Tuesday, August 13, 2013
What we learned on Day 20
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from the press box:
1. Still no QB decision: Rex Ryan declined to name a starter for Saturday night's game, raising the question: What's taking so long? If it's an open competition, it should be Geno Smith's turn, but Ryan said he may let it play out until the end of the week. No doubt, he wants to see how Smith does on his tender ankle, but why not just come out and say Smith will start, if healthy? I honestly think they don't know yet. This isn't a clear-cut decision, arriving at a Week 1 starter, and I'm sure there has been plenty of internal discussion on the matter. Neither Smith nor Sanchez has distinguished himself in camp. Nothing ever comes easy for the Jets.
2. Sensitive subject: Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg bristled a bit when the question of pass-run ratio was raised. It came up because of the imbalance in the first game -- 16 runs, 42 passes. Ryan said he'd like more of a pass-run balance, hardly an earth-shattering statement. Later, Mornhinweg asked reporters, "Who said you need to be balanced? You score points throwing the ball." He was known as a pass-happy play caller with the Eagles. From 2010 to 2012, the Eagles' pass-run ratios were 62 percent to 38 percent, 57 to 43 and 59 to 41. Obviously, this subject was brought up a lot during his time in Philly. Judging from his reaction, he'd rather talk about something else.
3. Special K: I think backup TE Konrad Reuland has earned a roster spot with a solid performance in camp. Frankly, I thought he was a bubble player at the start of camp, but he has value because of his versatility, highlighted in Tuesday's practice. He's a red-zone weapon (at least in practice) and he handles other jobs as well. Clearly, Mornhinweg is willing to try different things with him. I think Reuland sticks.