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Ryan: Geno Smith still Jets' starter

Updated: October 2, 2013, 3:12 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPN.com

Struggling rookie Geno Smith received a pat on the back and a kick in the rear Monday from New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan expressed confidence in the quarterback, reiterating that he's sticking with him as the starter, but made it clear there's a limit to his patience. Ryan was critical of Smith's carelessness with the ball, saying he needs to make an immediate improvement.

In his most telling comment, Ryan used a disclaimer while giving Smith a vote of confidence -- ...

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