2, 2013 6:06 PM

    LAST TIME jets WON A SUPER BOWL:

    A postage stamp was 5 cents.

    An average house cost $24,700.

    Average wage was $5,572.

    The Dow Jones was at 985.

    A new car cost $2,822.

    A gallon of gas was 34 cents.

    Total Federal spending was $174 billion.

    There were 100 million less Americans.

    Looks like those 45 years going to continue…love it.

  22. eatitfanboy says: Dec 2, 2013 6:06 PM

    He’s right that both QBs looked terrible Sunday.

    The difference is that one has gotten first team reps all year and has much more game experience. Shouldn’t he look a lot better than a guy who rarely gets on the field and gets little to no reps in practice?

    How about they see what Sims can do with a full week of work with the first team, and coming in at the beginning of a game when he can actually execute the game plan, not when his team is already down two or three touchdowns and the defense knows he pretty much has to throw it.

  23. reasonablemindsays says: Dec 2, 2013 6:07 PM

    There is a greater chance of God existing than there is of Geno Smith being the answer for NYJ. Time to let him go.

  24. fordmandalay says: Dec 2, 2013 6:08 PM

    It’s not like he has options at this point.

  25. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Dec 2, 2013 6:12 PM

    He’s a rookie surrounded by the worst skill players in the league. Its ok, not many QBs, let alone a rookie QB would do anything with that offense.

  26. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Dec 2, 2013 6:12 PM

    He’s a rookie surrounded by the worst skill players in the league. Its ok, not many QBs, let alone a rookie QB would do anything with that offense.

  27. jonsilver1947 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:13 PM

    Many of the comments on this thread don’t seem to get it…if you read what is being said, and you have any idea how organizations work, IDZIK has been and is telling Ryan to continue to play Smith, so that they will know for sure what to do regarding drafting another QB or not come April (or trading for one)…the organization considers that much more important than knowing what do do about Simms come 2014…whether Ryan would do that on his own with no direction from above is a hypothetical question, but the issue will ultimately be whether Idzik convinces Johnson to fire Ryan despite Ryan following orders re Smith…

  28. gpete1962 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:13 PM

    Blaahhh! Blaahhh! Blaahh! We alll herd this before Fat head!!!

  29. bigcali4life says: Dec 2, 2013 6:13 PM

    Batman also believed in Harvey Dent too…..

  30. ajm323 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:15 PM

    i feel people conveniently forget that Simms is an undrafted rookie, and was an undrafted rookie for a reason. and just because hes the back up QB hes the most popular guy in town right now.

    i know Geno’s looked like dog doo recently but i was at the game on sunday and trust me, simms didnt do anything that made you think he could be the guy

    same old Jets, baby.

  31. teal379 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:18 PM

    Go with Geno and get yourself canned.

    Then come to Green Bay and put together our defense for us.

  32. nghtrder169 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:20 PM

    When they gonna ask about the real issue… Whats up with your WRs??? Worse group in the NFL

  33. pisano says: Dec 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    Rex, Sanchez came close to costing you your job, Geno WILL cost you your job. I think you know you’re gone at the end of the season, especially with what this team is showing, they’re actually getting worse every week, instead of better.

  34. j0esixpack says: Dec 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    That’s because the GM who Wrecks is depending on for HIS job is the one who selected Smith. Last thing he wants to do is insult the GM

  35. humanlawndart says: Dec 2, 2013 6:22 PM

    Too bad no one else does.

  36. villain612 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:26 PM

    Its a sad day in football when you fear playing the Jaguars more than the Jets.

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:27 PM

    I believe in Geno Smith said Rex Ryan, who then went on to point out that he also believes in -

    The Tooth Fairy
    The Easter Bunny
    The Great Pumpkin

    and that Santa would be bringing him a whole new Oline when he came down the chimney for Christmas

  38. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 6:30 PM

    He must have been talking about Geno’s Pizza

  39. ampats says: Dec 2, 2013 6:31 PM

    Too bad Rex won’t be around to see what happens with Geno next season. The poor front office decisions are going to cost Rex his job.

    Happy 45th Jets fans and as the current roster stands we know the Silver Anniversary will be celebrated in five years.

    J ust
    E nded
    T he
    S eason

    gNO and the jests!!!!!!!!!

  40. wwwmattcom says: Dec 2, 2013 6:39 PM

    Goose, cooked.

  41. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 2, 2013 6:40 PM

    Rex Ryan believes in Geno Smith.

    Rob Ryan believes in Jeno’s Pizza Rolls.

  42. thornziegler says: Dec 2, 2013 6:40 PM

    Geno “can’t make a play” Smith
    (First name optional because his last name is)SIMMS!!!!
    Mark “Crippled Crusader” Sanchez
    “and with the third selection in the 2014 NFL draft…”

    I love the jest. the gift that keeps on giving!

  43. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Dec 2, 2013 6:50 PM

    This sucks. We are really screwed because he’s going to get himself fired with this move & our defense is the only thing we have going for us… And its not like he’s going to revert to being the Jets defensive coordinator next season… This is very very very bad!!!

  44. nyrmania2 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:55 PM

    The problem is Izdik that idiot should have drafted Robert Wood in the second round when receiver was a need and not a quarterback. We could have lived with Sanchez for one more year.

    Izdik then doesn’t resign Keller which hurts now. Really I am so tired of this organization making bad decisions. We know how Kyle Brady worked out instead of Sapp and O’Brien instead of Marino. I could sit here and make a list being a jet fan is a lifelong sentence of being your tortured.

  45. 49erfan44 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:59 PM

    Won’t truly know until they get talent around him. And one of the coaches known to be a “quarterback whisperer”

  46. blackbug99 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:04 PM

    I think Ryan has committed Genocide!!

  47. ijahru says: Dec 2, 2013 7:04 PM

    I hope sexy rely gets fired then comes to New England as defensive coordinator

  48. ryann252013 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:09 PM

    It’s really depressing being a jets fan. I can just pray we can get a competent coach next season, I have confidence in Idzik but I would of liked Keller back or Slauson.

  49. finsup13 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:09 PM

    As a Miami fan I love this. I hope geno and Rex stick around for a long long time

  50. aldante66 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:15 PM

    Smart move. Might as well see what the kid has. I mean it ain’t like he’s played most of the game this year? Oh, sorry he did play most of the game this year.
    I still say he will have a career of 5 passes to every interception.

  51. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:23 PM

    nyrmania2 says:

    The problem is Izdik that idiot
    _______________________

    That’s what you get when the first 10 or so people they tried to get for the job turn it down. No competent GM was going to take that position when they were going to have Rex Ryan shoved down their throat as HC.

    Fans of every other team can only hope Dumb and Dumber manage to convince Woody Johnson to keep them on for one more year. The tremendous amusement value they have for the rest of the league is priceless.

  52. drelms says: Dec 2, 2013 7:37 PM

    I feel so sorry for my son and all the rest of the Jet’s fans, with Ryan as a coach your poor team would seem to be cursed. Not really sure which is worse, the coach or the cast of qb’s they seem to field.

  53. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Dec 2, 2013 7:44 PM

    I’d take Jamarcus Russell over Geno Smith.

  54. pastabelly says: Dec 2, 2013 7:55 PM

    What is more likely? Smith starting at QB for the Jets in 2014 or Rex Ryan being employed by ESPN in 2014?

  55. ravenswhat says: Dec 2, 2013 8:04 PM

    Hey Rex, that’s fine..I’m ok with that. However, be aware that if you miss the playoffs, I’m firing you. Cool?

    Sincerely,

    Woody

  56. 69finfan says: Dec 2, 2013 8:19 PM

    Excellent decision and belief value Rex. After all, Geno is just a Rookie and should be provided ample opportunity to compete and showcase his prodigious talents.

    Signed

    Dolphin Fans everywhere

  57. 49erfan44 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:32 PM

    Someone probably once said “I believe in Ryan Leaf.”

  58. annes22 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:39 PM

    Geno looked horrible yesterday, and he may as well have stayed in. The Jets suck and they were not going to win, no matter who was out there.
    They were pathetic, I don’t think I have seen such horrible playing in the first half for a long time.

  59. officialgame says: Dec 2, 2013 8:48 PM

    Wonder if there is a stat kept for the most bad QB’s drafted by an organization? The Jets have to be at or near the top.

  60. promickey says: Dec 2, 2013 9:00 PM

    Wow, I think I remember Rex Ryan indicating that he had confidence in Mark Sanchez……The kiss of death could be underway here…

  61. mortyglickstein says: Dec 2, 2013 9:17 PM

    Giant fan. In all fairness he has zero help. Maybe less then zero. And he is a rookie. I think we were all spoiled by last years draft.also he was taken in the second round, not the first. Takes 3 years. Look at Aikmans first 2 years stats.

  62. lostsok says: Dec 2, 2013 9:44 PM

    I wonder if the Jets will ruin Johnny Manziel when they overdraft HIM next year.

  63. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 2, 2013 9:46 PM

    Dear CBS: Feel free to flip to “Heidi” at any point of this game.

  64. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:28 PM

    Gino must have nice feet Rex, because you will follow him out the door.

  65. blackdonnelly says: Dec 2, 2013 10:43 PM

    “And the band played on”

  66. matthewmegabush says: Dec 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    He is the only one in the planet who feels that way. The only one!

    as akon would say,”lonely im so lonely I have no body to…..” well u get the point.

    or another one for Rex:

    1 is loneliest number that you’ll ever do.

    or how bout
    1 huh ggod y’all, what is it good for, absolutely nothing.

    I replaced war with the number 1 there.

  67. thesteelskirt says: Dec 3, 2013 12:09 AM

    Read that Idzik told Ryan that Geno is the QB for the rest of the year. Obviously Ryan is gone after this year and is now just saying what he is told to say on his way out.

  68. panfish2013 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:35 AM

    Just think J-E-T-S fans, you had Belichick for about a split second! Then he snapped out of it and thought better of it…

  69. panfish2013 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:37 AM

    i think poor Rex wants to be fired! Can’t blame him… Who wants to Captain the Titanic! A coach who wanted to save his job would put in Gerrard…

  70. shlort says: Dec 3, 2013 1:50 AM

    Rex should do a DNA test on Geno to make sure he is the guy they drafted.

    Now we know why Geno sat there with a stupid look on his face on draft day.

    If anyone thinks Geno will come around some day, they are crazy. Geno looks like a guy who has never played football in his life. It is like they took some guy who never even heard of football, gave him a jersey and said “You are my guy at QB. I have faith in you. You have the tools to be a great QB”. LOL

  71. nghtrder169 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:39 AM

    The Jets haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jerricho Cotchery in 2007.

  72. i10east says: Dec 3, 2013 3:53 AM

    In related NY sports news, Deion still believes in Eli.

  73. kenny328usa says: Dec 3, 2013 4:23 AM

    “I believe in Geno.” And Rex I wholeheartedly believe that you will be out of a job by new years day. But fear not there will be plenty of teams dying to make you a coordinator again.

  74. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2013 4:43 AM

    Smith has been figured out and doesn’t surprise anyone anymore.

    Much like Terrell Pryor.

    They’re two athletes that have been disguised as QB’s, but they’re not.

  75. patriottony says: Dec 3, 2013 5:28 AM

    You know having come from the NY area,,,I know the “people”. Can somebody,,,ANYBODY please explain to me why this CLOWN show continues? Why is the head “ass Clown” ryan still there? He should have been fired 3 years ago,,,when he was shown prostituting his wife on websites,,,This toe sucking BOZO is simply not qualified to be a coach….Look they got a big smoochie present from the REFS in The PATS game…(WHAT A GIMME). They got another in earlier in the season,,to win the same way…(last play of the game,,roughing,, allowed them to kick a FG as time expired),,,,this team SUCKS,,,With the coach leading the clown parade

  76. hehateme2 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:33 AM

    Thanks in advance for the sweep Wrecks. We hope you both stay forever.

    Signed,
    The Miami Dolphins

  77. exboomer says: Dec 3, 2013 7:41 AM

    Yeah, he believes in Smith so much he keeps benching him…just sayin.

  78. steeelfann says: Dec 3, 2013 8:11 AM

    More classic “doublespeak” by a sports coach.

    “I believe in Geno Smith”……….. – Tell me, what does that REALLY mean? You sound like you are supporting his future with the team, but at the same time, it allows you to move on if needed with no lookback.

    Lame.

  79. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    the Jets will beat the Raiders.Theyll get up big and in the second half they’ll blow it

  80. skimbell says: Dec 3, 2013 11:54 AM

    Wait a minute!
    I thought that ol’ Rex believed in Marco Sancho.

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