Rex Ryan confirmed that Geno Smith will start against the Patriots on Thursday night.
“With a short week like this, Geno will be the quarterback,” Ryan said.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt’s hard to imagine after the game yesterday why Ryan would do anything but let Geno play. Geno fared well against a tough defensive front and made it through a game with the league’s best cornerback. That said, the Jets are going to be facing a tougher overall opponent in the Patriots and will do so on a short week while on the road. Belichick will likely have his defense foaming at the mouth after a close call against another rookie QB yesterday in Buffalo. So while I’m excited about what I saw on Sunday, the Patriots should provide a tougher test for Geno and the rest of the Jets.
I get why Ryan is phrasing it the way he is, but it is still somewhat odd. There’s something of a Westley / Dread Pirate Roberts vibe to it. ”Good night, Geno. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” Geno is the best the team has to offer, but Ryan seems hesitant to say it that way.