Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Same old, same old for Geno Smith
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Geno Smith said he took his usual number of practice reps Wednesday.
The rookie quarterback's practice regimen became an issue Monday, when New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, in a likely motivational ploy, said he was considering a few first-team reps for backup Matt Simms. That, of course, created headlines -- and Ryan knew it would. After all, he's no stranger to the New York landscape.
On Wednesday, Ryan refused to reveal any specifics about practice, which is closed to the media.
"You know what? I messed up because I opened a can of worms there, and I probably shouldn't have," he said. "I really don't want to say because reps can be divided differently and things. I really don't want to go there and I certainly don't want to give an opponent a reason to think anything. So I'll just admit that was my fault for saying that. I'd rather not discuss the reps."
No need to -- he already got his point across to Smith, who said he didn't receive any notification from the coaches that his reps would be altered.
Another rookie on the hot seat is left guard Brian Winters. He, too, will retain his starting job.
"I understand where the question is coming from because he certainly struggled this past game against Buffalo, but I think he'll come back," Ryan said of the third-round pick, who allowed a strip-sack.
Ryan said Winters was at his best in the previous game against New Orleans. But against the Bills, "he looked like a rookie," according to Ryan.