NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets head coach Rex Ryan has yet another quarterback situation on his hands. Does he start the underachieving Mark Sanchez or give the rookie, second-round pick Geno Smith, the ball and see what he’s made off?
It would be a difficult decision for any coach, but Ryan seems to have a handle on it — at least a better one than when he dealt with the quarterback situation during his rookie coaching season in 2009.
“I like our quarterback situation much better than I did the first year I was here,” Ryan told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday.
While he didn’t name a starter outright, the Jets’ head coach expressed the QB dilemma in a positive manner.
“Obviously, Mark has had his ups and downs and things, but there’s a lot of positive things about what he’s accomplished … won four road playoff games,” Ryan said. “But this Geno Smith is really a talented young man.”
The anticipation surrounding the starting position is palpable, and leave it to Ryan to not even give a single hint as to who the primary signal caller will be.
Also during the interview, Ryan was not as bold as Stephen Hill was when talking about the playoffs. When asked if the Jets were a playoff team, the head coach responded, “We’re soon going to find out. When we left our minicamps, we felt that we had out-prepared and outworked every team in the league.”
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