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: Jets QB competition not really open

The New York Jets seemed committed to making Geno Smith the quarterback to lead the team going forward, especially after watching that Tim Tebow situation back fire with Mark Sanchez. Yet this offseason they brought in former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and has thrust a quarterback controversy onto the team once again.

Originally, Vick conceded the starting job, and the No. 7 jersey, to Smith. Then head coach Rex Ryan came out and said Vick has a chance to beat out Smith for the starter’s job.

“Geno Smith is going to be hard to beat out… He knows the offense forward and backwards,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Mike Vick definitely has a chance to win the job.”

Vick has now come out and said that it isn’t really a quarterback competition.

“Going through the competition with Nick [Foles in Philadelphia], we knew both of us coming in that it was open competition and the best guy was going to win the job,” Vick said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “Pretty much cut and dry. This situation is different. It’s kind of unique. Even though it’s not an open competition, we’re both competing every day.”

There might be competition, but it isn’t open, comparing it to the situation with Nick Foles when he said the best player would get the job. That seems to insinuate that Smith could get the job to keep him developing and moving along instead of it going to Vick, the better player potentially. They’d be more lenient with Smith’s mistakes and allow him to start even if Vick is the better quarterback because they don’t want to shake his confidence and stunt his development, keeping Vick around solely as insurance.

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  • JJ truth

    Vick is the better Qb by far a rare talent who can win with his strong arm or his legs. But he can’t do it alone w/o protection & weapons. Vick is an experienced veteran 4 playoffs appearances one of them the NFC championship. Vick is 33 years old & a back up & still the leagues fastest. But coaches don’t want to work with him. The NFL is very unjust. The Jets only seek controversy for publicity purposes at QB. Vick isn’t having any of it. His contract is only 1 year. The NFL isn’t about supporting greatly talented QBs who are complete QBs. Its all about hyping mediocrity peddling them as great players. The NFL deliberately destroys great QBs. Manziel is being set up to fail same as the other 20 QBs before him. All were talented all were potentially great. Leinart, Tebow, Vince Young were hounded out of the league. Vick never has never had support from the coaching staff & ownership throughout his career. Coach Mora in Atlanta a certified jackass. Even with Andy Reid he was a back up who got the job only because every one else got put out (Kevin Kolb & what’s his face). The terms of his contract @ Philly was not honored. I’m tired of the bigots who accuse Vick of being a dog murderer. Let’s get one thing straight. The official charges were using his property for “dog fighting” which means, like boxing, dogs were fighting and people placed bets on them. If some dogs died it was from the injuries created by other dogs. Boxers die in the ring but people say nothing. Dog fighting was once a sport. Now its illegal. Well, the truth is that, If dogs are living in the wild they are going to fight each other in order to become pack leader. I’d take Vick any day over the likes of Ryan, Romo, Palmer, Rivers, Stafford, Bradford, Brady & Manning. The latter 2 can’t even close out get a lot of calls from the refs & coaches going easy on them. It just goes to prove that In football the best don’t always get to hold up the championship trophy.