Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) shake hands during the pre game warmups for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Jets head coach Rex Ryan: There is a QB competition between Michael Vick, Geno Smith

We haven’t even hit the second full day of OTAs around the NFL and already the New York Jets quarterback situation is coming to the forefront; and this time head coach Rex Ryan is offering up his thoughts.

After having newcomer to the team Michael Vick insisting the past few weeks that he’s not here to steal Geno Smith’s job, Ryan offered up a different explanation to the media on Wednesday by stating that there absolutely is a competition between the two.

The Jets drafted Smith early in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft after he had slipped way past the position most experts had him being taken. With injuries to Mark Sanchez, Smith stepped into the starting role and struggled mightily, while at the same time showing some shades of promise.

Despite those shades, though, the team scooped up Vick nearly immediately after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, leading many to believe at the time that he would step into the starting role while Smith could take a step back and work on his game for the future.

It’s been the opposite of that ever since as, again, Vick has said time and time again that this is Geno’s team, a statement that some may have been buying into until Coach Ryan’s comments today.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Where’s the muzzle they had for Rex last year? As a Jet fan, I’m so much happier when this buffoon keeps his mouth shut!! They ended the “QB controversy” early this year, keeping the NY “drama columnists” at bay, no competition, no controversy!! Then along comes “crap for brains” and we have something the media clowns can turn into a circus! Of course Mehta is the first to jump into the fray! I propose trading Rex Ryan for a wide receiver, and Mehta to be traded for any columnist with a basic knowledge of sports!! LMAO.

    • AC

      I hate Mehta and Kimberly Jones. They are the worst. As far as Rex goes, can’t he just make it clear to Geno that there is a QB competition and let the media figure it out for themselves? Or just stick to what he said before? We all know if Geno looks horrible in preseason and Vick looks great, they will start Vick. Geno doesn’t have the personality of Mark Sanchez. He will be competitive, he is not going to assume he has the job no matter what because his coach has his number tattooed on his arm. Give it a rest people.