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Rex Ryan on the New York Jets’ QB Play During the Green and White Scrimmage

By Alan Schechter

Aug 3, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan looks on prior to training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday night, while much of the football watching audience had its eyes on the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the Jets played their annual Green and White scrimmage. As such, when Rex Ryan met with the media to talk about it, the topic of the day of course, was the quarterbacks. It was a mixed night for both of the quarterbacks, but they had their bright moments. First was Geno Smith on his opening series. Here was Rex’s evaluation:

He was absolutely tremendous in the first drive and that’s something we have to learn from – penalties kill you. We had two big penalties that took a touchdown off the board and what I told the team is that those are huge momentum things. The defense, you let them get a stop in the red zone, they feel great about themselves. That elevates their play and offensively it kind of takes the air out of your sails a little bit. You’ve already knocked it in, you think you scored a touchdown and then it’s whipped off the board with a penalty. That, we need to prevent.

Mark Sanchez’s best moment came at the end, with a bomb to Stephen Hill. Here is what Rex had to say about Mark’s evening:

With the team, it was similar things. I think there were some good moments and bad moments. Some of the protection never held up and then when it did, I thought the quarterbacks threw the ball well. So that’s what I was telling the threes in there, I’m like, ‘You give McElroy, time he’s going to hit it,’ and sure enough he did. But really with all the quarterbacks, it was a great throw that Mark made to Stephen, obviously, at the end there to close out the scrimmage.

The reporters tried to get Rex to lean one way or another on the competition so far, but Rex wouldn’t bite. He said that it would “get interesting” when they start playing games.

That begins on Friday night, when the Jets take on the Detroit Lions. Good job out of Rex for staying neutral in the debate thus far. We will see how it goes, starting on Friday night.