(NEW YORK) — This could be a make or break year for New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. How his starting quarterback performs may hold his fate, but Ryan apparently wasn’t paying much attention to the team’s offense during their first preseason game on Friday night.
In their preseason opener, the Jets fell to the Detroit Lions 26-17. The team only scored 17 points, but the offense did generate 329 yards on offense.
Despite some bright spots on offense, Ryan didn’t seem to be very interested.
“I had my own issues on the other side of the ball, so I never really focused a whole lot when he was in there,” Ryan told the New York Post when asked about rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
“We’ll see it on tape. You guys probably saw more plays than I did,” Ryan told reporters when asked about the team’s offense.
After making back-to-back AFC Championship games his first two seasons in New York, Ryan could be coaching for is job this season.
Fifth year quarterback Mark Sanchez has yet to live up to expectations, and rookie quarterback Geno Smith is talented, but still a raw player in terms of development.
Ryan is 34-30 as the team’s head coach since taking over in 2009.
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