While the New York Jets are committed to head coach Rex Ryan for at least one more season and they saw improvement from rookie quarterback Geno Smith at the end of the year, general manager John Idzik said that the team “will always look to improve every position in any manner we can.”
That will include looking at other quarterbacks in the offseason, which means Smith is not guaranteed to start in 2014.
In fact, when Idzik was asked whether or not Smith would be starting next season, he was noncommittal.
“We don’t look too far into the future with that,” Idzik said at the post-season press conference, via Pro Football Talk. “Again, Geno started 16 games for us. You all witnessed how he did, how he finished strong. We’re very, very excited and happy that Geno is with us.”
While Smith looked like he could continue to improve and help the team win games, the Jets need to do their best to secure competition for their young signal-caller.
If Smith struggles in the offseason or goes in to a sophomore slump, then the Jets will need a serviceable back up to provide competition and help the team secure wins if Smith is unable to lead the team.
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