Rex Ryan explains reversal on wristband

October, 3, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Upon further review (not much, though), Rex Ryan decided not to get cute with a color-coded wrist band for rookie QB Geno Smith.

"I want him to play the position," Ryan said Thursday. "I don't want him to sit back and be focused on another thing. Just play the position. I think he's going to be just fine."

Ryan created headlines Wednesday when he mentioned the possibility of recycling the green-red-yellow system he used in 2009 with Mark Sanchez, who, like Smith, struggled with turnovers as a rookie. Sanchez wore a wrist band late in the season, with plays categorized by each color, telling him how aggressive (green) or careful (red) to be with specific throws.

It didn't take long for Ryan to backpedal. Later Wednesday, he said in a radio interview that he had decided against it. He acknowledged that he changed his mind after consulting with others in the organization. Here's a safe bet: Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg probably wasn't keen on the idea.

In the meantime, the coaches will continue to stress ball security with Smith, who's tied for the league lead with 11 turnovers. Smith is working with running backs coach Anthony Lynn, who is teaching the rookie the finer points of protecting the ball.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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