Mar 25, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan speaks to reporters at the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan Says Geno Smith will be Tough to Beat Out at Quarterback


Whenever Rex Ryan’s voice is heard on WFAN, the order of the day is strange. We never hear this man anymore, unless it’s the Jets’ affiliate, ESPN radio. So anytime the Jets are on the fan, it’s a special day.

Add into that the idea that Rex gave some insight into the QB race, and you might start looking for a full moon, as that is what happened yesterday. Rex was talked about the much heralded QB race, Geno versus Vick. Here is what coach had to say:

“This young man is going to be hard to beat out,” Ryan said. “Even as talented a player as Mike Vick is, I think Geno Smith has made that big a stride. And again, the proof will be in the pudding when we play this thing out, but that’s my confidence in him.”

We have said this before but it bares repeating, Geno going into the camp on top is just fine. It is the way that it should be. Geno Smith IS the incumbent starter. Calling him that doesn’t mean we are calling him the forever starting quarterback. One player should go in as the starter, and if the previous one ended the last season playing well, it should be him.

Rex did acknowledge that Mike Vick might win the job. However, it would be in the best interest of the Jets for Smith to be the guy. The administration of a new general manager is guided by its major acquisition, and the choice is its quarterback.

John Idzik is going to do what he can to make Geno Smith successful, no matter how it appears.

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  • AC

    You gotta see what you have in Geno. Putting in Mike Vick really does nothing for the team. I’m sure Vick doesn’t mind collecting $5 million for helping Geno decipher defenses and looking at pictures on the sideline. Of course he probably would like to play but I think Vick is at the point where he knows he is at the back end of his career and is ready to pass the torch to the younger generation.

    • Paul Newbold

      Right on the money AC! I’m not sure Vick is ready to admit he’s on the back end of his career quite yet, but obviously he knew the circumstances he was signing on for. Say what you may about Vick, but the guy has always been a competitor. He accepted the Jets terms (and their 5 million), and knows his place on the team. That is great news for the organization! No QB controversy for the NY Media Clowns to feast on!! Vick was brought in to mentor and push Smith! Smith has been put on notice that Vick is waiting in the wings and that he can be replaced at any given time. Pretty good motivation for a young QB prospect! Its not coddling him at all, both these guys know the situation, no need for a competition! Smith gets the chance to learn from Vick and develop his game. I think it will work!

      • AC

        Yeah, not sure why the media thinks that because Rex and Idzik have said they want to go with Geno that he still won’t know that Vick is there to replace him if he starts blowing games? I’m more concerned about the secondary blowing games against a slew of top tier Qbs.

        • Paul Newbold

          Tough schedule this year, and yes the secondary will be facing some big time QB’s!! All I can hope for at this point, is that the competition in the secondary really upgrades their games, or that the Jets can pick up a viable veteran corner off the wire. As I see it, they still need an outside corner opposite Milliner, and that isn’t taking into account that Milliner may continue to struggle in just his second year! McDougle needs time to refine his game, and is seen as more of slot corner. And the rest of the bunch haven’t shown much to prove they deserve a shot out there! Here’s hoping someone can up their game and man the position!! Otherwise, the defense will once again be on the field for too long, causing them to tire before the game’s end. We surely can’t afford to give up the deep ball like they did last season!

          • AC

            The game plan against the Jets for every team is going to be to chuck it deep. They are going to test Milliner and/or Kyle Wilson. Patterson is a question mark at best. Unless we see the Milliner of weeks 16 and 17 last year Jet fans should expect to see the long ball given up big time. Unless our front seven is just a destructive sack machine. Which we all hope for. I have a feeling one of the reason they went for Pryor over HaHa is they didn’t want to risk having 2 duds from Alabama in the secondary picked in the first round. Nobody can say if Milliner is actually a #1 corner yet. He needs to show a lot more. Does anyone know if Patterson is even going to be 100% ready for week 1?