"He'll start this game," Ryan told reporters. " ... With a short week like this, Geno will be the quarterback. And, again, I don't think we're looking past New England. They're 100 percent of our attention."
"Actually, with Mark's situation, we're going to take this time -- and not that he had a setback or anything else -- but we're going to take this time to go get a different opinion," Ryan said. " ... To make sure everybody's very comfortable with where he's at."
Even when Sanchez regains his health, he's unlikely to see the field for New York. Smith wasn't perfect Sunday, but he moved the offense and passed for 256 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Most importantly, Smith led the Jets to something his embattled coach needed most: a win.
The best-case scenario for Gang Green? A day in the near future when weekly quarterback announcements are unnecessary. Another win from Smith would help seal the deal.