Aug 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) on the sideline against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Jets 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Vick slams report that Jets coaches were unhappy with his effort

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Michael Vick is once again going on the defensive after a report saying Jets coaches were unhappy with the effort he showed in competing with Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job in New York.

A report by Jenny Vrentas in MMQB said Jets coaches were upset that Vick was not “hell-bent” to beat out Smith, but Vick says this report is not accurate (via NJ.com):

“That’s not true; that’s not true at all,” Vick said. “Me and my coaches, we have great conversations, we have a different dialogue, and that was far from the case. So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious. You’ve got to come up with better stories that that. There’s better things to talk about.”

A source with ties to Vick told Pro Football Talk that Vick worked hard in camp but knew from the beginning he had no real shot to beat out Smith. This source characterized the Jets’ QB competition as a “charade.”

Charade or no charade, Vick knew that his job was to go out and push Geno Smith, and impress coaches enough that they would want to keep him around as a #2 option in the event Smith might stumble.

With Smith’s long-term future still very much up in the air, Vick knows he has a real shot to end up starting in New York, so the last thing he wants is to rock the boat.

At the same time, Vick doesn’t want reports out there questioning his effort, cause that just looks bad for him. So he now has to walk a high wire between defending himself and not irritating coaches.

The best thing might be for Michael to shut up and tell people in his life to not be calling Mike Florio every five minutes. Just button it down and wait for Geno Smith to fail. Cause Geno Smith probably will fail.

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