Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Matt Simms (5), Geno Smith (7) , Michael Vick and Tajh Boyd (3) with quarterback coach David Lee during New York Jets minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Simms on Jets' QB battle: I would pick Geno Smith


In one month, all of the NFL teams around the country will get together for their respective training camps, beginning their journeys toward what they hope will be the same Super Bowl glory the Seahawks enjoyed this past February.

As is the case every year, there will be some high-profile position battles playing out, and maybe the one with the most buzz is the fight between Geno Smith and Michael Vick to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.

Since the Jets signed Vick following his release from the Philadelphia Eagles, the controversy has been brewing, although Vick would tell you otherwise as he says that Smith will be the starter for the second year in a row, while he’s just there to help out and jump in in case of emergency.

Well, CBS analyst and New York Giants legend Phil Simms tends to agree with Vick. In a recent interview with SNY, when asked about the Jets’ quarterback situation, he stated that he believes it should be Smith getting the chance to progress from last season.

“I hate to get into all those things, but if you made me pick one, I would pick Geno Smith.” Simms told SNY. “I think he’s improved since last year. I thought the way he played at the end of last year probably gave him great confidence and now he knows what to expect from pro football.”

A lot of the criticism surrounding Smith being the starter deals with his ineffectiveness when he was thrust into the spotlight very early as a rookie, throwing for 21 interceptions and just 12 touchdowns. Because of that, people want to see the experienced Vick take over the reins, especially since this team still finished 8-8 last season, dangerously close to seeing the postseason.

But, Simms is not one of those people.

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