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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