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Geno Smith is the league leader in interceptions, hasnâ€™t thrown a touchdown pass in 21 quarters and is on a three-game losing streak. He is also still the quarterback of the New York Jets.
For the second straight week, Rex Ryan wouldnâ€™t name a starting quarterback immediately after a loss. And for the second straight week, he stuck with Smith. Smith was told early Monday morning by quarterbacks coach David Lee that he would start against the Raiders Sunday.
Matt Michael Kors Crossbody Bags Michael Kors Clearance Handbags Simms, the second-string quarterback, was the presumed alternative, though veteran David Garrard was also a possibility.
â€śWeâ€™re going to go with, and Iâ€™m going to go with, Geno as our quarterback,â€ť Ryan said. â€śI believe in Geno.
â€śI think heâ€™s got a chance. I think heâ€™s got a chance to be a good quarterback.â€ť
Ryan is very much in between a rock, a hard place and a 35-year-old quarterback. Because as much as Smith has struggled, the unproven Simms didnâ€™t play well Sunday, either. The alternative is trusting Garrard, who hasnâ€™t played a regular-season game since 2010.
â€śIf weâ€™re just looking at that tape, the option doesnâ€™t look very good for either guy,â€ť Ryan admitted, referring to Sundayâ€™s 23-3 loss to the Dolphins.
Ryan ultimately decided to stick with the status quo, just like he did this same week last season after replacing Mark Sanchez with Greg McElroy mid-game, as the Jets look to win out or at least stave off a collapse.
Smith said he wasnâ€™t nervous that the team would go in a different direction and reiterated that he still feels heâ€™s the Michael Kors Shoulder Bags best man for the job.
â€śItâ€™s hard for people to believe that with the tough stretch that weâ€™ve had,â€ť Smith said. â€śBut, thatâ€™s just the confidence that I have in myself. I know for a fact that my teammates and coaches have that same confidence in me, so thatâ€™s why I believe that.â€ť
Simms admitted that he was â€śanxiousâ€ť waiting to find out if he would be the starter, but said he didnâ€™t have an expectation one way or the other.
â€śEveryone wants to go out there and compete,â€ť Simms said. â€śObviously when you get out there on the field and you get a little taste of the real action, all you want is you just want more of it. But nonetheless, Genoâ€™s the man and Iâ€™m going to support him and prepare like I have been.â€ť
Simms added that he did discuss his play against the Dolphins with his father, former Giants QB Phil Simms.
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Matt Simms says he was anxious waiting to learn if he would start in Week 14.
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â€śHe was pleased that I didnâ€™t make it worse,â€ť Matt Simms said.
Ryan has handled Smithâ€™s struggles very differently from how he has dealt with another rookie, cornerback Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online Dee Milliner, and his adjustment to the NFL. The first-round pick has been benched three times mid-game by Ryan, and did not start in Week 3 following a benching the previous game.
â€śIâ€™m not worried about sending mixed messages or Michael Kors Leather Handbags whatever,â€ť Michael Kors Shop Online Ryan said. â€śMy thing is Iâ€™m fair.â€ť
Ryan has spoken about Milliner benefiting from watching from the sidelines,Michael Kors For Women Cheap Michael Kors Outlet Online (17), but said he didnâ€™t think Smith needed to watch a game at this point.
â€śHe took a breather in that half,â€ť Ryan said. â€śHe saw it from the sidelines for that half. I think heâ€™ll be ready to respond this week.â€ť
The coach indicated it was an organization decision, as the team has stressed all season long, and that GM John Idzik and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg were part of the conversation.
Smith insisted that he hasnâ€™t lost any confidence despite his recent track.
â€śNot one bit,â€ť Smith said.
Can he correct the mistakes?
â€śI am more than certain,â€ť he said.
Smith said he doesnâ€™t feel any pressure to prove he is the quarterback of the future, because heâ€™s had that assignment the whole season.
â€śI think Iâ€™ve been trying to prove that my entire time here. Regardless of itâ€™s year 1 or year 5 or 10 years from now… no oneâ€™s job is for certain,â€ť Smith said. â€śYouâ€™ve got to go out and produce on the field.â€ť
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