The Jets actually have two experienced quarterbacks on the roster. Mark Sanchez has been rehabilitating his right shoulder following surgery that was needed after Ryan put him behind the second-string offensive line in the fourth-quarter of a preseason game. He was on the sideline and in the quarterback huddle on Sunday.
Sanchez has more than boos in common with Smith.
Sanchez was no fan favorite after four seasons as starter, but ESPN Stats & Information has found that Sanchez's 2012 completion percentage against the blitz of 49.7 with 6.7 yards per attempt is nearly identical to Smith's this year (49.2 and 6.8).
The Jets other option is David Garrard, who has thrown 89 touchdowns in an NFL career dating back to 2002. Garrard even put on his uniform before the game on Sunday and warmed up by throwing the ball on the field.
"I just wanted to get a feel for things, throw the other team off," Garrard said. "A lot of guys in this locker room were thrown off too."
Garrard, who left the Jets in the offseason after knee pain made him unable to play, hasn't played in a regulation game since 2010, but said he thinks he could.
"I feel great," Garrard said. "I wouldn't be here if I wasn't."
The Jets have not activated Garrard this season, and chose to dress an injured Santonio Holmes who was used in just three offensive plays. Josh Cribbs, the likely emergency backup who has been used on some wildcat plays, left the game with an injured right shoulder and left the stadium with that arm in a sling.
So who starts next week, Smith, Simms or Garrard? The answer was a little murky in the wake of the AFC East loss.
"All I know is what's in front of us," Ryan said. "I'm not going to dwell on this or this. We just have to look forward and do what's best for the team right now."