In the wake of his demotion Monday, Geno Smith said he "without a doubt" can be a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
But the Jets' front office doesn't seem to be as confident.
Asked during a sit-down with SNY on Monday if he believes he has a franchise QB on his roster, general manager John Idzik said: "Don't know that. Don't know that. That's still to be determined.
"You don't want to try to answer that question too prematurely, especially when you're dealing with a younger quarterback in Geno," Idzik said of Smith, whom the organization drafted 39th overall in 2013 and tabbed as its starter the past two seasons.
Smith, who threw three first-quarter interceptions in Sunday's 43-23 loss to Buffalo, has a 9-15 record as a starter. On Monday, he was told by coach Rex Ryan that Michael Vick will be starting this week's game in Kansas City.
Hours before Ryan announced the quarterback switch, Idzik met with the media in a lengthy midseason news conference. In a 38-minute session that included a 19-minute opening soliloquy, Idzik provided few concrete details about Smith's future with the organization.
In the SNY interview, which aired Tuesday night, Idzik said "there are going to be rough times" with young quarterbacks. He added: "We will continue with the development curve and we will continue searching. We'll continue to try to enhance that position in any way we can."
No big moves were made by the Jets at Tuesday's trade deadline. The team announced linebacker A.J. Edds was released to make room for practice-squad cornerback Marcus Williams on the active roster.