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New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
Rex Ryan confirmed the obvious Monday: Rookie Geno Smith will start Thursday night’s game against the Patriots.
Despite an uneven performance in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Bucs, the rookie quarterback impressed with his poise and his field vision. But truth be told, the Jets have no other choice but to start Smith.
Mark Sanchez – their fifth-year quarterback who competed...Read more »
Joe Namath sounded off on the Jets' decision to insert Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's MetLife Bowl against the Giants.
"You do not put your quarterback in there in that situation, not the guy that is probably going to be your starter behind a makeshift offensive line in a preseason game," the Jets Hall of Famer said Tuesday during an interview on "The...Read more »
Grades just aren't Geno Smith's thing.
And in his case, that’s a good thing.
The Jets quarterback looked every bit the rookie on Saturday night, throwing three picks against the Giants in a 24-21 overtime victory MetLife Bowl.
With the coaching staff desperate to see a quarterback “elevate” himself in this highly-contested game, Smith took a step back. He finished the game with...Read more »
Unlike the media and some of their fans, the Jets are in no rush to name a starting quarterback for the season.
After making the announcement Thursday afternoon that Geno Smith will start the third preseason game against the Giants Saturday, quarterbacks coach David Lee and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg both said the competition between the rookie and veteran Mark Sanchez could last until the fourth preseason game.
“Let’s go to the Philly game,” Lee said, referring to their final contest on Aug. 29.
“There’s no hurry,” he said, before adding with a smile, “There is to y'all, obviously.”
Mornhinweg admitted he would have preferred for the competition to be over by now, but the coaching staff simply doesn’t have enough film yet of Smith to make an accurate call.
“Look it, I would have rather had it done quite a bit earlier,” the offensive coordinator said. “But the competition continues.”
Sanchez -- who was “a little bit ahead of the game,” according to Mornhinweg -- dipped early in camp, while Smith dipped later on.
Each quarterback has his own set of strengths, the offensive coordinator said. Mornhinweg highlighted Sanchez's two AFC title-game appearances, though he added the fifth-year signal-caller has had “a couple of struggles of late.”
But he quickly added Sanchez has had a “terrific training camp.”
Smith, on the other hand, is “highly talented,” “sharp,” a “diligent worker” and “athletic,” according to the offensive coordinator.
“He simply lacks experience,” said Mornhinweg.
Lee admitted his own personal QB meter fluctuates on a given day, depending on how each guy performs in practice. One day, he thinks Sanchez will win the starting job, but at other times, he said, it looks as if Smith will come out on top.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he meets after every game with general manager John Idzik, coaches, team scouts and other personnel executives to discuss the entire roster. Ryan also talks “informally” to Idzik and Mornhinweg on a daily basis.
And their quarterback situation often is a topic of conversation.
While the coaching staff is hoping either Smith or Sanchez “elevates” himself in the coming days and weeks, Mornhinweg said the team has discussed the possibility that neither of them does. In that case, he said, they’ll rely on their instincts to make the final call.
The Old Rex never would have taken back his words – especially about his beloved defense.
But the Jets coach quickly retreated from his Tuesday comments, in which he predicted the unit will be Top 5 in the NFL by season end.
“See I think I’m wrong by saying that,” Ryan said Wednesday, when asked to predict the course of his offense. “I shouldn’t say that because I am out of the prediction...Read more »
Rex Ryan still isn't comfortable saying Joe McKnight's recent head injury was a concussion. Even though Joe McKnight admitted as much.
The Jets running back/kick returner told the Associated Press Tuesday that he was suffering from a migraine the day he was carted off from practice after he collapsed during practice during individual drills.
“People don’t know that I deal with...Read more »
Rex Ryan may not be ready to name a starter for Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants – but Mark Sanchez is resigned to the fact that it won’t be him.
“I’m assuming (Geno Smith will start),” the fifth-year quarterback said. “I don’t know. But they haven’t said, so....”
This week, the Jets strayed from their usual every-two-day quarterback rotation, with Smith practicing with the...Read more »
Stephen Hill said he didn’t even notice the commotion behind him. All he was focused on was the next play – and the immediate pain.
The second-year receiver was the recipient of a crushing blow from cornerback Antonio Cromartie during Wednesday's two-minute drill period – a hit so forceful, it knocked Hill on his back instantly.
After rookie quarterback Geno Smith completed a pass to...Read more »
By the time the Jets hit the practice field Tuesday, the Eagles and Browns had already come to a decision on their respective quarterback competitions.
The Jets, however, won’t even say publicly whether Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez will start against the Giants Saturday night – let alone Week 1 of the regular season. But even though their quarterback competition will run into next week, Rex...Read more »
This time, Rex Ryan was careful not to boast or be brash.
But when asked the question, he told the truth. As he sees it.
Ryan may not have Darrelle Revis anymore -- or six other defensive starters from a year ago. But the Jets coach nevertheless is certain that the unit will be top five in the NFL by the end of the season.
“We will be,” said the ever-confident coach, before giving...Read more »