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New York Jets veteran: Management has quit on us

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Earlier this week, an unnamed Jets veteran told Metro's Kristian Dyer that the team's decision to go back to Geno Smith at quarterback was a sign management "packed it in, waved the white flag, whatever you want to call it."

The veteran clarified his statement on Wednesday.

"I wasn't trying to say that we've quit, that any of the players quit," he said. "I don't think any of us have quit in this (locker) room. But it seems like those above us, they've quit on this season. You can't do that. Players need to make a living, get stuff on tape, play for that next year. But it seems like that isn't important, that winning this year isn't a big deal to them anymore.

"Like they're already looking at 2015 and beyond. Maybe they felt that way earlier this year and stuff, but I don't know."

On some level, it's hard to fault management for looking ahead. This is a lost season, wrecked beyond repair. But the Geno Smith decision played out like a slap in the face to Rex Ryan, a figure still universally adored by his players.

John Idzik won't win any popularity contests in New York, whether that's with the fan base or in the locker room.

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