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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Green Day: No time for color codes

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan probably was thinking out loud when he mentioned Wednesday he was considering bringing out of retirement the old color-coded wristband he used for Mark Sanchez in 2009. Naturally, his comments sparked headlines and probably groans from Jet Nation, which links the red-green-yellow system to Sanchez's struggles as a rookie -- and probably thereafter.

Ryan came to his senses a few hours later. In his weekly spot on ESPN 98.7 FM, the coach said he decided against the idea. No green, no red, no yellow, no nothing. Smart move.

Forcing rookie Geno Smith to wear the color-coded wristband would've cluttered his mind with unecessary information and, from a public-relation standpoint, it would've attached him to Sanchez. And this organization, as we've seen over the last few months, is trying to distance itself from its onetime Golden Boy. The turnover-prone Smith can't be rescued by a wristband. He needs to do it the old-fashioned way -- with hard work and improved concentration.

Bury the wristband.

ICYMI: In practice Wednesday, Smith participated in a running-back drill to help with his ball-security issues. Call it, How to Carry a Football 101. ... LG Vladimir Ducasse said he's not happy about his demotion. Then again, what was he supposed to say? ... Newly-signed WR David Nelson and RB Mike Goodson made their practice debuts, but the real story involved the players not in practice.