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Posted 25 Nov 2013http://profootballta...ith-geno-smith/
QuoteJets sticking with Geno Smith
Posted by Josh Alper on November 25, 2013, 5:04 PM EST
After they lost 19-3 in Baltimore on Sunday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said he needed to watch film before naming the team’s starting quarterback for Week 13.
Ryan didn’t build much suspense during his Monday meeting with the media before announcing that Geno Smith will remain in the starting job. Ryan never pulled Smith in favor of Matt Simms during the loss to the Ravens, but he’s done it in the fourth quarter of two other blowout losses this season. Smith was 9-of-22 for 127 yards and two interceptions with the bulk of the yards coming when the Jets were already way behind.
Neither that performance nor the four straight games without a touchdown pass dissuaded Ryan from the feeling that Smith is the right man to pilot the offense.
“Right now, I would feel that he gives us the best chance to win,” Ryan said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday.
Simms has two quarters of NFL experience and David Garrard appears to be on the roster as a mentor rather than a viable option to play, which doesn’t leave Ryan with a compelling alternative to Smith. Losing to the Dolphins in Week 13 will leave the Jets with very long odds of making it back into the sixth seed in the AFC that they held going into Baltimore in Week 12. They’ll go down or continue to float with the guy that’s brought them this far.
Posted 24 Nov 2013I'm not even mad about any of this. We knew the team was going to be absolutely terrible, so what's the big shock about dropping 2 games in a row in this fashion? Last I checked Geno was supposed to be awful and wasn't supposed to be any good. The Jets were ranked #32 in the initial power rankings. We're seeing the trickle down effects of how much Mike Tannenbaum really screwed this team over. I don't see why some people are all up in arms wanting the team to clean house, start Simms, fire Idzik and all that dumb shit. To be honest for THIS Jets team who nobody expected anything out of, 5-6 at this point of the season is an accomplishment. I'm going to wait to see what Idzik does in free agency this offseason with a LOT of cap space to work with to help this kid out on offense before I judge Geno's body of work. The jury is still out.
Posted 21 Nov 2013http://sports.yahoo....35998--nfl.html
QuoteWR Hill demoted from Jets' lineup
By The Sports Xchange
5 hours ago
New York Jets second-year wide receiver Stephen Hill has been demoted with reduced playing time this week against the Baltimore Ravens, coach Rex Ryan announced.
Hill had his second consecutive game without a catch in Sunday's blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Hill has played 104 of a possible 121 snaps in the past two weeks.
Ryan acknowledged earlier this week that Hill's playing time could be reduced. Hill was made aware Wednesday that he had lost his starting job to David Nelson.
"I just got note of it today (Wednesday) -- that some would be cut down," Hill said, via the New York Daily News. "Hey, look, I have nothing to feel about it. That's big man's decisions. I just have to do what I do every day, come out here and play hard."
Ryan was critical of Hill on Wednesday.
"I've been disappointed, there's no doubt because we all see the potential that this young man has," Ryan said. "By now I think we're all expecting, Jet fans are all expecting him to take the next step and for whatever reason it (hasn't) been there yet. (It) doesn't mean we're giving up on the young man, but we want to see it."
Posted 21 Nov 2013
QuoteNo one not on the Jets’ payroll expected this year’s team to be where it is a week before Thanksgiving. The thought entering the season was the Jets had as much of a chance of making it to January as 90-degree temperatures.
But a funny thing happened on the way to rebuilding and irrelevancy — the Jets figured out a way to win five games, even if it was not always pretty, and mediocrity found a home in the AFC. All of this has the Jets fighting for the No. 6 seed with six games remaining in the season … and has us wondering “What if?”
You don’t have to be Vince Lombardi to diagnose the two biggest issues on this team — the play of rookie quarterback Geno Smith and a suspect secondary that can’t stop the deep ball.
So what if two players who were key figures on the Jets over coach Rex Ryan’s first four seasons were playing for the team this year? We’re talking about quarterback Mark Sanchez and cornerback Darrelle Revis. How much better would this team be with those two still in the starting lineup?
I suspect it would be significantly better — to the point where we would be talking about whether the Jets could overtake the Patriots and win the division, not just fight for a wild-card spot.
The loss of Revis and Sanchez did not seem like as much of a big deal at the beginning of the year when everyone figured the Jets would be rebuilding. Two rookies replaced them — first-round pick Dee Milliner at cornerback and Smith at quarterback. You figured the Jets would live with the growing pains of the two players on the way to a 4-12 or 5-11 season and then the two would be better down the road because of this experience.
But now we’re talking about a possible playoff berth. Suddenly growing pains have turned into migraines for Jets fans and coaches. It has become evident Smith and Milliner are not ready yet.
Smith has been a turnover machine. The Jets have 21 turnovers as a team — 20 of them from Smith. He has 16 interceptions and four fumbles. Now, I know Sanchez is not the poster boy for ball security. He had 26 turnovers in each of the last two years. But I truly believe Sanchez would have flourished in Marty Mornhinweg’s West Coast offense this season. But Ryan flushed any chance we would have of seeing that when he chased the Snoopy Trophy in August and Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
Would Sanchez have had a four-turnover game as Smith did on Sunday? Probably. But it’s unlikely he already would have two of those this season. He also would have thrown more touchdowns. Smith has just eight. People forget Sanchez had 52 turnovers in 2011 and ’12, but he also had 45 touchdowns over those two seasons.
Even the most ardent Sanchez detractors would have to admit if he was healthy and the backup to Smith right now instead of Matt Simms, you would think he would be a better option than Smith.
As for Revis, this is not about whether he is worth $16 million. It is clear the Jets were not going to pay that. But he was still under contract for this season. The Jets could have held onto him and then picked up a compensatory pick if he left as a free agent this offseason.
At the time of the trade, the 2013 season did not even seem like a consideration. This was about 2014 and beyond. But if the Jets had known they could contend this season, wouldn’t it have been worth considering keeping him?
You can argue the first-round pick the Jets received from Tampa Bay was worth it. The team took defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with that pick, 13th overall, and he is a Rookie of the Year candidate. But I would argue the Jets could have taken Richardson with their own pick, No. 9 overall, instead of Milliner if they still had Revis.
Without Revis, the secondary has given up 10 passes of 40 yards or more, tied for fourth-most in the NFL. Antonio Cromartie’s play has dropped off dramatically from last season. Meanwhile, Revis, while admitting he was not himself early in the year after knee surgery, is rated as the No. 1 cornerback in football by the website Pro Football Focus. Milliner is 94th and Cromartie is 99th .
Ryan sounded like a man without any solutions to his team’s problems on Monday.
“We have to protect the football better, first and foremost on offense and it hasn’t [happened],” Ryan said. “I get it, I know it doesn’t look like that we’re trying that way. We’re trying desperately to see that this happens. We’re trying desperately to see that the ball doesn’t get thrown over our head and yet it’s pretty obvious we still have a long way to go.”
Deep down, Ryan has to know the solution to these problems were two guys who were in his locker room just a few months ago.
Posted 11 Oct 2013
QuoteAdam Schefter @AdamSchefter 3m
Jets TE Kellen Winslow suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
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