When the New York Jets went out during the free agency period and signed Michael Vick, most thought that it was all but a given that the veteran would be taking over under center immediately while second-year signal caller Geno Smith would take hold of a clipboard and use this season to learn.
Well as offseason workouts approach, it seems more and more as if it will actually be the opposite, with Smith under center come game time and Vick on the bench, and now this comes from the mouth of Vick himself.
“Geno’s the starting quarterback for that football team,” Vick said Saturday at a personal appearance, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “Ultimately our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be. Myself and [third-stringer Matt Simms] are all trying to put him in a position where he can get better from year one to year two.”
Prior to signing with the Jets, when it was known that Nick Foles would be the starting quarterback for the Eagles going forward, Vick made it known to everyone that he intended to be a starter for someone in 2014, which makes this concession a bit odd, although for right now it could just be Vick being polite. He could indeed be trying to keep the quarterback competition strictly on the field and not in the media.