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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.




72 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.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Later folks, nice chat this morning. We have reason for hope brothers! Go Jets!

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

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

What happened to our run defense? Jennings had over 5yds per pop, and the Giants seemed to run well? 

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.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

I hope Allen is back by game one. You can laugh, but I feel the raiders game is huge for this season and close to a must win. It is close to a must win for two of reasons. First, the Jets are a young team that has been talking it up and nothing wrong with that, and the raiders are said to be a bottom feeder by the football world. A loss to the raiders can really hurt the morale of the team. Secondly, we have top QBs coming in with high flying offenses which can exploit our questionable secondary, so we need to beat the raiders. 


The first game of the season, every team thinks they will win and have a clean slate so the Raiders will be playing tough. They have an improved defense by far, and even if Schaub is not all that good, he is better than what they had last season and just two years ago, was a top QB. The raiders also have a good backfield to take the heat off of Schaub, a solid TE and some deep threats. Laugh if you want, but this game is far from a gimme. I would rather have played the raiders deeper into the season when they are more down to earth and the cross country trip would have had more of an effect. They will get here a couple days early to adjust and play tough. This game will be tough!

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. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Obviously for the Jets to be successful, Geno is the key but after him, Ivory/CJ have to stay healthy. I really feel they open it all up for Geno and the offense.  CJ still has a lot left in the tank and the offense will go as they go. Also, the oline must stay healthy. They look good aside from Winters, he still seems to be struggling a little on some plays, but overall, the offense is much improved.  I am more concerned on the D side, especially against the several pass happy teams that we face early in the schedule, but overall, I am cautiously optimistic an impressed with the offense.

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.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Brendan No doubt, I am very impressed with Genos Development. I have been saying this the entire off season, that  he is the man. The Jets have supported him, and it is starting to bear its fruits!

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. 

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

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@harold @levi Walls kind of held the fort, but barely. He was 2 steps behind Randall when he got torched last night. Too shaky to start vs the high powered offenses that we have to play , but we might have no choice.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@bob @UncleJoesJetFarm True, but being that it is the first game, they will be well prepared and get here early to adjust. It is not like they will be getting off the plane on to the field for kick off, lol If it was later in the season it would have had more of an effect with wear and tear, but the first game everyone is pumped up with adrenaline and believes that they can win.

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. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Brendan @UncleJoesJetFarm I thought the same thing but my Giant fan family pointed out that the giants oline is in an experimental  mode and shuffling around right now trying to get it right for the season. In other words the giants oline is a mess. Look at the Colts and Bengals oline which are more stable, the Jets were not as effective with the pass rush. 


The way teams will go after the Jets, is spread out the offense and hit those quick 3 step drops and once in a while launch one down field to keep the D on its heels. They also might test the Jets run defense after last night giving up over 5yds per carry to Jennings.

bob
bob

@MarshRandy @bob 

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

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Brendan @UncleJoesJetFarm Exactly. He also is using his check downs more and not making those bad decisions by forcing it when there is nothing there. It looks like night and day from last season. 

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. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@bob @UncleJoesJetFarm yeah, if we could tighten it up on the road, we would be set! It is just the first half of the season that is daunting. That is why I say the Raider game is critical.


I would really be confident if we pick up a solid vet CB, a vet tackle and a veteran wr. Come on Idzik, you have over 21m in space, you just need some reasonable insurance for the season, you don't have to break the bank, seasons are too precious to neglect these things! 

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. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Bytor If one tackle goes down we are in trouble! I will not get into how bad we need a Vet CB. If Decker gets hurt, then what? He will be doubled this season anyway, we need a reliable wr vet on the other side and for insurance. The team has some very weak depth at these key positions and it could have a huge impact if not addressed.

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.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Bytor  We have over 21m in cap space. I am just saying we have vital areas with no competent depth and  one injury can sink the season and Genos development, or it could be a massacre in the secondary, it is a long season! I am not saying to break the bank, but just to get some reasonable vet help and insurance in these depleted areas.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Bytor We have no COMPETENT depth at these key positions, that is the difference. Who do you put in if we  lose Brick? CB is already depleted, you telling me we dont need a solid vet CB , please man!

Bytor
Bytor

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