Jets: Geno Smith still the starter

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Geno Smith is staying put as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback. His hold on the job, however, is tenuous at best.


“He’s our best shot, in my opinion,” coach Rex Ryan said.


Ryan confirmed Monday that he’s sticking with the rookie despite Smith’s struggles in the last several games.


“I believe in Geno,” Ryan said. “I think he has the tools to be a good quarterback in this league.”


Smith wasn’t surprised when he was told Monday morning by quarterbacks coach David Lee that he would start the home game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.


“Every day I come into this building, I fully expect to play,” Smith said. “I prepare that way. When I got the news, it wasn’t a major reaction.”


Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms at halftime of the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins following another brutal performance. The rookie was 4 for 10 for 29 yards with an interception and an 8.3 quarterback rating in two quarters.


“If it was a tactic to wake me up or get me going,” Smith said, “it definitely worked because right now I definitely feel a sense of urgency.”


He has one touchdown pass against New England Oct. 20 and 11 interceptions in his last seven games. The Jets (5-7) have lost three straight to go from controlling their playoff destiny a few weeks ago to barely hanging on in the postseason mix.


Munchak: NFL says officials’ call was wrong:


Coach Mike Munchak says the NFL has told him officials erred on three plays in the Titans’ 22-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, including one flag that should not have been thrown at all.


Munchak said Monday officials at the league office told him that an unsportsmanlike conduct flag should not have been thrown for running back Shonn Greene clapping his hands in front of Colts safety LaRon Landry after a run. The Titans did score a touchdown that drive.


Browns running out of quarterbacks: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is following NFL protocol for a head injury, leaving Cleveland without a healthy starter for this week.


Weeden was injured in Sunday’s loss at home to Jacksonville. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski does not know when Weeden, who threw three touchdown passes while filling in for the injured Jason Campbell, got hurt.


Chudzinski said Campbell has been cleared for football activities but not yet for practice. Campbell is still recovering from a concussion sustained last week on a blind-side hit by Pittsburgh’s William Gay.


Cassel back as Vikings’ QB: Another week has brought another quarterback quandary for the Minnesota Vikings.


Matt Cassel played well enough in relief of Christian Ponder to take over the job. Ponder left Sunday’s win over Chicago with a concussion. Coach Leslie Frazier declined Monday to declare Cassel the new starter. Frazier said there’s no rush to decide.


The Vikings play at Baltimore this week.


Frazier also didn’t directly answer a question about whether Josh Freeman will be considered for the job against the Ravens. He was inactive Sunday against the Bears. Ponder took a hit to the head in the second quarter and did not return.


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