Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
There's a whole lot of dysfunction and controversy going on with the New York Jets and that escalated earlier this week when Rex Ryan named Geno Smith the starter heading into Monday night. With Vick out of the picture, does that change how the Dolphins are preparing for the Jets?
“No, I wouldn’t say we were surprised," Joe Philbin said. "We were getting ready for both players obviously. I don’t know if either one is a huge, dramatic shift from the other. They have some similar traits. Offensively, the good thing is there’s film on both guys. You can certainly take a look at both of them.”
Philbin said that the tape from last year's Week 17 loss against the Jets will certainly help them preparing for him once again heading into Monday night.
“It’s good, definitely. I was in a defensive meeting this morning, and Kevin (Coyle) referenced the last game a little bit just from a statistical perspective, some of the tendencies that they showed in game formationally and so forth. They are very multiple on offense. They are doing a lot of different things, which makes them a challenge to prepare for.”
Reshad Jones, the one who will be responsible for making everyone is in their proper places when Smith walks up to the line of scrimmage, said both guys are good and can make all the throws, in addition to many other things.
“Both of the guys are good and can make all the throws. Both are very versatile and can run out of the pocket. I think Coach (Kevin) Coyle and our defensive staff will have something drawn up ready for those guys. When you break them down on film, you look for stuff like that, but both guys are good players. I think it’s going to be more about what we do than what they do. We are getting back to playing our style of football, which is fundamental hard-nosed football. I think we’ll be fine.”
If the Dolphins can't rattle Smith from the very first snap, they could be in for a very long night. However, no one is expecting Smith to throw and run all over the Dolphins but as they say, anything can happen at any time in the NFL.