Rex Ryan needs to watch tape before deciding on starting quarterback


Geno Smith never got pulled during Sunday’s 19-3 loss to the Ravens, but he may have played poorly enough to get himself pulled for next week’s game against the Dolphins.

During his press conference on Sunday afternoon, Jets coach Rex Ryan wouldn’t name Smith his starter for the matchup with Miami. Ryan said Smith has “had better days” and that he needed to watch tape of the game before making his decision about the starter for a game that will loom large for both 5-6 teams as they try to stay in the race for the second Wild Card in the AFC.

Smith was 9-of-22 for 127 yards and two interceptions on Sunday, continuing a six-game string that has seen him throw one touchdown and 10 interceptions. There’s very little help around him on offense, which means the Jets haven’t had much choice but to lean on Smith when they fall behind in games. It’s been too much for the rookie to handle, although he left no doubt about his confidence in his ability to do it in his post-game comments.

Ryan had a very slow trigger finger when it came to making a move with Mark Sanchez last season, but his job is a bit more reliant on how things turn out this season than they were in 2012. The other options — Matt Simms and David Garrard — aren’t particularly attractive, but neither is the prospect of throwing Smith out there again next week.

46 responses to “Rex Ryan needs to watch tape before deciding on starting quarterback

  1. There were a lot of occasions where balls were knocked away by Ravens CB’s so it wasn’t all Geno’s fault, but he was really really bad.

  2. At the beginning of the season….a Rex who was scared of getting fired bought into the fans hatred of Sanchez and started the over-hyped Austin/Stedman rookie product.

    I bet Mark Sanchez is laughing his butt off.

  3. Ah, there’s no need to watch tape. Im sure he’ll just play Skee-Ball instead. And, why does the NFL even consider expanding the playoffs? There’s a helluva good chance a .500 team will make it THIS year.

  4. We all know why Wrecks is sticking by Geno…

    … he only JUST got the #6 on his tattoo changed to #7

    Now he’s going to have to change it to #5????

    That’s GOTTA hurt!!

  5. Look, he’s just not a good QB. Can we stop all of this 2nd and 3rd guessing on the guy? You can tell when a young QB is making bad rookie mistakes or just plain bad mistakes because they’re not good enough to be a starting qb in the NFL. Geno is making bad mistakes and is not a starting qb in this league.

  6. Until people admit that not everyone is gonna be Cam, Russel, Andrew etc, rookie QBs are gonna come and go and a lot of NFL careers are never gonna take off. You cant keep thrusting rookie QBs into a starting role and wondering why they dont Put up 3k yards and 27 TDs.

  7. A lot of Geno’s problem is he locks on to a receiver and stays locked on him, so the Dbacks know where the balls going, and it gets picked. Dan Dierdorf pointed that out today. He was saying Rex should have pulled Geno at the start of the 4th qtr.

  8. Could it really be ? Could Smith be so bad that by the end of the season we’ll hear chants of Sanchez by the Jets fans when Smith is out on the field ?


  9. Never understood why people liked Geno so much. He’s no franchise QB and never will be. I guess anyone that supports him is ok with a mediocre QB. Jet fans should not settle for this nonsense. last year Luck, RG3, and Wilson separated themselves on teams that were in preseason suppose to be just as bad or worse than the Jets this season.

  10. Well given what a horribly called game plan and lousy executed offensive that was someone needs to be watching tape.

    Although I can’t put this all on Geno, we have to have a QB in there that can do more with less.

    It will be interesting to see if Ryan has learned from his Sanchize mistakes because now is the time of the season to make a change. Let Matt Simms have a go at it….

  11. Locking on to a target is great if your shooting missiles lol. This kid looks scared at times. Maybe he shouldn’t have fired his agent after all as he done good getting him drafted as early as he did. As soon as I heard that I knew the kid had no class. But he has been thrown into the deep end without the skill set needed at this level. Last season was a one in twenty year QB draft class some of those rooks had good if not under-performing pieces around them as we’ll .

  12. From a Jets fan’s perspective…

    Geno’s only wide receiver that can consistently gain separation is Kerley, and he is injured and hasn’t played the past two weeks.

    Marty hasn’t thrown the ball on first down in weeks, and constantly puts Geno in 3rd and 6+.

    The offensive line has been terrible, and can not block 6+ rushers on every third down, while the defense prevents any short throws. Geno does not have enough time to even throw a long pass.

    He has been setup for failure.

  13. I guess the fact the Geno’s pre-draft stock dropped faster than a bucket of lead through a pile of feathers had something to do with the obvious fact that the people in the know understood one simple truth…he ain’t no NFL quarterback.

  14. “Why are they expecting so much from this guy?
    It wasn’t as if he was a first round draft pick.”

    Neither was Matt McGloin. No excuse.

    Hard to magine Garrard or Simms could be much worse than this kid right now.

  15. Rex is in damage control mode. He wants to remain a head coach. The knock on Stephen Hill and Mike Tannenbaum was not random.

  16. “Why are they expecting so much from this guy?
    It wasn’t as if he was a first round draft pick.”

    He was the 39th pick in the draft and originally projected to go in the 1st round.

  17. They really did their best to get the ball out of Geno’s hands with trick plays, direct snaps, and general misdirection, but at some point the Jets just have to accept that you can’t hide your QB.

  18. *sigh* this was why i thought the WORST team for Geno Smith to go to was the New York Jets. i understand Rex is coaching for his job, but flip flopping QBs is never a good thing and one of them being a rookie just makes it worse. the worst thing to do to a rookie is kill his confidence which benching him will highly likely do. i understand Geno has been off, but if you draft a QB, you live and die with his growing pains and i doubt Matt Simms or Garrard will fix this team. Garrard is not what he was and i dont think Simms will do much either. the talk is that the Jets could be in the QB market next year, my question is do they draft ANOTHER QB?? or sign one, if they get a QB next year?

  19. Rex is going to get fired because Geno stinks. I thought Sanchez was bad until I watched Geno Smith pay a few games. He is awful. I think the Jets will need to trade up to get another qb, maybe Boyd.

  20. @jcfinest

    The Jets were ranked #32 in the league in the preseason… I don’t think you can get much worse than that.

    Without that killer D-Line the Jets would easily be #32.

  21. Ryan needs to see the tape before deciding on the QB? Rex, Ray Charles in his present state could call this one !

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