Rex Ryan won’t say if Geno Smith is long-term starter


The Jets named Geno Smith their starting quarterback for the season opener on Wednesday morning, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to stop having weekly discussions about who will start the next game.

Coach Rex Ryan was asked Wednesday afternoon if Smith was going to be the long-term starter or if the team would be revisiting the decision each week of the season and Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that Ryan wouldn’t say one way or the other how the Jets are planning to proceed. Ryan said the team’s only focus is on this week’s game against the Buccaneers and that the team isn’t thinking about anything beyond that.

Most would argue that quarterback is the kind of position where you like to do some long-range planning, but the Jets clearly beat to their own drum when it comes to the way they handle things under center. That doesn’t make it any easier to understand why they wouldn’t just say that Smith is the starter and it is his job to run with until Mark Sanchez is healthy or Smith plays his way out of it, if only to stop the daily tragicomedies at the podium by Ryan, but you wouldn’t expect anything else at this point.

Since we mentioned Sanchez, Ryan confirmed that he won’t play on Sunday but said that injured reserve is not a consideration right now. Matt Simms will back up Smith.

28 responses to “Rex Ryan won’t say if Geno Smith is long-term starter

  1. This is really a non-issue; who wants to tip the other side to how badly Sanchez is injured? I don’t have any problem with Rex not saying more beyond the current week. The NY press just likes to goad him because he does such stupid antics when they do.

  2. I have to say that I back Ryan on this choice. You don’t want to stand up in front of the media and declare Smith the starter for the season to have him stink coming out of the gate. He hasn’t seen a full speed NFL defense in a game that actually matters, so it could be a little early to put all of your eggs in that basket.

    For reasons that are beyond me Ryan seems like he wants to keep his ship hitched to Sanchez, so the only way it looks like Smith takes the job for keeps is if he lights the world on fire.

  3. jets will likely fight it out with the raiders and a few others teams for worst in the league this year.

    unless someone does something stupid on the team(they will) or the jets start to win this year(they won’t) its best to just start covering other teams that actually matter this season. Heck, you have a team even in New York who gets about 1/5th the coverage yet has so much more of a chance at success this year.

  4. Rex has to wait till the game is over and the dust clears so that he can watch him some tape of Geno, see how he did and then determine if he’ll play next week.

  5. Why should he? Last year’s starter is hurt, Simms has only played against 3rd stringers and Quinn is a month away, minimum from learning the offense.
    Geno may surprise, give him a chance.

  6. 69finfan says:Sep 4, 2013 3:35 PM

    Rex has to wait till the game is over and the dust clears so that he can watch him some tape of Geno, see how he did and then determine if he’ll play next week.

    At least it won’t be a 13 year wait.
    (The last Dolphin playoff victory.)

  7. vaster says:
    Sep 4, 2013 3:51 PM

    Meanwhile Tom Coughlin hasn’t been toasted for the most pathetic preseason ever.
    Not real sure, but that COULD be that no one really cares about the preseason. Well, except for Rex Ryan and the j-j-j-j-j-jests.

    The only explanation for putting your potential starting QB in behind 3rd-4th string scrubs is to win a meaningless game.

  8. lrjets says: Sep 4, 2013 4:07 PM
    At least it won’t be a 13 year wait.
    (The last Dolphin playoff victory.)

    I’d rather have the Dolphins storied franchise history than 2 losses recently. Dude, 1968 was a long time ago and the jests haven’t sniffed the Super Bowl since we walked on the moon.

    Hope you have a good memory as things have gone down the tubes in NJ.

  9. Okay then, I’ll say it for Rex.

    Geno Smith will not be a long-term starter. Not for the Jets or for any other team….because Geno Smith is a bum.

  10. If smith bombs and the Jets look incapable of winning with him under center, then the reins will go back to Sanchez. If however he looks good to great…
    Ryan will walk away, no run away from Sanchez without a tear. As any Coach would know in his situation, this season is do or die for him.
    If he does get let go, expect him to try and stay as a Head Coach rather than step down to a Defensive Coordinator job. I can’t see him giving in that easy, at least not right away.

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