Rex Ryan calls Geno Smith’s performance ‘brutal’

Geno Smith warms up prior to his first preseason game last weekend. Credit: Getty Images
Geno Smith warms up prior to his first preseason game last weekend.
Credit: Getty Images

A “brutal” day of training camp underscored the fact Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith still has a long way to go to wrestle away the starting job from incumbent Mark Sanchez.

After the Jets took Smith in the second round of this past April’s NFL Draft, it was assumed he had the inside track on becoming starter. But a relatively solid first preseason game from Sanchez and a quiet one — most notable for a twisted ankle — from the rookie was backed up by a Wednesday practice where Smith looked anything but ready to start.

It was so bad it earned criticism from his head coach.

“It was brutal; that was Geno’s worst day. Obviously the ankle [injury] is part of it. [He threw] way too many picks and things. [He] did not look comfortable today,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “Obviously he has to come back from it. He will come back from it but it was a bad day. We’ve seen it, guys have bad days, but this was a really bad day for Geno.”

During much of the offseason, Smith showed flashes of promise, while at times he also showed he is still very much a work in progress. He looked unsettled in the pocket, had issues with his progressions and struggled with his deep touch on downfield routes. But come training camp, he looked like a more polished player and seemed ready to take over the starting spot.

There is apparently plenty of work yet to be done, though Sanchez hasn’t fully wrested the starting job yet. Given Smith’s ankle injury in Friday night’s preseason opener, Sanchez might get another nod this weekend when the Jets host the Jaguars. Ryan was not willing to say whether Smith would even play on Saturday.

“I think there’s still work to be done. To definitively win the job, there definitely needs to be more evidence,” Ryan said. “If you want, we have to see more out of either guy, both guys. We have to see more out of both guys to have a better answer at that spot.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox beat White Sox…

Red Sox walk 15 times in extra innings win

NBA

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics:…

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics: 'I hope to be back'

NBA

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery…

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery odds with loss

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.