In case you had any doubt about the quarterback pecking order with the New York Jets, let me put that to rest for you right now. Here’s the depth chart: #1: Geno Smith. #2: Michael Vick. #3: Not Tim Tebow.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg more-or-less put the matter to bed with his remarks on Thursday to reporters via conference call. When asked about the supposed Geno Smith vs. Michael Vick competition, Mornhinweg revealed that there is a competition, but not really.
“There is competition,” Mornhinweg said via NJ.com. “Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year [between Smith and Mark Sanchez], where everything was 50/50. We’re trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go. It’s just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations.”
If you know anything about how football works, you didn’t really need this explained to you. No way is the old guy brought in as a free agent going to supplant the draft pick from two years ago. Not without the draft pick getting ample opportunity to convince the coaching staff that he is not the guy.
The only benefit to creating a fake competition is your hope that it might fire up Geno Smith. And what does Michael Vick think about all this? Michael Vick always knew what the deal was. He’s just there doing what he does, biding his time, waiting for Geno to drop the ball.
Chances are that Geno will drop the ball and Vick will get his chance. Vick chose New York for a reason.