Geno assumes he's QB but not yet official
November, 25, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has not been told yet if he will start Sunday's game against Miami, but the rookie is assuming he will make his 12th straight start.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan did not commit to Smith as his starter for the important divisional home game following the Jets' 19-3 road loss to Baltimore Sunday.
"I fully intend to go about my week as I always do and have confidence in myself to be the starter and leader of this offense," Smith said. "I will continue to study and work diligently as I've always done."
Smith turned in another dismal performance as the Jets lost their second straight game. Smith completed less than 10 passes for the third straight game as he was just 9-of-22 for 127 yards and tossed two interceptions. In Smith's last four games, he's maxed out at 159 passing yards and has zero passing touchdowns to seven interceptions. The Jets are 1-3 in that stretch.
"I didn't do enough. Didn't get the job done," Smith said. "We didn't score a touchdown so that's never good. I didn't do enough. We have to figure out ways to get better and put points on the better. It's pretty simple. We need to score touchdowns and put points on the board."
Smith said he has not had a conversation with Ryan regarding the starting position. The Jets backup is Matt Simms, who has appeared in two games in his career, both in mop-up duty this season. The Jets are currently 5-6 and tied for the final spot in the playoffs, although they don't hold the tiebreaker at the moment.
"I don't look at it in any way, whether I am or am not (the starter). I go about it the same way with the same mentality which is to work hard and prepare myself to play," Smith said when asked about whether he talked with Ryan. "You never know and I'm pretty sure Matt does the same thing and David (Garrard) is a vet but he does the exact same thing so we all have to be ready to play."