Jets’ Smith says he’s been told he’s still QB

Updated: December 2, 2013, 4:34 PM ET


By
Rich Cimini | ESPN.com


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith told reporters Monday that he has received word from New York Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee that he will start in Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders, despite being benched Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

“If it was a tactic to wake me up or get me going, it definitely worked,” Smith said Monday of his benching.

Coach Rex Ryan is scheduled to address the media later Monday.

Smith has gone five straight games without a touchdown pass, yet he received the nod over Matt Simms and David Garrard — a decision that likely won’t make the fan base happy.

Smith was booed several times during the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the Dolphins. He threw an interception before halftime, his 19th of the season, earning a trip to the bench. The rookie has a league-worst 60.4 passer rating and has led the offense to only one touchdown in his past 36 possessions, spanning three-plus games.

Simms, in the first meaningful action of his career, committed two turnovers in a 9-for-18, 79-yard performance.

Garrard, who came out of a brief retirement at midseason, was inactive for the fifth straight game and hasn’t played a regular-season game since 2010 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jets (5-7) have lost three straight games, potentially putting Ryan’s job in jeopardy.

  • Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
  • Syracuse University graduate

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