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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.

Michael Vick to wear No. 8 with Jets

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Michael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire collegiate and NFL career. His clothing line, V7, was built around his jersey number. When Vick signed with the New York Jets, it quickly became obvious that he would have to choose a new number for the first time in his 11-year NFL career. That number is 8.

On Sunday evening, Vick posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing a No. 8 Jets jersey.

“I want to see everybody in there MV8 jerseys this year,” he wrote. “I appreciate all the fans that helped. Fresh start..new me! #JetsNation #GangGreen #V8″

As most of you know, Geno Smith wears No. 7 for the Jets. Vick looks awkward wearing 8, but we’ll get used to it. I’d say people might confuse Vick with Steve Young while he’s running around wearing No. 8 throwing passes left-handed, but Young typically threw to his own players. Vick has more of a tendency to throw to the other team.

Michael Vick to give up No. 7 with Jets?

Michael VickMichael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire NFL career, but it sounds like his run with the lucky number is about to come to an end. Vick signed with the New York Jets last Friday, and they already have a No. 7. His name is Geno Smith.

Before Vick signed with the Jets, a report indicated that he would likely make a fuss about being able to wear No. 7 because his brand is built around the number. Vick does have a clothing line called V7, after all. However, TMZ is now reporting that the 33-year-old veteran has no intention of trying to pry the number away from Smith.

“I want to pick a new number for the Jets,” Vick reportedly said. “Number 7 is Geno’s number.”

TMZ’s sources added that Vick is trying to prove he is a capable leader by giving up the number and does not want to create unnecessary drama with his new team. He said he hasn’t decided what number he will wear but is open to suggestions.

If Geno is dead-set against giving up No. 7, I can understand why Vick would just let it go. However, getting a teammate to give up their jersey doesn’t always lead to drama. We have seen guys successfully trade a big chunk of cash or a year’s supply of diapers for a number, so it might be worth Vick’s time to negotiate.

Michael Vick: Jets would be ‘happy’ to have DeSean Jackson

DeSean-Jackson-Michael-VickMichael Vick signed a contract with the New York Jets on Friday, and he apparently already feels comfortable speaking on behalf of his new team. With rumors swirling that the Philadelphia Eagles are actively shopping DeSean Jackson, Vick was asked about the possibility of reuniting with Jackson after five seasons together in Philly.

“If there’s an opportunity to get DeSean, I’m pretty sure the New York Jets fans would be in favor of that,” Vick said, per Around the League’s Marc Sessler. “But who knows, it takes a lot to make a trade happen (with) all of the intricacies of a contract. It’s not for us as players to decide. But hopefully everything will work out for DeSean. If he ends up in New York, we’ll be happy, just as happy as he will be. But who knows, you can’t say.”

The Jets are one of a number of teams who are interested in Jackson, and any trade for the 27-year-old would be relatively complicated. Jackson holds a cap charge of $12.5 million next season, which is a lot more than most teams want to pay. However, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reported that he is not interested in restructuring his contract.

Mehta also cited a source who said there is no way Jackson will be in Philly in 2014.

“Philly is trading him or cutting him,” the source reportedly said. “That’s a fact. They don’t want him.”

Jackson reportedly does not expect to return to the Eagles next year, so it seems like a foregone conclusion that he will be playing elsewhere. The Jets have already signed Eric Decker, and acquiring a player like Jackson would instantly give them one of the better receiving corps in the AFC — on paper, of course.

Michael Vick writes letter thanking Eagles and city of Philadelphia

Michael VickAfter being released by the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 following his role in an an interstate dog fighting operation, Michael Vick was given another chance in the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vick earned the league’s Comeback Player of the Year Award and was named to a Pro Bowl as a member of the Eagles.

With Nick Foles now in place as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, Michael Vick signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Friday.

Appreciative of the Eagles organization and city of Philadelphia, Vick wrote a letter reflecting on the past five years. Here are his words, courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

I would like to thank the Eagles and the entire city of Philadelphia. I was honored to be their quarterback and took the privilege to heart every day. I especially want to thank Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, who gave me the opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, who were not just coworkers, but friends. I also want to thank the millions of fans who cheered and supported our team.

People say Philadelphia fans are tough. I say they are fair. A player is not judged solely by his past or promises of the future, but by his actions today, and the next day, and the next.

In my time volunteering, I have met Philadelphia’s heroes. I’ve met at-risk children with few resources, but with teachers tirelessly helping them make the most of a second chance. I’ve seen the work of volunteers at school fund-raisers, food drives, after-school programs, hurricane shelters, Toys for Tots campaigns, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the meaningful work of the Humane Society of the United States. I’ve seen children choosing the mentorship of a football coach over peer pressure on a street corner. One of the best examples of a community deserving a second chance is the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football team. As the players step onto Team Vick Field, they can hold their heads high and be proud that they are making Philly stronger.

The Eagles are an outstanding organization with a bright future, and I’m thankful for all the friendship, love, and support they gave me and my family. I look forward to seeing great things from them both on the field and in the community.

H/T Eye On Football

Michelle Beadle no longer a Jets fan after Michael Vick signing

Michelle BeadleNearly five years have passed since Michael Vick was released from prison after he pleaded guilty to bankrolling an interstate dog fighting operation, but that doesn’t mean some people have forgiven him for his actions.

Vick will forever be a dog killer in the eyes of many people. One such person is ESPN personality Michelle Beadle, who had some strong comments after the New York Jets announced that they had signed the free agent quarterback Friday.

You can figure there are many other people in the New York area who feel similarly.

I’ve always said I felt Vick was punished too harshly for his actions when compared to the punishments for other crimes and I’ve long forgiven him. Clearly there are many people who feel differently.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and choices when it comes to being a fan, and Beadle is showing hers. I can’t complain — I stopped being a fan of the Bengals after they signed one too many ex-cons and bad characters.