How will Buccaneers treat Geno Smith?

Jets quarterback Geno Smith #7 looks to pass

Jets quarterback Geno Smith #7 looks to pass against the Giants during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 24, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - There's two schools of thought when facing a rookie quarterback.

"One is, 'Let's go blitz him,' " Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Thursday. "The other philosophy is: 'He can't beat us, so we're going to play it soft and he's not going to be able to move it down the field as consistently as a man with experience.' "

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The key to overcoming inexperience at the quarterback position is simple, Mornhinweg said: "The rest of the players jacking it up a notch."

Rex Ryan insisted the Jets won't scale back their play-calling because of Geno Smith, adding: "This is his offense now." But Mornhinweg said he "may cross out a whole host of things" in the game plan as late as Friday or Saturday "depending on our conversations, what the film looks like, how [Friday's] practice looks and those sort of things."

Mornhinweg said the Jets have had to keep "a really close eye" on the players as they adjust to the West Coast offense. "First game, new system, rookie quarterback, several other players who haven't gotten much practice time and still are somewhat limited," Mornhinweg said, detailing the many factors at play. "So we've kept a close eye on that."

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