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Rex Ryan: We can win with Vick, but Geno is the starter

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Jets coach Rex Ryan made official after Friday night’s preseason game what has been expected all along: Geno Smith will open the regular-season as the starting quarterback.

Ryan said that the Jets have been pleased with Michael Vick, but Smith has earned the starting job.

“He’ll be our starter,” Ryan said of Smith. “He’s done everything that we’ve asked him. This is no slight to Mike Vick because, believe me, I wanted to come out of this with two really good quarterbacks that we think we can win games with, and in my heart, I feel that we have two that we can win with. I’m really happy with the way Mike played as well, but we’re going to go with Geno. I feel very comfortable with that.”

Ryan was asked if Smith is “a week-to-week starter,” and he didn’t seem to like that question.

“Oh man. It’s week-to-week. We don’t name starters all the dang time. We don’t have to do the song-and-dance,” Ryan said. “We’re happy with both the quarterbacks, period. We think we can win with both quarterbacks. Just refer to any other coach who has a similar situation and what he would say. I know we have two really good quarterbacks. A lot of things happen. That’s why I never wanted to do this. Last year, we thought the competition was still wide open, but Geno had three interceptions in one game. It wasn’t great. You leave it there and let guys compete. The thing that I love about what Mike and Geno are doing is that they push each other. They support each other more than anybody. It’s a great situation to have and one that I feel blessed to have. We have two outstanding quarterbacks.”

Now Smith has to play like an outstanding quarterback when the season starts, so Ryan can stop getting questions about Vick.

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54 Responses to “Rex Ryan: We can win with Vick, but Geno is the starter”
  1. greymares says: Aug 23, 2014 7:19 AM

    If there is a mistake to be made, you can count on the Jets to make it.

  2. chut26 says: Aug 23, 2014 7:20 AM

    Vick’s recent history says otherwise. Same for Geno!

  3. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 23, 2014 7:27 AM

    Vick will be starting by week 4 as we’ve all seen this before.

  4. 700levelvet says: Aug 23, 2014 7:39 AM

    Being a Jets fan has to be brutal…

  5. jetfanfolife says: Aug 23, 2014 7:48 AM

    Vick probably isn’t complaining. He’s a BUM for sure.

  6. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 23, 2014 7:57 AM

    Does not matter….jets are the jets.

    Now that the season is about to start, we are ALL just a few weeks away from all the talk about a Super Bowl, unless it’s a game vs. NE.

    2 division titles in 45 years, nothing else. With THAT secondary, playing the passers they play…5 wins max.

  7. jetsareajoke says: Aug 23, 2014 7:58 AM

    Rex Ryan: Always good for a laugh. What is it they say? If you have two “great” quarterbacks, you really don’t even have one good QB?

  8. billswillnevermove says: Aug 23, 2014 8:00 AM

    You won’t win with either.

  9. jetsclaps says: Aug 23, 2014 8:07 AM

    Geno has certainly looked the part in the preseason (which this article curiously leacesw out).

  10. jimbo75025 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:08 AM

    allhailkingflacco says: Aug 23, 2014 7:27 AM

    Vick will be starting by week 4 as we’ve all seen this before.
    ——–
    Or sooner. The seat of Rex is not all that cool. If Geno turns in a stinker or two, a change will be made.

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:09 AM

    We also could have won with Tim Tebow, except that we didn’t.

  12. gammynomnom says: Aug 23, 2014 8:21 AM

    Please start Vick. Vick with free time on his hands is not a good thing.

  13. ejm845 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:22 AM

    Vick will b starter when it’s to late to save the season,entire staff will b fired,Rex will never get a job coaching at any level ever again,jet will finish just above bills in AFC east because bills have the only QB worse then geno

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 23, 2014 8:36 AM

    Sounds like they are a playoff team then, what a good problem to have.

  15. waldoampere says: Aug 23, 2014 8:39 AM

    Maybe it doesn’t carry over into the regular season but Geno played very well this pre-season and clearly was better than Vick. This was an easy decision for Rex based on performance.

  16. 1logicalvoicesays says: Aug 23, 2014 8:41 AM

    Vick isn’t there to be a backup. If he was content being a backup why would he leave Philly? It was widely publicized that the Eagles would keep him in a backup roll. So the question is, why would he leave a much much much better team in Philly for the same “backup” roll with the NYJ? Because he plans to be the starter……
    Keep saying the right things Vick.

  17. qdog112 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:44 AM

    The Jets QB and RB situation is in good hands. Their main problem is that they spent money on a WR3, they’re trying to make WR1, in Decker.

    That will hurt them. He can’t separate and does not draw a double team, anywhere on the field. Geno has never been as bad as the pundits want him to be.

    The contrast between Geno and Eli, is alarming, but you didn’t hear it from me.

  18. hehateme2 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:53 AM

    Buffoon. 4-12.

  19. norseyapper says: Aug 23, 2014 8:57 AM

    Rex Ryan: “I am such a great coach that my team will dominate even if I start 22 Muppet Babies. But I will start Geno just to make the other team feel less embarrassed.”

  20. drewzducks says: Aug 23, 2014 9:05 AM

    It’s really a no win situation for Rex and the Jets. Just like every other season.

  21. jetsfaninindy says: Aug 23, 2014 9:06 AM

    If the Jets want to win, Vick will be playing. Regardless, CJ2K looks great. He, and Chris Ivory are driving this offense. The Jets need to run to win.

  22. jes0458 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:09 AM

    The QB with the strongest and most accurate arm on the Jets is……..MATT SIMMS!

    I just its not too late when everyone else figures it out.

  23. floratiotime says: Aug 23, 2014 9:10 AM

    Whatever. They lost their Superbowl last night. The season is trashed.

  24. jes0458 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:10 AM

    Also Simms has the highest QB IQ and swag.

  25. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:15 AM

    Time for Rex to exit stage left, his brand of coaching just doesn’t cut it! He is better off coaching just a D.

    I actually feel sorry for Jets fans, from the ownership down no class and a mess.

  26. thejuddstir says: Aug 23, 2014 9:15 AM

    The two biggest mysteries in the NFL: Jerrah Jones as a GM and “coach”, and Rex Ryan being a head coach? Just like Norv Turner, who is not head coaching material but an excellent OC, Ryan is an excellent DC but certainly not headcoaching material. ………but then Woody Johnson and Jerrah are both pathetic owners so I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising.

  27. dynaco says: Aug 23, 2014 9:25 AM

    Rex is the dad driving the car.
    The guy with the microphone is the little kid in the back seat that keeps asking …Are we there yet?

  28. bullcharger says: Aug 23, 2014 9:30 AM

    What is Rex even talking about.

    Just say Vick is the back up QB. Don’t say you can win games with both QBs and then get mad when reporters ask you questions about the starter.

    Why say things that can only hurt you.

    He is his own worst enemy.

  29. richieranger says: Aug 23, 2014 9:32 AM

    Aren’t we here to win….

  30. sumkat says: Aug 23, 2014 9:48 AM

    The thing that I love about what Mike and Geno are doing is that they push each other. They support each other more than anybody. It’s a great situation to have and one that I feel blessed to have. We have two outstanding quarterbacks

    I guess Rex missed the part where Vick already flat out said there was no open competition , and he was told from day 1 that Smith would be the starter

  31. kgun80 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:06 AM

    Haha Jets fans keep saying Geno is better then EJ.. EJ 10 games 11tds 9 picks. Geno 16 games 12tds 21picks. EJ has way better weapons a way better Offensive line and better RBs. The Jets are a mess besides the defensive line and 2 good LBs. Can’t wait for the season to start.

  32. orivar says: Aug 23, 2014 10:30 AM

    Rex is a little TOO loyal & stubborn. I like the guy but damn he can really shoot himself in the foot.

  33. gfan8611 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:32 AM

    They aren’t going to the Super Bowl anytime soon, but Geno Smith out played two time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning last night who only looked good when the Jets stopped rushing more than three guys during the two minutes at the end of the half.

  34. pisano says: Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM

    Geno has come a long way since last year. I didn’t think he would progress this quickly, but he looks like a different guy in there. That isn’t a bad one two punch with Geno and Vick.

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM

    Jets and Bills will battle it out for the AFCE cellar.

  36. gizzmonic says: Aug 23, 2014 10:39 AM

    Thank the lord we have Buffalo and Miami twice

  37. bostonbadass says: Aug 23, 2014 10:43 AM

    Rex would actually get somewhere if he’d let go of control of the offence & Handle the defence ONLY !!!!

    Like it or not but rex always puts a D on the field that gives other teams problems every sunday & that’s a fact coming from a patriots fan.

  38. brutus9448 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:45 AM

    when you have 2 QBs you have none.

  39. tigershark0052 says: Aug 23, 2014 11:01 AM

    Rex’s act is older than the crust on his underwear.

  40. vikesr4reel says: Aug 23, 2014 11:04 AM

    When you have NO Quarterbacks, you have none!!
    LOL
    SKOL

  41. greymares says: Aug 23, 2014 11:06 AM

    Rex is like Buddy when it comes to offense he doesn’t know if the football is blown up or stuffed.

  42. grandmachine says: Aug 23, 2014 11:11 AM

    It’s Sanchez/Tebow all over again.

  43. kgun80 says: Aug 23, 2014 11:12 AM

    Out playing Eli isn’t like out playing Peyton not to mention the Giants D is not what they once were. Geno didn’t look bad. Jets fans again keep saying your glad you play the Phins and Bills twice the Phins are better and the Bills slapped the Jets around in the second game.. So keep thinking they are easy wins. The fans are just as smug as the team and coaches that’s why everyone loves watching them fail.

  44. 1nyj says: Aug 23, 2014 11:39 AM

    kgun80 says:Aug 23, 2014 10:06 AM

    Haha Jets fans keep saying Geno is better then EJ.. EJ 10 games 11tds 9 picks. Geno 16 games 12tds 21picks. EJ has way better weapons a way better Offensive line and better RBs. The Jets are a mess besides the defensive line and 2 good LBs. Can’t wait for the season to start.

    I’m sorry pal, but EJ Manuel still looks lost out there. Geno played great last night. The jury’s still out on both but right now Geno looks like an NFL QB and Manuel looks like another Bills first round bust.

  45. kgun80 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:00 PM

    EJ looked like a bust when he lot up the Jets last year too right?

  46. justafan2014 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:02 PM

    Denial

  47. kgun80 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:08 PM

    Keep hoping preseason means anything at … Well also what happens when the season starts

  48. ohand16 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:39 PM

    Jets. Super Bowl champs. Lock it up

  49. keepyerstickontheice says: Aug 23, 2014 12:40 PM

    The Jets fan says “Thank the lord we have Buffalo and Miami twice”

    The Bills fan says “Thank the lord we have Miami and the Jets twice”

    The Pats fan says “Thank the lord we have Buffalo, Miami and the Jets twice”

    The Dolphins fan says “Thank the lord we have the Jets”

  50. ohand16 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:15 PM

    CJ1.7k this year. Leads Jets to division title. J-E-T-S

  51. dutchman1989 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:32 PM

    All you Jets fans need to chill. You got a great QB in Geno. Forget about Vick, and make sure your dogs are home safe. You’re all so impatient. You can’t put the Jets’ lack of performance solely on Geno. The team threw him under the bus — a baptism by fire putting him into the lineup as a starter his first year! With the exception of some prolific QBs in NFL history these college QBs need some latitude (time) to make the switch to the NFL. As a fan of Geno when playing for WVU I know of his potential in the NFL based on what he accomplished in the NCAA. If the Jets O-line can give him protection and his receivers can catch something other than a cold, Geno will surprise you all this year.

  52. dlk47823 says: Aug 23, 2014 5:06 PM

    Geno was throwing laser Td’s to Amaro and Decker last night……With the power running game, The Jets will contend.

  53. patsfan112 says: Aug 23, 2014 5:08 PM

    Somewhere out there in Gillette Stadium Brady is leading a team chant: “Division champs 2014! Division champs 2014!”

  54. fansrus says: Aug 24, 2014 11:21 PM

    Used to be a Jets fan.never again. Never, ever have ever rooted for a player in any sport to get injured and taken off the field never to return to the playing field. Until now. Any other dog people pit there? For that matter, what do dog people in the locker room really think of this creature?

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