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Woody Johnson Stands Behind Geno Smith at NFL Meetings

Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets passes in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during a game at MetLife Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images)

Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets passes in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during a game at MetLife Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images)

The annual NFL meetings are being held in Arizona this week. All the NFL head coaches will be in attendance and this is a place where teams can discuss possible trades and future draft plans with one another. This is also an opportunity for teams to talk with the media about their post free agency roster.

The New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was not shy on Monday, as he fielded multiple questions from the media. When the owner was asked about selecting Marcus Mariota with their 6th overall pick, he responded, “Geno is probably way ahead of him at this point, believe it or not, whether you guys [have] skepticism of that or not.”

After the recent play of Geno Smith, it wouldn’t have been a surprise for Johnson to throw him under the bus. For Johnson to come out and stand behind Geno, praising him over Mariota was a true testament on his stance of the Jets’ quarterback situation.

Later that day Todd Bowles chimed in on the quarterback controversy that is swirling in New York. “He’s the No. 1 guy right now,” Bowles responded to NFL Media’s Tiffany Blackmon. Bowles continued, “Fitzpatrick is injured and we don’t have a draft yet, but we’re looking at a competition there based on the way he finished the last game and some of the things he did, he did a great job doing that but without seeing him and sitting down and talking to him it’s kind of hard to say right now. He has made some strides.”

After answering questions about the current quarterback dilemma, Bowles was asked if the Jets would use their first round pick to select a quarterback. Not wanting to give away their draft plans, Bowles responded, “We’re going to take the best player,” he said. “I think (general manager) Mike (Maccagnan) said it earlier that we’re going to take the best player available. We’re not going to deviate from our board and if that happens to be a quarterback, then we’ll take a quarterback.”

Over the next month the Jets will have a major decision to make regarding the use of their first round pick. The organization is saying all the right things by backing their current quarterback Geno Smith. However, we won’t know their true intentions until after the 2015 NFL draft.

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