New York Jets’ Rex Ryan: Geno Smith will start ‘this game’

Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson (91) hits New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 37-14. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

During the New York Jets’ 37-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday, quarterback Geno Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms in the final quarter.

In the game, Smith completed just eight-of-23 passes for 103 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Simms was four-of-six for 60 yards and a touchdown.

On Monday, Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan said that Smith was still the starter for “this game,” but admitted he had to get Smith “dialed in better.”

“Normally, the strength of Geno is his pocket presence and pocket awareness,” Ryan told Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. “Whether it was because he was taking hits, I feel he never had the feel he normally does. The fact that he got hit, and hit hard a few times, might have had something to do with it.”

On the season, Smith, the 39th overall pick in the 2013 draft, is 166-of-295 for 2,100 yards with eight touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

The Jets will be back in action Sunday when they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens at 1:00 pm EST.

Topics: Geno Smth, Matt Simms, New York Jets, Rex Ryan

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