I’m willing to cut Rex Ryan at least a little bit of slack this year. After all, he’s being put into a situation that few head coaches could succeed with.
The Jets’ current problems are many. They’re without offensive weapons, their team has become a lightning rod for negative attention, but biggest of all is the Jets’ lack of a starting quarterback. Geno Smith will be the team’s choice for week one, but beyond that, Rex Ryan isn’t being too definitive.
“Our focus is strictly on this game,” Ryan said Wednesday via NFL.com. “We're not thinking past Tampa, I can tell you that much. This whole team is not thinking past Tampa in anything. We have a big challenge in front of us. We understand that, and that's where the focus is.”
Ryan has good reason to be noncommittal when considering installing Geno Smith’s penchant for making bad decisions. In fact, Matt Simms, who will be Smith’s backup for the opening weekend of the season, may be the only quarterback that has act