Geno Smith will start on Sunday
But Smith knows that he doesn’t have many fans to go around after what happened last Sunday. The Jets lost 19-3 to the Baltimore Ravens and Smith was heavily criticized for his performance. Ryan however, is still optimistic about his quarterback and is willing to wager another round on him. Smith has a league high of 18 interceptions and 22 turnovers. That might be something that has got the hopes up.
"Right now, I would feel that he gives us the best chance to win," Ryan said.
When asked whether backup quarterback Matt Simms was being considered to play against the Dolphins, Ryan chose to evade the question. He simply said that statistical play was a less important factor when considering a player to play the position.
Even though Smith has not been playing well for the past few games as he has scored only one touchdown and six interceptions during the last six games, Ryan didn’t make that the reason for the failures but opted to criticize the offense.
"I recognize it's an important position. But sometimes the protection's letting us down, sometimes the timing of the routes is letting us down, sometimes guys aren't catching the football,” he said, ”sometimes it's a poor throw and a poor decision on the quarterback's part. I don't know if you guys believe me or not, but that's what I see. So I don't see it necessarily about just the one man."
Although Ryan was sure that Smith would be starting his position against the Dolphins, when Smith was asked about it he said that it still wasn’t a total confirmation and he still was waiting for the green light to start this week. He added that he was still practicing as if to prepare for his position. And he did not hide from the fact that his gameplay lately had not been good.
"I didn't do enough, didn't get the job done," Smith said. "We didn't score a touchdown, so that's never good . . . We've got to figure out ways to just get better and to put points on the board. It's pretty simple."