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Rex Ryan red pencils color-code idea

The Tennessee Titans' Karl Klug strips the ball

The Tennessee Titans' Karl Klug strips the ball loose from Geno Smith during a game at LP Field. (Sept. 29, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

The Jets’ turnover problem has become more than coach Rex Ryan can bear. He suggested in his Wednesday media briefing that his team surely must lead the NFL in turnovers and was surprised to hear Pittsburgh had more.

After watching four turnovers by rookie quarterback Geno Smith turn into four Tennessee touchdowns last week, Ryan admitted he’s thinking of recycling the old “red light-green light system” he once used when Mark Sanchez was a rookie. But by the time he went on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio later in the afternoon, the Jets' coach had second thoughts. No sense in drawing a parallel to Sanchez's "remedial" learning system even if it ended with the Jets in the AFC title game in 2009.

Asked about reports of a return to the color-code warning system, Ryan said he's not going to do it. As for Smith, when he met with reporters in the locker room, he had no idea about a color-code system and said no one had talked to him about it.

Ryan also shot down a USA Today report that Sanchez will have surgery at the end of this month was news to him. "We spoke with Mark," Ryan said. "All indications to us is he's going to continue rehab. Matter of fact, he was here today rehabbing."
 

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