Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Vick concedes Jets starting quarterback spot to Geno Smith

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  “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.

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  • Paul Newbold

    It amazes me at some of the reactions I’ve read from Jet fans about this statement. Many are riled up, accusing the Jet organization of coddling Smith. While much of that reaction is caused by the Sanchez fiasco, this is an entirely different scenario! Smith is a young 2nd year guy, he played well down the stretch last season, and for that alone, he’s earned the bulk of the reps through OTA’s. The Jets need to evaluate Smith, giving him the bulk of the #1 snaps provides them with that opportunity! Vick already knows Marty’s system, having spent time in Philly with him. Vick is a valuable back up, let Smith carry the load, learn, and keep Vick fresh and healthy in case Smith goes down or struggles. It makes sense! Here’s hoping Smith takes that next step, and allows Vick to stay healthy in case of emergencies!