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Rex Ryan: In Geno and Vick, Jets have “two excellent quarterbacks”


When he chooses between Geno Smith and Michael Vick to be his starting quarterback for the regular season, Jets coach Rex Ryan says he can’t go wrong.

That’s because Ryan believes both Smith and Vick are excellent options.

“We’ll just let this thing play out,” coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s our first preseason game. Obviously, we know we have two excellent quarterbacks.”

Smith is the current starter and the favorite to win the job, but Vick hinted after the preseason opener that he might get some playing time as a change-of-pace quarterback. Vick is the best running quarterback in NFL history, and even at age 34 he’s still fast enough to make plenty of plays with his feet. So it might make sense for the Jets to put Vick on the field occasionally, if for no other reason than to to give opposing defenses one more thing to worry about.

But Ryan added that he saw no reason for Smith to lose his hold on the No. 1 spot in the quarterback competition.

“I thought Geno played extremely well,” Ryan said. “He had a few throwaways. I thought he did a great job stepping up in the pocket a few times and protecting the ball.”

Either way, Ryan will be happy with his quarterback.

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71 Responses to “Rex Ryan: In Geno and Vick, Jets have “two excellent quarterbacks””
  1. kd75 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:37 PM

    What game was Rex watching?

  2. flash1287 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:39 PM

    And both play on an average team.

    Enjoy another 8-8 season!

  3. newjerseygiants says: Aug 8, 2014 5:39 PM

    Translation: Vick is our guy!

  4. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 8, 2014 5:39 PM

    …..But But Rex They are the best QBs in the league by far in fact the Jets are the best team in the history of the league…..its funny at the overreaction to preseason it happens every year….the redskins were 4-0 last preseason

  5. amaf21 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:39 PM

    yes right. two “excellent” qb’s and one blabbermouth HC.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 8, 2014 5:41 PM

    Sounds like a great problem to have, so yeah use them both.

  7. mad55555 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:41 PM

    It is unbelievable how everyone can so easily forget and explain away how terrible Vick has been over the past 3 1/2 years…. EACH and EVERY YEAR! The ONLY reason why he still has a job is because he does not push back when he is benched for someone else. He says and does all the right things but he has nothing left to give to this game. VICK IS DONE!

  8. bucsorbust says: Aug 8, 2014 5:43 PM

    Finishing the Rex quote: “two excellent QBs….but they can’t stay healthy.”

  9. bobby927 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:44 PM

    One 13pt. preseason game and this doofus thinks he’s got the second coming of MontanaMarinoStarrFarveNamathRodgers. This guy needs to get his jaw sewn shut.

  10. ampats says: Aug 8, 2014 5:44 PM

    He said the same thing about Sanchez and more.

    How did that work out ?

  11. therealraider says: Aug 8, 2014 5:44 PM

    By two excellent .. He means 1 mediocre and 1 horrible.

  12. miamatt says: Aug 8, 2014 5:46 PM

    The quotation marks were misplaced. Ryan actually said that the Jets have two “excellent” quarterbacks.

  13. jchipwood says: Aug 8, 2014 5:47 PM

    If you got two qbs that means you dont have one.

  14. thejuddstir says: Aug 8, 2014 5:48 PM

    When will the madness of Rex Ryan end? Neither Smith or Vick would be starters on any other team but Rex thinks he has “two excellent QB’s”….I’m actually starting to feel sorry for Jets fans.

  15. blacknole08 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:51 PM

    Can’t blame him for being diplomatic. After all, he did say Sanchez was his guy at one point.

  16. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 8, 2014 5:54 PM

    Was talking about this with friends before the game yesterday. If Geno doesn’t move the ball in the preseason the fans will want Vick. Vick is still an incredible athlete and he’s going to be going up against the second and third team while 100% healthy.

  17. ravenswhat says: Aug 8, 2014 5:54 PM

    lol Rex nice try. Not even one great QB if you could mash them together.

  18. tooz72 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:56 PM

    you will never ever win with either

  19. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 8, 2014 5:57 PM

    LOL! Go Steelers!

  20. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 8, 2014 6:00 PM

    Well, if Rexy is happy, then jet fans are happy, and if jet fans happy then the US sales of anti depressants cut in half…until halfway thru October.

    How is it, that each year…all the jet big talk gets swept under the rug??

    Enjoy your 45th anniversary jet fans.

  21. rogerpredactor says: Aug 8, 2014 6:02 PM

    And this is what Vick does….
    His escapability and quick feet are very tempting to every coach. Eventually that coach is run out of town.
    I like Mike Vick but his dynamic play often hides his faults. During last night’s pre-season game he was hesitant to rifle the ball into the end zone, choosing to run or hand off to RB.

    Vick can give you an 8-8 team, but you will never get to the playoffs.

  22. iamkillerfin says: Aug 8, 2014 6:03 PM

    A has been & a never will be they junk jets still suck & BARELY beat an injured team!!! GO FINS

  23. zam0854 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:06 PM

    It has come apparent that the word “excellent” is misunderstood by RRyan

  24. taylorgangtrippymane says: Aug 8, 2014 6:10 PM

    Today is the day where excellent means bad. So he has two bad QBs

  25. 2difshoe says: Aug 8, 2014 6:12 PM

    Even these 2 halves don’t make a whole QB !

    Gonna be a looooong season for the Jets !

  26. ariani1985 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:14 PM

    April fools!

  27. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 8, 2014 6:14 PM

    So then, what’s going to be your excuse this year?

  28. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 8, 2014 6:17 PM

    A lot of people hate on this team.

    “Very good”, I don’t know about that. Better than the McElroy/Sanchez/Tebow combination they had a few years ago? No doubt. They still won 6 games with those three stooges at the QB position. Vick is still very decent as a backup and Geno Smith finished his first year.

  29. jetsclaps says: Aug 8, 2014 6:18 PM

    No reason to put Vick in as a change of pace back. They’re not going to do it, give the “story” a rest. Geno is pretty fast himself, it would make zero sense.

  30. bubbybrisket says: Aug 8, 2014 6:19 PM

    Rex has been playing Madden too much…

  31. bleedrangerblue says: Aug 8, 2014 6:20 PM

    Vick will eventually get hurt. Gino I hope makes better decisions with the ball. Go JETS!!!!

  32. mazenblue says: Aug 8, 2014 6:21 PM

    Oh really?

  33. sterling7 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:24 PM

    What bet Rex Ryan is GONE at the end of the year!

  34. shootscuz says: Aug 8, 2014 6:24 PM

    Rex I can no longer trust anything you say about QBs.

  35. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 8, 2014 6:29 PM

    When you have two quarterbacks, you have none.

  36. valentino8100 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:31 PM

    Neither is excellent, but Vick is the better QB, except perhaps within the mind of the guy who drafted Geno Smith.

  37. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    Matt Simms actually looked pretty good last night, good enough to keep Boyd on the bench.

  38. jayniner says: Aug 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    You keep telling yourself that Rex….

  39. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 8, 2014 6:35 PM

    They are two excellent QB’s. Can’t wait for the season. Should be in the Super Bowl easy!

    #JETSdynasty #NamathLEGEND #RexHOF #BillsWillAlwaysMove #19-0 #1969&2015&2016&2017 #NoCamerasNeeded

  40. firerogergoodellnow says: Aug 8, 2014 6:41 PM

    “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.”

  41. zuzus petals says: Aug 8, 2014 6:46 PM

    I thought the team that had two QB’s had NO QB’s….?

  42. j0esixpack says: Aug 8, 2014 6:46 PM

    Damn – this is the second time when a Rex Ryan quote made me laugh so hard a beverage came out my nose.

    the first time was hot coffee – this time I wasted a gulp of beer (and carbonation in the nose is not pleasant)

    Thanks a lot Rex

  43. catquick says: Aug 8, 2014 6:46 PM

    Kinda stretching the meaning of the word “excellent”

  44. mcfleezy12 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:47 PM

    i hope they’re terrible

  45. bigdaddystyle says: Aug 8, 2014 6:51 PM

    Vick is 60-51 all time in QB starts. 55% winning Pct. I’d call that slightly above average. Which translates to “Excellent” in Rex Ryan speak.

  46. aceakking says: Aug 8, 2014 6:52 PM

    Dogs would prefer Geno over Vick please.

  47. bigblu73 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:53 PM

    patriotsarespygaters says:
    Aug 8, 2014 5:39 PM
    …..But But Rex They are the best QBs in the league by far in fact the Jets are the best team in the history of the league…..its funny at the overreaction to preseason it happens every year….the redskins were 4-0 last preseason

    Do you think Rex was excited by the W or by the performances he witnessed? Just think a little before you hit enter!

    Everyone knows that pre-season records are meaningless but, how teams PERFORM are very indicative of whats to come!

    And yes, teams like the Colts have went 0-4 in the pre-season only to go on and win the Superbowl.

    While other teams like the Lions have gone 4-0 in the pre-season only to go 0-16 during the regular season.

    BTW Cue the “if you have 2 QB’s you don’t have 1 ” comments!!LOL


  48. packmanfan says: Aug 8, 2014 7:03 PM

    I can no longer like the Jets since they hired a dog murderer.

  49. ausernamethatisavailable says: Aug 8, 2014 7:08 PM

    A smart man once said that when you have two quarterbacks then in reality you have zero.

  50. simplegodfather says: Aug 8, 2014 7:09 PM

    Well, you can’t go wrong when you have good 2 QBs… Geno looks good and hopefully he get better as week pass by. Decker looks good and hopefully he will do bigger impact for Jets WR that they need..

  51. alan226 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:13 PM

    Yup, Rex will win the preseason Superbowl for 5 years in a row. Unfortunately, he will poop the bed in the regular season….

  52. micknangold says: Aug 8, 2014 7:13 PM

    kd75 says:
    Aug 8, 2014 5:37 PM
    What game was Rex watching?

    I highly doubt you were watching. Both played well.

  53. jukeboxhero101 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:14 PM

    it seems like the jets are the best at everything. right REX.

  54. kwjsb says: Aug 8, 2014 7:26 PM

    He was peeking at their feet.

  55. coloneldukelacross says: Aug 8, 2014 7:30 PM

    Ah, the Ryan family…raising expectations and then disappointing fans for over 30 years.

  56. wryly1 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:30 PM

    Blah, blah, blah. Two years ago he was calling Mark Sanchez excellent and his long term QB .

  57. sclazo says: Aug 8, 2014 7:35 PM

    Man this guy is a comedian!

  58. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 8, 2014 7:39 PM

    If they are two excellent quarterbacks I’d hate. See what two terrible ones look like

  59. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 8, 2014 7:43 PM

    To see*

  60. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:51 PM

    Just like Sanchez would be around as long as you were there?

  61. lemmetalkwouldya says: Aug 8, 2014 8:15 PM

    So is he guaranteeing another Super Bowl, then????

  62. whatjusthapped says: Aug 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    I bet that makes Rex’s wife nervous to hear that. She already gave up valuable real estate on her arm for a tat of Sanchez, where is she going to put the other 2 Qb’s?

    Truth is, neither is worth a plugged nickel and the Jets will be lucky to finish 8-8

  63. pats777 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:37 PM

    Rex debuts the Triple H backfield formation. Vick, Smith, Johnson, Ivory and Powell all fight for the shotgun snap WWE style.

  64. fordmandalay says: Aug 8, 2014 9:02 PM

    I would argue that if you could combine the two, you’d have one good QB. And the only thing Geno would bring to the mix is youth.

  65. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:45 PM

    The jets are like the vikings: they think quantity beats quality at the quarterback division, which is why both teams are such jokes.

  66. nyneal says: Aug 8, 2014 11:05 PM

    Who believes anything Rex Ryan says?
    If you listen to him, he’s Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Tom Landry, Don Shula and Bill Walsh all rolled into one — only better!.
    And every player on his roster is a Hall Of Fame player.
    The guy is so in control, he had to get a lap band to stop from eating himself to death.
    I give him credit for making that decision and am happy he’ll probably live longer for having done it, but it doesn’t change the fact that he is one of the biggest windbags ever in the NFL.
    So, enjoy your two great QB’s Rex. And I’ll enjoy watching you throw your headset down each time they throw another interception.

  67. realmenwearstripes says: Aug 8, 2014 11:25 PM

    How will NFL defenses ever cope with the two-QB set? lmao

  68. billswillnevermove says: Aug 9, 2014 12:02 AM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says:
    Aug 8, 2014 6:35 PM
    They are two excellent QB’s. Can’t wait for the season. Should be in the Super Bowl easy!

    #JETSdynasty #NamathLEGEND #RexHOF #BillsWillAlwaysMove #19-0 #1969&2015&2016&2017 #NoCamerasNeeded
    You need serious help………The Jets are the worst franchise in professional sports.

  69. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 9, 2014 6:18 AM

    jetsbandwagon and buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons are just two more accounts (for the Jets) created by the pft troll, the same guy who made logicalvoicesays, thepftpoet, filthymcnasty, benrothlesberger7, ravens2xworldchamps, the other Viking troll accounts, and much much more!

  70. irishlad19 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:36 AM

    With two NFL quality QBs all the Jets need now is a HC with a clue about how to run an offense!

  71. fiverings37 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:01 AM

    as far as he knows.

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