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Geno Smith will start for Jets against Raiders, has Rex Ryan’s support

Eric Edholm
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Geno Smith (USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets' fans fears hopes for Matt Simms or David Garrard starting will have to be put on hold for the time being. Geno Smith, who hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 7 and who leads the NFL in interceptions, has received word he will remain the starter for at least another week.

The Jets play the Oakland Raiders at home in Week 14, and Smith — who was benched at halftime Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after completing only 4-of-10 passes for 29 yards, and an interception — will get another chance to prove that he should hold down the job going forward.

"I'm going to go with Geno as our quarterback,” head coach Rex Ryan said during Monday’s news conference, per the team's official website. “I believe in Geno. I think he has the tools to be a good quarterback in this league."

Simms replaced Smith and was no better: he completed 9-of-18 passes for 79 yards, with an interception and a lost fumble. The Jets lost, 10-3, in a game in which they totaled 177 yards of offense and a mere 10 first downs, and Smith was lustily booed throughout that first half.

"If it was a tactic to wake me up or get me going, it definitely worked," Smith said Monday, per ESPN.

The Jets are 5-7 and in dire need of a victory. Ryan benched Smith for one reason: He was trying to win a game. Smith was struggling badly, and yet the Jets only trailed 6-0 at the time. Now that it's clear Simms might not be an upgrade, Ryan will go back to Smith in what appears to be a must-win game.

The only other reasonable option going forward would be Garrard, who was inactive Sunday for the fifth straight game. He emerged from retirement after walking away from the Miami Dolphins in training camp in 2012 after it appeared he might win the starting job at one point, before a knee injury put him on the shelf. Garrard hasn't thrown an regular-season pass since 2010, when he was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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