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For Jets, “organizational decision” coming at quarterback

For most teams, the coach decides who’ll play.  With the Jets, it’s broader than that.

Coach Rex Ryan, who sat for an interview during last month’s league meetings, talked about the team’s process for choosing between quarterback Geno Smith and Mike Vick as the starter.

“We’ll always make it as an organization,” Ryan said in a sit-down that will be televised on Wednesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “Everything we do will be an organizational decision whether, you know, I’m the guy that ultimately says, ‘this guy is the guy’ or whatever in front of everybody.  Believe me, it is a collaborative effort.  Marty Mornhinweg as our offensive coordinator, great offensive coordinator, [we] will lean heavily on him [and] in my opinion, the best quarterbacks coach in football, David Lee. . . .  That decision’s a New York Jet decision and at the appropriate time we’ll make that decision.”

Though Ryan named no other names, G.M. John Idzik could, in theory, have a role in the “organizational decision,” since he runs the football organization.

For the full interview with Ryan, dial us up at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.  We’ll also have the league meetings interview with Dolphins G.M. Dennis Hickey.  We’ll also discuss which team has the best shot at dethroning the Patriots atop the AFC East.

Brandon Spikes surely would pick the Bills.  Let us know your pick.

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22 Responses to “For Jets, “organizational decision” coming at quarterback”
  1. basexc9 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:00 PM

    Gee, I wonder if the Jets will win this poll because the article is about the Jets?

  2. jetsfaninindy says: Apr 9, 2014 4:01 PM

    Trade Geno. Cut your losses now.

  3. jjb0811 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:07 PM

    Why bring in an average vet QB to challenge your second year guy? Nothing the Jets have done from telling Smith to stay in NY (for the draft) last year to bringing in Vick makes a whole lot of sense.

    Add in Miami disfunction & the Bills being the Bills, & we can already crown the Pats AFC champs again.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 9, 2014 4:14 PM

    I don’t want to pick one of those teams. I say they all tie for second place.

    And I like how Rex Ryan is very careful about saying whatever in front of everybody as opposed to other newbie coaches that have already said multiple awkward things. Now’s not the best time to be freely whatevering about without a clear idea of whatever that’s all about. Know what you know, don’t tell us what you don’t.

  5. dpdonny says: Apr 9, 2014 4:16 PM

    I voted Jets b/c believe it or not Rex is the best HC out of the 3.

  6. nytroutdog says: Apr 9, 2014 4:27 PM

    Bills are up and coming.

  7. bgu42 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:27 PM

    As a Jet fan, I voted for the Bills, who in their right mind thinks this team is going anywhere with 2 dopes at QB and a horrendous defensive backfield? Kyle Wilson couldn’t cover me, no less a decent receiver, but as long as u idiot Jet fans keep going to games and paying your PSL’s, nothing will change……dummies

  8. cromags says: Apr 9, 2014 4:28 PM

    Recent NYJ QB decisions include cutting Pennington who went to hated rival Miami and won the division, picking up a shot Favre to boost PSL sales, trading up for Sanchez, trading for Tebow… need I go on?

  9. oldcracker says: Apr 9, 2014 4:31 PM

    How about a “None of the Above”???

  10. mistrezzrachael says: Apr 9, 2014 4:39 PM


    Not one of those teams is approaching anything competitive on a weekly basis.

    Each one of them…will have 1-2 Super Bowl wins,,but unless Brady, Gronk, /Edelmann, Solder, Mayo, Revis, Browner , Mayo & Wilfork…ALL miss the entire season, not a shot.

    Teams above are jv…none a factor in any division.

  11. tavisteelersfan says: Apr 9, 2014 4:41 PM

    Is an “Organizational Decision” something like a “committee”? It would not shock me that Jets decisions are the product of “committees”.

  12. bostonfrogs says: Apr 9, 2014 4:43 PM

    So the choice basically boils down to this: mediocre QB play over the course of an entire 16 game season versus overrated, sporadic QB play for about 4 or 5 games before the inevitable injury occurs? Not since the Ken O’Brien/Browning Nagle era have Jets fans witnessed such an intense QB controversy.

  13. chargerdillon says: Apr 9, 2014 4:49 PM

    Only the Jets would build their Superbowl Hopes on the shoulders of other teams throw away players.

    Would any team really other than the Jets have drafted Geno Smith. Especially after having a much better mobile QB in Tebow who they didn’t even bother to utilize when they had the chance.

    Could they have made any bigger mess of a QB like Sanchez who really isn’t all that bad until they expected him to do more than he’s capable of while not replacing his aging supporting cast at RB and WR. Does anybody not recognize the decline of Sanchez was as sudden as the decline of the Jets WR’s, RB’s, and O-line?

    So you scrapped everything on a guy who in back to back years QB’d your team to the AFC championship game for a mobile qb with red flags about his maturity and intelligence.

    Woody Johnson is the AFC’s version of Dan Snyder

  14. ryann252013 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:52 PM

    Jet’s have the best chance and I’m not saying that just as a jet fan.

    The defense has stayed almost entirely the same besides Cromartie leaving, and even Cro had an awful year and Darrin Walls was viewed as an upgrade and even if Walls comes out flat we can move him to the slot and use Wilson as a band aid for the season. As long as Dee Milliner, Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen keep developing they have a solid secondary maybe even draft Jimmie Ward or Dion Bailey in the 2nd to pair with Allen along with the elite d-line they have.

    The offense was upgraded this season add CJ2K and draft Cooks, OBJ,Ebron or Amaro in the first round and grab someone like Donte Moncrief in round 3 and that’s a potential potent offense for the Jets.

    And now coaching..the bills are up and coming team I think Marrone has a lot of potential but he is not there yet. And Philbin does not seem to get the dolphins over the hump and they both are not the fiery guy like Rex.

    Advantage to the jets.

  15. dxh02 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:57 PM

    Ryan Tannehill, Geno Smith and EJ Manuel… this is the old junior high school “second place is the first loser” adage personified

  16. phinzphan says: Apr 9, 2014 4:58 PM

    The dolphins played well last year if you take into fact they had no offensive line for Ryan Tannehill. Fixing that ,I think RT will have a break out season .GO DOLPHINS………

  17. dolphinfan17 says: Apr 9, 2014 5:03 PM

    Geno and EJ are unproven….. We at least have really seen Tannehill. Even with the worst o-line in phin history, recievers that drop passes(just watch the second bills vs phins game) Tannehill STILL showed improvement. Dolphins are close because they have their quaterback. Jets and Bills still arent sure what they have.

  18. iamapatsfan says: Apr 10, 2014 8:52 AM

    I would have picked the bills, I think they will have a good defense, but I don’t feel their offense will be able to put up enough points.

    If any team is going to this year, I would pick the Dolphins.

    But I also don’t see it actually happening, probably not until Brady and/or BB retires.

  19. miamisam1966 says: Apr 10, 2014 12:14 PM

    Picking between a has been Vick and a never gonna be Smith is not that monumental of a decision. Either way the Jets offense will be BAD again. BTW, David Lee is a terrible QB coach, he was Sparano’s best buddy when he was in Miami and never developed one QB while he was here, did not even make them one bit better.

  20. thelastpieceofcheese says: Apr 10, 2014 2:07 PM

    The above poll clearly shows this board is infested with jets fans.

  21. lanman11 says: Apr 10, 2014 4:52 PM

    I had to abstain. There needs to be a fourth option. Seriously, can anyone select one of those three teams as being able to over take one of the best organizations in sports history, and do it with a straight face? This may be less about how good the Patriots are, and more about how bad the other three are. They all have to be rooting for the Patriots as an organization to become way over confident in their position. That and some inspirational play, an unlikely hero, some odd bounces of the ball, and an obscure tie breaker, might have a slight chance of being a remote possibility.

  22. micknangold says: Apr 10, 2014 5:03 PM

    Rex’s quote doesn’t seem to imply he doesn’t have the final decision. He’s just saying he’s taking input from the rest of the coaching staff. Idzik isn’t even mentioned.

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