On Monday, Rex Ryan made one of what could be his last few decisions as New York Jets’ head coach. Ryan announced that a rookie would start Week 14 in a home game against the Oakland Raiders. Everyone knows by now that Geno Smith was benched Sunday in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Matt Simms, who came on in relief, failed to change this outcome, but was not bad considering no first-team practice reps ever went his way. No. 3 signal caller David Garrard was inactive Week 13 and I thought his history as game manager could help, as the Jets are still alive in the muddled AFC Wildcard race. It has been Ryan’s approach in years past to “Ground and Pound” while playing sound defense. Secondary play look’s bad, but it is hard to be effective when turnovers constantly help the opponent. Now there is extra pressure to not allow any points because the offense has been so bad.
Gang Green has decided to stick their turnover machine of a quarterback. It isn’t entirely his fault because this surrounding cast does not inspire great confidence. It can be argued that this decision did not come from Ryan. General manager John Idzik probably looked at his roster and went with the player he feels has the best chance to be here next year and beyond. An evaluation process to determine 2014’s starter continues. If New York only wins one or even two more games, Ryan most likely gets fired. Apparently Idzik is willing to concede any hope for a run in order to continue a long-term assessment.