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Michael Vick: There won’t be patience with Geno Smith

Michael-Vick-JetsMichael Vick has been nothing but supportive of Geno Smith since signing with the New York Jets. Vick knows that the starting quarterback job is Smith’s to lose, and all indications are that the former West Virginia star has done nothing to lose it leading up to the season.

But on Thursday, Vick made it clear that he will be ready to take over the reins if called upon and that he doesn’t expect Smith to be on a very long leash.

“At this point, everybody’s required to do everything the same way,” Vick told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. “Geno has taken that step in the right direction. I think he’s ready to lead this team. But there’s been a lot of quarterbacks that started as rookies and started young. There’s really no other way but to go out and win. Regardless of the year the player is in, you got to go out and get it done.

“There wasn’t patience with me. There wasn’t patience with Brett Favre. I’ve seen Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco go in there as rookies. Ben Roethlisberger. They had to get it done and they got it done. There’s really no patience, just being honest. … We got to win and we got to win now.”

There will be some patience, but ultimately Vick is right. Mark Sanchez was injured last season and Rex Ryan didn’t really have another viable option at quarterback when Smith struggled. Ryan stuck with the rookie and Smith ended up getting the job done, all things considered.

This season, Ryan has a 34-year-old veteran with plenty of starting experience lurking in the shadows. Rex also happens to be once again coaching for his job. If the Jets miss the playoffs, there’s a good chance Ryan will find himself on the unemployment line. While you might perceive Vick’s comments as his attempt to put extra pressure on Smith, well all know he’s right. Rex won’t let Geno take the Jets out of playoffs contention without first giving Vick a shot.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Donovan McNabb blasts Jets for possible Michael Vick wildcat usage

Michael-Vick-JetsThere are many people who believe using Michael Vick in wildcat packages would stunt the growth of Geno Smith as an NFL quarterback. The New York Jets may end up using Vick as a wrinkle in their offense, as Vick hinted at when speaking with reporters recently.

Donovan McNabb thinks that would be a horrendous idea.

“The Jets tried this whole garbage with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez and it got them nowhere,” McNabb told the NY Daily News on Tuesday. “In the situation now, I think it takes away from what Geno Smith can do. It’s a maturity process for him to try to develop into an NFL quarterback. Now you’re taking him off the field or splitting him wide to bring in a 34-year-old quarterback? To do what? I understand the ‘wow’ effect, but it’s not a good thing for either quarterback.”

Obviously, the Tebow experiment was a massive failure. We don’t know if he made a Jets offense that has been horrible for years any worse, but he certainly didn’t help. Not only that, but McNabb is convinced that is not how Vick wants to be used anyway.

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Michael Vick hints at possibility of playing change-of-pace for Geno Smith

Michael-Vick-JetsGeno Smith and Michael Vick both led scoring drives for the New York Jets during their first preseason game on Monday night. Smith and Vick played two series each and neither turned the ball over. The starting job is Smith’s to lose at this point, but could both be in New York’s offensive plans going forward?

Rex Ryan raved about both quarterbacks after the game. Vick proved he can still blow by defenders by ripping off a 15-yard run while Smith showed solid accuracy on his throws. After the game, Vick shot down the notion of using two quarterbacks during regular season games.

“That disrupts the timing of the offense,” Vick said, per NJ.com’s Dom Cosentino. “I think it has to be done at the right time. I experienced that in Philadelphia, with Donovan [McNabb] at times. You want to go out there and let the quarterbacks get into a rhythm and not try to do too much. I think that’s doing too much.”

But as Cosentino noted, Vick left the window for a change-of-pace role open as he continued speaking with reporters.

“When the time calls for it,” he said, “I think the coaches will see fit that that’s put in.”

In an ideal world, the time won’t call for it. The Jets want Smith to play well enough that Vick is a backup and nothing else. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but we all know what happened the last time the Jets brought a quarterback in to potentially play a change-of-pace role. Remember that Tebow guy?

Maybe the Jets are better off picking one quarterback and sticking with him.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Plaxico Burress: Michael Vick will be Jets’ starting quarterback

Michael VickPlaxico Burress thinks he knows who will end up as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets, and it’s not Geno Smith.

Plaxico was serving as a guest analyst on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Monday and shared his thoughts on the Jets quarterback race. Simply stated, Plaxico believes Michael Vick will win the starting job.

“I know Rex Ryan and I know his mindset. He brought Michael Vick in there for a reason. Geno Smith is very capable of playing the quarterback position, but when it comes to training camp and it comes to the preseason with those two guys competing to win the starting job, I know Michael Vick very well. I know (Vick’s) competitive nature and his will to play the game,” Burress said of Vick.

“Michael Vick will be the starter on opening day for the New York Jets. When it comes down to evaluating the quarterback position, being a pure passer and a guy who can make plays, and when it comes down to decision-making … Michael Vick will be the starter on opening day for the New York Jets.”

When “NFL Live” host Jonathan Coachman questioned Burress’ thinking by pointing out that Rex has supported the team’s 2013 second-round pick, Burress still stood by his prediction.

“Rex can say Geno is his guy, but when it comes down to competing for a starting job, it’s going to be Michael Vick.”

What makes Burress a respected voice on the subject? He played for the Jets in 2011, so he spent a season with Ryan as his coach.

I don’t know if Vick will be the starter in Week 1, but I agree with Burress that Vick is the better quarterback between the two. And even if Vick wins the job, he’ll get hurt like he always does, so it’s not like Geno wouldn’t start at least some games.

We’ll see whether Plaxico turns out to be right. All I know is that guy is inaudible and not a very good person to have on a TV show. I had to crank up my volume just to get a few sentences.

Report: Michael Vick has been ‘laughably bad’ in practice

Michael VickStarting positions in the NFL are typically not won or lost in mid-June, but that might wind up being the case with the New York Jets. The Jets want Geno Smith to earn the starting quarterback job so they can continue to develop him as a player and solidify the future of their offense.

According to one report, Smith is getting absolutely no competition from Michael Vick at the moment.

Vick, who recently said that it hurts “deep down” to not be a starting quarterback, has apparently looked horrendous during minicamp. The New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch shared some observations after watching practice on Wednesday morning.

It’s also worth noting that Smith isn’t exactly lighting it up, so he’s probably not running away with the job at the moment.

All things considered, Smith did a decent job last season. He’s reportedly getting 75% of the first-team reps in camp for a reason. Starting as a rookie quarterback in the NFL is an incredibly difficult task, and Smith proved that by turning the ball over a ton. He also managed to win eight games, so it could have been much worse.

Fortunately for Vick, it is only June 19. But if he doesn’t improve dramatically over the next two months, it sounds like Rex Ryan will have a very easy decision on his hands.

H/T Pro Football Zone

Michael Vick: ‘It does hurt deep down’ not being a starting QB

Michael VickMichael Vick has by all accounts been a good and supportive teammate despite being a backup quarterback no longer in the spotlight. But that doesn’t mean the former No. 1 overall pick doesn’t miss being a starter.

During an interview with NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones on Wednesday, Vick was asked about being second string and backup to Geno Smith with the New York Jets.

Vick talked about how the two will push each other in competition. Jones then said that most people still consider Vick to be one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the league, and she asked whether he still thinks of himself as a starting quarterback.

His answer was pretty introspective.

“I do,” Vick said firmly. “It’s hard not. I think, at times, it does hurt deep down that I’m not in that group (of the 32 starting QBs in the NFL). But everything happens for a reason, and maybe it’s time for me to just kind of sit back and kind of appreciate what I’m going through now to make me a better quarterback in the future.

“I still feel like I have a couple of years left and still move pretty good,” said Vick, who also acknowledged that the mental side of being a quarterback is important and that he keeps it sharp.

Whether Vick is one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the league is irrelevant when it comes to explaining why he’s not a starter. He’s not a starter because he’s no longer a franchise quarterback; he’s not a guy you can rely on to help you win games consistently. He had that chance in Philly following his stellar 2010 season, but he showed the next two seasons that he’s unreliable either because he gets hurt or commits too many turnovers. Because he’s not a franchise quarterback, the teams who don’t have very good QBs would rather invest their time and money in seeing whether a young guy can become a franchise QB rather than give first-team reps to a guy who will be 34 years old and has shown inconsistency throughout his career.

But would Vick give the Jets a better chance to win games next season than Geno? I believe so. And I bet we’ll see him in quite a few games.

Joe Namath: Michael Vick is better than Geno Smith

Michael VickVery few people would be surprised if Michael Vick wins the starting quarterback job over Geno Smith for the New York Jets. Vick is a veteran who has trouble protecting the football, but he has won games in the NFL and played under Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during his entire tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. Most importantly, Vick has Joe Namath’s endorsement.

“If Mike’s healthy I think he’s the better player at this point,” Namath said Tuesday, via Seth Walder of the NY Daily News. “Geno’s got some talent no doubt, but we’ve already seen Michael and what he can do. And having some knowledge of Marty (Mornhinweg’s) offense, I think that’s an advantage too for Michael to make the transition.”

Let’s not understate what Smith did as a rookie last season. He started all 16 games for the Jets with a very limited supporting cast, and he still somehow led the team to an 8-8 record. Granted, he threw just 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, but life as a rookie in the NFL can be incredibly humbling. Plenty have fared worse than Smith.

“Of course, the coaches are going to decide who’s out there,” Namath added. “But boy, I don’t know any football fan that’s been around for the last nine or 10 years that doesn’t think Michael could be outstanding and is probably the best player at this time.”

Jets fans are likely more excited about Vick than they are Smith. Eagles fans felt the same way when their team brought Vick in, but that honeymoon ended in a hurry. Personally, I don’t feel that either quarterback is going to make the Jets a contender in the AFC. But at the moment, Vick’s ceiling is probably slightly higher.

Keep in mind that Namath said last year that the Jets didn’t need to draft Smith. He has always been critical of the team since Rex Ryan came aboard, and I’m sure Rex is tired of hearing it.