Rex says no to color codes for struggling Smith

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm •  Published: October 2, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Red light. Green light. Forget it.

A few hours after saying the New York Jets are considering using a wristband with plays designated by color — red, yellow and green — to help struggling Geno Smith, Rex Ryan decided against it.

"To be honest with you, I don't plan on doing that now," Ryan told ESPN NY 98.7 on Wednesday.

The Jets, trying to help cut down on turnovers in games, used a similar method during Mark Sanchez's rookie season in 2009 to help him determine how aggressive he can be on a given play.

Red plays mean the quarterback needs to be conservative, yellow means he must be cautious and green indicates he can be aggressive.

With 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions and three fumbles lost, Smith is tied with the Giants' Eli Manning for the league lead in that dubious category.

"I really haven't planned anything specifically yet with him, but we'll see what happens during the week," Ryan said before practice. "I had mentioned that red-yellow-green, and hey, whatever it takes."

Smith said after practice that the Jets hadn't spoken to him about using the wristband system.

"If it helps the team and if it helps me get better," Smith said, "then I'm all for it."

Smith is learning on the job as a rookie, and the Jets are trying to remain patient with the second-round draft pick. There have been exciting flashes at times mixed in with some miserable moments, such as the four turnovers last Sunday that led to 28 points for the Titans in the Jets' 38-13 loss.

Sanchez is out with a shoulder injury and on injured reserve with a designation to return as he contemplates whether he should have surgery. Meanwhile, the only other quarterbacks on the roster are the inexperienced Matt Simms, who has never thrown a pass in the regular season, and veteran Brady Quinn, who has been inactive the last few weeks.

So, until he gets a red light, it's Smith's job.

"I don't necessarily think that it's really mental," Ryan said. "I think it's the experience of what you can do and what you can't do — when you have to try to dirt the ball, and when you have to get rid of it."

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