Jets Links: Smith, Ryan, Idzik

Quarterback Geno Smith is getting closer to healthy after suffering a shoulder injury before being benched in the loss to the Bills two games ago, reports Jane McManus of Smith will need to be available in case he gets an opportunity to return to the field for the Jets and show something positive before the end of the season, in what will amount to an audition for every team in the league. The Jets will likely have a chance to select a passer high in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here are some other links around the Jets’ organization:

  • Head coach Rex Ryan is confident in the offense and their ability to move the ball, writes Rich Cimini of With recent addition Percy Harvin joining Eric Decker and Michael Vick, the offense looks very different than years past. “Right now, I feel good about where we are,” said Ryan. “I just think, ‘Man, I’m not so sure I’d want to defend against this offense.'”
  • As Jets’ fans continue their campaign against general manager John Idzik, Ryan has come to the defense of the embattled executive, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (via Twitter). “I personally don’t think it’s appropriate,” said Ryan. “I don’t understand how it can be on one man.”
  • Ryan can defend Idzik all he wants, but despite what happens these last seven games in 2014 he will most likely be fired, and deservedly so, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald points to Ryan’s poor record against playoff teams and mediocre teams – while the Jets have feasted on the worst teams in the league – as one reason the team needs to move on. He also points out Ryan’s propensity for getting blown out as another reason to see him leave.
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