Jets name Geno Smith their Week 1 starter

Geno SmithGeno Smith has been officially named the Jets Week 1 starter.

“We’re going to go with Geno Smith as our quarterback and we are excited about that,” Rex Ryan said, according to Eric Allen.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said that Smith’s ankle, which he injured during the preseason, is good to go.

“That part was important for him to get those practice reps in as well, and I think his confidence physically is at a high level right now,” Mornhinweg said, according to Allen. “He came out the other day and looked like he was 100 percent.”

This will be the second time in Jets history that a rookie has started on opening day.

“I know the entire team is confident,” Ryan said. “We are definitely confident that Geno’s out there and I think all of our guys are looking forward to see what he can do. It’s a tough test going against Revis and two Pro Bowl safeties. It’s going to be a test, but it’s one we’re excited about.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It’s officially official, but this is the news that everyone expected since over the weekend when reports leaked about the Jets plan to start Smith due to Sanchez’s injury and that Smith was their man, regardless of Sanchez’s health.

As Ryan indicates, the 2013 Tampa Bay secondary is not the 2012 version. The Bucs were one of the best teams against the run and worst against the pass and their young defense is maturing and the addition of Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis could supercharge the core of what was a solid run-stuffing base. So, while analysts seem divided on how good the Bucs might be in 2013, at the very least it will be a worthy test for a rookie quarterback.

We expect that the Jets will do their best to use multiple tight end sets to pass, focus on their slot receivers and mix in more screen passes than they would have with Sanchez. For Mornhinweg and Smith to get over on this defense, they are going to have to hit that sweet spot between over-attacking an aggressive run defense and taking too many risks against a cagey secondary.

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