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Idzik on Geno Smith as 2014 starter: We don’t look too far into the future

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Geno Smith closed his rookie season with a pair of good performances in wins over the Browns and Dolphins, but the Jets aren’t heading into the offseason with the quarterback question answered once and for all.

At their season-ending press conference on Tuesday, coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik were complimentary of Smith’s work during the 2013 season but Idzik stressed that the team “will always look to improve every position in any manner we can.” As such, Idzik said that the team is going to be looking at quarterbacks this offseason and that Smith’s not being considered the starter for next season at the moment.

“We don’t look too far into the future with that,” Idzik said. “Again, Geno started 16 games for us. You all witnessed how he did, how he finished strong. We’re very, very excited and happy that Geno is with us.”

The Jets would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t look for competition for Smith this offseason. His play at the end of the season was encouraging, but that’s all it was after a year that also see him play some truly execrable football. Even if Smith’s better suited to start when next season opens, the Jets would likely have a more viable option that Matt Simms in the event that Smith should struggle enough again next year that he needs to be replaced.

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49 Responses to “Idzik on Geno Smith as 2014 starter: We don’t look too far into the future”
  1. kerzondax says: Jan 1, 2014 9:41 AM

    a/k/a Geno Smith is not that good and boy do we hope another option comes along.

  2. green41563 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:43 AM

    Just the smart thing to do. Geno’s a maybe. If you have the chance to land a stud in trade for a reasonable price, you do that.

  3. promickey says: Jan 1, 2014 9:45 AM

    Idzik is smart to want a good QB as an alternative should Smith falter. Miami would have been wise to use their backup as the offense faltered in the playoff run scoring one TD in the last two important games.

  4. qdog112 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:46 AM

    While I respect what Idzik did in Seattle and understand the idea that worked there, was that every position was open to competition, I think he should get behind Geno to help build his confidence. To lead that garbage to 8-8, is bordering on miraculous. The Jets have maybe one player on offense that could make another squad.

    That’s where my respect for Idzik stops. Had Luck or Tannehill pulled this off, they would have been anointed, future HOF, but Geno gets no respect. Meanwhile, Eli gets less scrutiny with 27 INTs. Give the Jets Cruz and the Jets are 9-7 or even 10-6 and in the playoffs. Just one WR or TE or play maker is what they needed.

  5. petehemlock says: Jan 1, 2014 9:49 AM

    Vick knows Morningwheg

  6. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 1, 2014 9:49 AM

    Wow

  7. meatcarroll says: Jan 1, 2014 9:52 AM

    Geno Talent.

  8. kaeprulestheworld says: Jan 1, 2014 9:53 AM

    I believe in Geno!!!!

  9. ttommytom says: Jan 1, 2014 9:59 AM

    You better

    If you muck the future, the future will muck you…

  10. jagsdynasty says: Jan 1, 2014 10:13 AM

    Meanwhile the Jaguars are preparing for a decade of multiple Super Bowl wins…

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:16 AM

    Smith, Sanchez, both are turnover machines. Matt Simms is not an NFL starter. Doesn’t really matter which one they put out there.

  12. beardinals says: Jan 1, 2014 10:18 AM

    Mark Sanchez 2.0?

  13. steelerdeathstar says: Jan 1, 2014 10:18 AM

    While Idzik and the Jets (apologies to Elton John) understandably need to look out for the best interests of their franchise at every position, they should probably resist any urge to give Geno Smith the ‘bum’s rush’, or look to replace him any time soon. He was a rookie, after all, coming into a situation lacking a ton of offensive talent around him, and finished very strong. Had he played his worst football late in the season, that might be a different story, but he was pretty much at his best by the end of the year…an encouraging sign that things are starting to fall into place for him.

  14. vuudu says: Jan 1, 2014 10:19 AM

    I have finally figured out why the Jets are so inconsistent, they don’t look far into the future.

  15. fordmandalay says: Jan 1, 2014 10:20 AM

    And that’s the very definition of a rousing vote of confidence! The Jest circus train keeps rolling right along.

  16. jimjets says: Jan 1, 2014 10:21 AM

    As a diehard fan I was proud of the job this kid did. It was simple to me – in games he made a few plays with his legs and didn’t turn it over we won. Yes bring in competition but also provide him with an opportunity with improved skill players and an entire offseason with wiggy as his oc. I don’t think he’ll ever be manning or Brady but I don’t think he has too as the jets actually play defense too

  17. sikoix says: Jan 1, 2014 10:31 AM

    Jets fans must love hearing the GM proclaim he doesn’t look too far into the future.

  18. justintuckrule says: Jan 1, 2014 10:32 AM

    “Execrable”. First new word I’ve learned in 2014. Thanks!

  19. ryann252013 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:44 AM

    I have a feeling Idzik may be waiting to see how the cutler situation goes.

  20. petehemlock says: Jan 1, 2014 10:58 AM

    Geno Smith is the best QB in the state of NY.

  21. softhelmet says: Jan 1, 2014 11:04 AM

    There are going to be some guys that will hit the market (Vick, etc.) that could put pressure on Geno for sure. But will they want to join the Jets?

  22. bostonian13 says: Jan 1, 2014 11:09 AM

    The kid is still young but c’mon, he’s overrated. He’s on the same level as lets say, Thad Lewis. He’s no more than a backup in this league, he’s not that good to lead your team. The only reason and I don’t understand why because they only have one win and not many playoff appearances/wins; he gets so much hype is because he plays for New York. He isn’t the answer, neither is Rex no matter how many help they get on offense.

  23. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jan 1, 2014 11:16 AM

    Big whoop, he’ll have to continue to compete for his position…. what did you expect? He hasn’t earned full backing yet….

    As if Geno doesn’t know this already…. Keep improving & don’t stink up the joint and you’ll have a promising future.

    There are no free passes anymore with the new Sheriff Idzzy in town… As it should be!!

  24. olcap says: Jan 1, 2014 11:19 AM

    I’ll bet a dollar to a doughnut that Rex tries once again to install his boy Sanchez as the starter.

  25. ssraebel says: Jan 1, 2014 11:27 AM

    Jags fan here – this is why the Jets organization is considered a circus by many. Rookie QB plays like a rookie with ups and downs, throws less INT’s than 2 time winner Eli Manning, and less than #1 overall pick Peyton’s rookie year (look it up), yet he is considered a turnover machine. Geno had 5 TD’s rushing because the Jets have nobody to throw to.

    This is what I call the 1st round pick syndrome – people think 1st rounders have all the talent and when they make mistakes it is considered “rookie mistakes” but lower round QB’s never get a shot to make even a few mistakes. If Gabbert had a rookie year that was even close to Geno’s people would have talked about all the positives and none of the negatives. Blaine had the best runner in the NFL his rookie year and a top 10 defense and did not get any of the questions that Geno is getting. If I were Geno I would be in the GM’s office today asking for clarification about this statement, and if I didn’t get a satisfactory answer about giving me the weapons I needed I would ask for a trade.

    Geno is not Russel Wilson but he showed enough this year to be clearly the starter and have the team backing him. The owner should be pissed off at a statement like this because he put these guys in charge and Geno was a 2nd round pick. I would be more concerned than a defensive minded HC could not develop the 1st round pick better than he did. (Dee Milliner)

  26. bert1913 says: Jan 1, 2014 11:56 AM

    idzik reminds me of the towel boy in the water boy movie

  27. jbaxt says: Jan 1, 2014 12:00 PM

    Was it me or did Geno have close to the seasons worst performance about 6 weeks ago? So glad he’s not on my team. If that was my hope, I’d be finding a plan b team, because about 28 other teams have brighter futures than the Jets.

  28. newjerseygiants says: Jan 1, 2014 12:15 PM

    I think Geno can be good.
    #1 He’s a rookie.
    #2 He had virtually nobody to throw to.
    #3 He has the physical ability to be a good QB.

    Give him a few decent receivers and a tight end then judge him. He has excellent arm strength, throws a nice looking ball PLUS he can move and isn’t a sitting duck back there like the other guy who starts at QB in MetLife Stadium.

  29. oreo51 says: Jan 1, 2014 12:54 PM

    Geno Smith is no Russell Wilson.

  30. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 1, 2014 1:26 PM

    The title says it all. Again, Idzik is the #1 problem with the team. When they figure out that I’m right about that and get a good GM, then they will have good long-term plans in place. Because a good Gm thinks ahead and has lots of theoretical ideas and contingency concepts, otherwise you can’t make the optimal moves today if you don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about the future down the road.

  31. tiproast says: Jan 1, 2014 1:29 PM


    ssraebel says: Jan 1, 2014 11:27 AM

    This is what I call the 1st round pick syndrome – people think 1st rounders have all the talent and when they make mistakes it is considered “rookie mistakes” but lower round QB’s never get a shot to make even a few mistakes.

    This may all be true, but Geno was not a first round pick.

  32. urmomsmyho says: Jan 1, 2014 1:44 PM

    You guys are missing the point, plain and simple.

  33. ras1tafari says: Jan 1, 2014 1:44 PM

    In summary: “No.”

  34. olhockeypop says: Jan 1, 2014 1:49 PM

    Geno is not the best in N.Y . He is in new Jersey as is E. Manning . Only one NFL Team in New York State and that is the Bills . Heck also New Jersy is hosting the Super Bowl not N.Y .

  35. ssraebel says: Jan 1, 2014 1:50 PM

    @tiproast – is it not clear?

    1st round draft picks (like Gabbert) get to make massive mistakes but people still believe in them.

    Lower round picks (like Geno) better look awesome right away.

    1st round pick syndrome. Guys like Russell, Leaf, Gabbert, Sanchez, etc etc keep getting starts even with all the mistakes. Go look at a guy like Colt Mckoy and compare his stats w guys picked in the 1st round and tell me why he was pulled before Blaine.

  36. tiproast says: Jan 1, 2014 2:16 PM

    @ssraebel – my bad, didn’t read your post in its entirety before I responded.

  37. sdb0ltz says: Jan 1, 2014 2:41 PM

    Michael Vick, Welcome to New York.

  38. jacobk621 says: Jan 1, 2014 3:20 PM

    Tim Tebow 2.0 ????

  39. mortyglickstein says: Jan 1, 2014 4:25 PM

    He was a second round pick. He did great as a rookie. What do people expect, the same first year as luck, Wilson and RG me when he had minimal help? Here is Miami they love Tanenhill. What he has done with them spending a ton of money surrounding him?

  40. annes22 says: Jan 1, 2014 4:50 PM

    Tannehill had no offensive line, how the hell was he suppose to throw the ball?? He has no time at all, it was awful. Geno Smith is a rookie, he had 2 wins to finish, but playing the dolphins last Sunday was a joke. They didn’t even try in that game, that was obvious. No enthusiasm, nothing of anything it was awful, and made Geno look like Dan Marino. You can spend all the money in the world on WR’s but if the line doesn’t protect what do you do??? Sacked 46 times, it’s a miracle the guy could even stand up at the end.

  41. briang123 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:14 PM

    With a position of little importance as quarterback, I fully understand not wasting time on thinking about next season and what is going to happen at that spot. You don’t see playoff teams like the Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers, Packers, and Panthers looking that far in the future on who will be their QB, do you?

  42. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:28 PM

    jagsdynasty says:

    Meanwhile the Jaguars are preparing for a decade of multiple Super Bowl wins…
    ______________________

    Lolercoaster in what alternative universe ?

    ‘Cause in this one they’re lucky any year they win more than 4-5 games, much less even get to the playoffs.

  43. lrjets says: Jan 1, 2014 7:30 PM

    fordmandalay says:
    Jan 1, 2014 10:20 AM
    And that’s the very definition of a rousing vote of confidence! The Jest circus train keeps rolling right along.
    ________________________

    Circus? The entire football world from the most astute analysts all the way down to……um you, called for the Jets to win 3-4 games.
    They won 8!!!!

  44. lrjets says: Jan 1, 2014 7:33 PM

    olhockeypop says:
    Jan 1, 2014 1:49 PM
    Geno is not the best in N.Y . He is in new Jersey as is E. Manning . Only one NFL Team in New York State and that is the Bills . Heck also New Jersy is hosting the Super Bowl not N.Y .
    ________________________________

    If you had the slightest clue to the politics of building a stadium in NY, you wouldn’t have even lifted your crayon.
    There are apartments in New York City that cost more than the land your team’s stadium sits on.

  45. olhockeypop says: Jan 2, 2014 6:27 PM

    I agree with your post about land value’s . But the fact of the matter is thier stadiums are in New Jersy not New York . Just stating an undisputible fact . The Bills stadium actully is in Orchard Park not Buffalo . But at least it is in New York State .No reason to get snippy with facts my friend.

  46. bigbluelou says: Jan 2, 2014 10:04 PM

    What? you guys don’t want Matt Simms now? You were calling for him when they benched Geno. oh but now Geno’s good. ok. You be proud to be 8-8 and miss the playoffs. Congrats.

  47. j0esixpack says: Jan 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    It seems like Geno’s new sexting scandal might have slowed Idzik on proclaiming Smith the starter

  48. lrjets says: Jan 3, 2014 5:29 PM

    olhockeypop says:
    Jan 2, 2014 6:27 PM
    I agree with your post about land value’s . But the fact of the matter is thier stadiums are in New Jersy not New York . Just stating an undisputible fact . The Bills stadium actully is in Orchard Park not Buffalo . But at least it is in New York State .No reason to get snippy with facts my friend.
    _______________________________

    Facts? How many teams in the NFL and NBA actually play in the city of their namesake?
    Yes, the Giants and Jets are in New Jersey.
    About 6 miles from NYC.
    I’ll wager many teams play more than 6 miles from the city that’s on their jerseys.
    I do get snippy with those who show such hatred for NYC teams because of the city, not the teams.
    I apologize for NY being the center of the universe.

  49. prijak1 says: Jan 18, 2014 12:42 PM

    Geno is a crybaby punk! We hate Geno!

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