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Geno Smith officially the starting QB

No huge surprise: Geno Smith will be the Jets’ starting quarterback when they open the regular season Sept. 7 at home against Oakland.

Rex Ryan, who had been coy about the decision, confirmed Smith will get the call after the Jets’ 35-24 preseason loss to the Giants Friday night.

“Yeah, he’ll be our starter,” Ryan told reporters. “He’s done everything we’ve asked.”

Smith had a solid game Friday night. He played the first half and went 9-of-14 for 137 yards including a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jace Amaro in the second quarter. Smith ran three times for 17 yards.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

No surprise, the Jets were waiting for a performance they could hang their decision on and Geno’s crisp game against the Giants proved the obvious opportunity to justify Geno being the starter at the outset of the season for the Jets.

Having Vick as a backup is a luxury for the Jets and affords them a competent backup should things fall apart.

There are rumblings now from the coaching staff that Vick didn’t take the competition seriously enough, but Geno winning the starting job is more convenient … at least for now.  The good news is that their backup is worlds better than the team had last year and should the team determine their starter is stumbling, they have a legitimate second option.




48 comments
bob
bob

It wouldn't surprise me if Q becomes the top dog on the defense this year. Is it me or was it a little quit last night didn't hear to much with Richardson and Pryor.

bob
bob

Tuesday is cut day I think not sure. I wondering if the Jets will cut me a piece of apple pie.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

Have to admit I was surprised at how quick and strong Chris Johnson looked. Our rushing attack should be back to '09 levels with him and Ivory

levi
levi

God is punishing the Jets for not starting Lankster. Every starting CB will be injured until they have no choice but to start Lankster.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

Crazy how confident I was in Geno last night. I used to have a mini-heart attack every time I saw Sanchez wasn't handing the ball off. That pass to the endzone Decker dropped was a dime, too.


I completely support cutting Stephen Hill.

bob
bob

I told you guys last week the blue team and the orange team are hard to beat.

Brendan
Brendan

He earned it, just ask the guy who is backing him up. 

joemustgo
joemustgo

Geno showed the kind of development in one year that we never saw from Sanchez in four.

Bigfoo7
Bigfoo7

<--- Cautious Optimism.


I like the direction the offense is heading. Long way to go. Keep working.

ny12jets
ny12jets

I agree the Jets offense and Geno looked good.  But I am far from sold on this defense.  Giants were able to run against the line, and I was very disheartened by the long drive with about 1:20 left in the first half.  I would have felt a lot better about things leaving the first half with a 10 - 0 lead.

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

gathering from comments from tjb and other blogs it seems like the 1st team run D wasn't quite as dominant as it should be. Still preseason though

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

dvr'd the game, about to watch it, how'd the pass rush/Pryor look?

hawkeye
hawkeye

An efficient, and more importantly clean, half of football from Geno. He looks like he has grown considerably since last season. Smart and accurate with his passing, making good use of his legs. A year of experience and some much needed weapons have positioned Geno for a solid season.

Pat d
Pat d

Does Turner want to show the Mets they shouldn't have gotten rid of him? Or does he want to be on the Dodgers pregame show tomorrow once more?

marcus81
marcus81

with Decker, Amaro and Johnson added to the offense, and if the O line gives Geno time, Jets could surprise a lot of people, the defense doesn't seem to have kept pace with how they finished last year, but hopefully they'll come around and pressure opposing QB's in big spots. can't wait for Pryor to set the tone for the defense.  

__fense
__fense

I still think he shouldn't have told the media until he's required to by the league. 

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Kids gunna be a stud this season. 4000 yards rushing and passing. 25tds easy.

Amaro is gunna be awesome, kid gets open. I can't wait for the season man.

Get DMill healthy and people are going to show respect.

Screw bradysucks and a57 I hate you guys

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@bob He was everywhere and the D line did great, but they played like that against a O line worst then what we had last season, hopefully they can continue what they did last night.

bob
bob

@MarshRandy Good thing we have good running backs to compensate for the offensive line The o-line is good enough however I dont anticipate them taking over the game in the 4th quarter like we did back in 2009.and 2010.

harold
harold

@levi 

He gave a lot of credit to Walls for his performance.  But said nothing about Lankster that I can remember last week. Just doesn't seem like he believes in Lankster.  Surprised Lankster came back seeing this play out.

bob
bob

@MarshRandy 

Geno is the real deal. Geno's gonna get the Jets a superbowl one of these years. Next week we play Phili I figure will loose one more cornerback and we should be good to go.

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm After the way the pass rush (starting pass rush, that is) performed last night, are you really that worried? They scored a TD by throwing at Kyle Wilson 4 times and beating a guy who will be cut in a week. Obviously teams will be able to target Wilson in the regular season, but hopefully he won't be covering the best receiver on the opposing team when that happens. 

__fense
__fense

@Oberyn1 I thought the pass rush looked good for pre-season (they weren't really gameplanning or anything. A few sacks and throw aways, but they didn't really dominate like they did in the running game (for the most part). Pryor looked great, and was tied for most tackles on the team with 5 (only counting starters).

Pat d
Pat d

I agree with you the Jets offense could surprise a lot of people. Good play from the QB would ensure that. I don't think Geno is the answer. Vick will win you some games but not all the way through a season, if Geno plays good and Hill gets his head out of his a&& the Jets will have a great year. I agree this is very possible. But I think the Jets will take a step back. Due in part because of the schedule.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@bob the offensive line is more unproven but it's just a matter of Winters stepping up, I'm confident in the rest of the line

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm He looks like a different QB this year. He's not locking onto receivers, he's trusting his legs and he's being decisive. December Geno might be here to stay, and then some. 

hawkeye
hawkeye

People keep saying the Jets have a tough schedule. I'm not seeing it. No reason they can't win at least 6 of the games outside the division.

bob
bob

@MarshRandy @bob 

Winters is gonna be a good player Jets are anxous however he'll get better every year.

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm "my Giant fan family pointed out that the giants oline is in an experimental  mode and shuffling around right now"


And the Jets' DL destroyed them. 

__fense
__fense

@Oberyn1 @__fense I don't recall him getting beat or making any amazing plays. I did think Wilson might have been expecting help from him on a play that he got burned for, but that might have been Pryor seeing that Wilson had gotten burned and just came over to help. 

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm They also had five plays of 15+ yards in the first half. FIVE. When is the last time you saw that? 

Bytor
Bytor

Wtf are you chicken littling about now? We DID pick up a veteran wr, cb and tackle in the off session.

The offense looked really crisp last night. The two dreaded monster that is CJ/ Ivory will be beastly. Geno looked really confident.

I'm concerned about Wilson. He still looks lost.

bob
bob

@UncleJoesJetFarm @bob 

Yep the Raiders have pretty good receivers. You know  what David Carr look pretty good. Looks like the Raiders have a future QB.

Also getting off to a good start would be good. I like your passion Joey. I still tryin to wake up.

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm So your point was the Jets did exactly what you'd expect an elite pass rush to do? Cool. 

bob
bob

@Bytor 

Wilson will come around. Not an easy job covering slot receivers.

bob
bob

Hi Bredan I fell asleep last night in the top of the 4th quarter the computer kept kicking the game off and I had trouble getting the game back on..I tell ya that preseason package on the NFL.com I ''ll be lucky if i can watch half the game.. How did Pryor play last night and Richardson sound like they had ba quite game.

Bytor
Bytor

Dude, this is the NFL with a hard salary cap. What you said is true for every team. If Julio Jones goes down, we're in big trouble. Oh wait, that happened.

Bytor
Bytor

Maybe, he's tough to watch.

Bytor
Bytor

Ugh, hysterics. The offense looks good and you're hysterical. Off the ledge man.