At a time when it seems as if persons other than Jets coach Rex Ryan are responsible for quarterback Geno Smith remaining the starter, Ryan remains the guy who’ll ultimately be responsible for the performance of the team, regardless of who the quarterback is.
Johnson explained during a press conference with reporters that Ryan’s status will be determined after the current season. But Johnson hinted that Rex’s future doesn’t hinge on a playoff berth.
“We don’t look at it that way,” Johnson said regarding a playoff-or-bust mandate, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “We’re looking to build a team both on the field and through our coaches that we feel is the best we can get. And so we make those decisions at the end of the season, when we evaluate everything.”
Asked whether Rex could return even if the streak of non-playoff appearances runs to four, Johnson reiterated that those decisions will be made at the appropriate time.
“Those are the kinds of decisions that we make at the end of the season,” Johnson said. “And we’ll evaluate everybody and see what the best plan is going forward.”
As to Smith, Johnson’s evaluation is strong.
“I have a lot of confidence in Geno,” Johnson said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “I think Geno can be a franchise quarterback.”
The one caveat? Johnson believes Smith’s use of an “F” bomb — twice — toward the stands on Sunday was “unacceptable.” The league likely agrees, via the fine letter that undoubtedly was sent to Smith this week.