Michael Vick and the New York Jets: A Setup for Implosion

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Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) warms up before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning New York. If anyone was away from the news, or out-of-town, and haven’t heard yet, Michael Vick is a member of the New York Jets. Mark Sanchez was unceremoniously released yesterday, and Vick is here, on a one year, $5 million contract.

Much of the fan base is jacked up over this signing. Why not? He was the top quarterback on the free agent market, and now he’s here. That’s exciting, right?

Unfortunately, despite the good reasons to bring Michael Vick in here, this is the wrong match for THIS team. This setup is tailor-made for a classic Jets implosion. I hope beyond hope that I am wrong. I will be up front cheering for him as hard as anyone. I hope that my opinion is wrong.

I don’t believe that it is.

Granted, there are good reasons to bring Vick in here. His experience with Marty Mornhinweg is an asset. He is familiar with the offensive system, and will just have to learn the adaptations made for the New York Jets. That puts him in a good situation to succeed on the football field, clearly.

He has seen a lot in this league. 11 years, and 128 games as an NFL quarterback is quite a depth of experience. He has won 58 games as a starter, which is a lot of football games. He is a threat with the arm and his legs, as is Geno Smith. With 128 touchdowns versus 85 interceptions, Michael Vick has spent a good part of his career taking care of the football. Geno could learn a lot from him.

But, the reasons against the move outweigh the positives. Let’s take a look at how this could turn out.

First, Geno Smith could outplay Michael Vick in the preseason, and keep the starting job. That would be fine if Michael Vick is ready to be a mentor. He’s not. If you don’t believe me, read Michael, in his own words, in his conference call with the media yesterday:

You know, I mean I wouldn’t say I would necessarily be okay with sitting on the bench all year. But I know what I signed up for. I know what I came to New York to do. First and foremost I came to compete and be a helping hand for Geno, and he has a long way to go. We both talked. We both agreed we’re going to push one another and make each other better. So whatever happens, happens. And I know what I signed up for. At the end of the day I’ll be content with it.

And this is on whether Geno could benefit by sitting behind him:

Absolutely. Geno is a young quarterback and I think experience is the best teacher. And it won’t just be experiences on the playing field. We have to develop good study habits. We have to develop good training habits and be the best that we can be in regards to our relationship to Marty and understanding what he wants. So I think being out there and having the experience is the best teacher, but I’ve also been a guy who had to sit around and wait, in college and when I first came into the NFL, it was very beneficial. But we don’t know if that’s going to be the case. We just want to win football games.

Let me translate this for you. “I know I might be the backup, but it’s not what I want. The other guy would benefit by watching me play, and I won’t be thrilled about being the backup all season. I’ll do it, but I won’t like it.”

The spirit of competition is great. But, that is not a guy ready to be a mentor.

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  • Jtomas ski

    I didn’t read the same quotes the way you did. How do propose Idzik gets competition at the QB spot with a vet QB who has no real interest in starting? Cause that worked so well for Sanchez? And do we really need another doomsday jets writer? The Idzik model for dealing with QBs has been established already. Let me clue you in, it has nothing to so with Vick’s stats in Atl or Philly and it looks a lot like what happened 2 years ago in Seattle.

    • Alan Schechter

      First off, Vick is more than “interested” in starting. He has been quoted as saying he will be starting week one. That too me is not a guy that is ready to be a mentor full time. I don’t agree that this follows the model of Seattle. Matt Flynn and Michael Vick are too different.

      By the way, before lumping me in as a doomsday writer, read more of my stuff. You not agreeing with me doesn’t make me a doomsday writer.

    • Speaksnow

      Spot on

  • Speaksnow

    Sure feels like a Favre situation. Gets hurt, coach is gone. Boy do I hope I’m wrong. I luv Rex! By the way, I think you’re reading way too much between the lines on Vick’s comments. He said all the right things as far as I’m concerned.

    • Jtomas ski

      Nothing like Favre. The jets didn’t already have a young starter back then.

      • TryToThinkFirst

        And Vick has never been nor will ever be a Farve calber QB. There is also the character issue.

        • Frank Antonelli

          The idiot speaks again! You’re an idiot and a hypocrite. Why don’t you concentrate
          on your own life instead of pointing out Vick’s past which he has more than paid for. I’m sure that he is a much better human being than you are presently or ever will be. Why don’t you go and do your little boy troll job somewhere else and spare everyone your constant negative diatribe.

    • Alan Schechter

      I could be reading too far into them John. It wouldn’t be the first time. Just my opinion as far as that stuff goes. I hope I am wrong too.

    • Speaksnow

      Based on the responses below, it’s clear my communication was poor. I wasn’t referencing the acquisition, I am predicting the ending. Banking on an older QB, who got injured, which resulted in the coach getting fired. Favre was great, and even with the Jets, until he lost his arm. His last few games where so hard to watch. He couldn’t throw the ball 5 yrds. With Vick there is no excuse, as everyone knows he is unreliable. The sad thing is when heads roll at the end of the season it won’t be the one’s that brought him here, it will be sexy Rexy.

  • bob611

    Just another stupid move by the Jets…What they should have done was gotten rid of Rex at the same time Sanchez got the boot! I will miss the butt fumbles though!

    • Jtomas ski

      Spoken like a real genuine jets fan! Troll

    • Frank Antonelli

      Another stupid troll.Why don’t you go and spread your negativity somewhere else clown.

  • Paul Newbold

    MR T had Tebow! Idzik now has Vick! It’s the way things work in Jet Nation!! Vick is an aging QB with a injury list as long as your arm. He’s been terrible in Philadelphia the past two seasons, failing to stay healthy enough to complete the season, and throwing terrible interceptions a long the way! Vick has stated many times he wants to start wherever he lands, he’s said it repeatedly throughout free agency, not just this one quote. There is nothing wrong with a veteran wanting to start, you have to admire that, but if you guys think he will sit quietly on a bench, you’re dead wrong. This guy was in the Philly papers daily the past two years!! Just imagine the media circus the NY “sports writers” will have with this guy! I really, really, hate this signing!

    • Alan Schechter

      I agree with everything you said here Paul. I will root for the guy, but I hate this move.

    • Frank Antonelli

      I’ll copy and paste this for later in the year. Should be fun bringing this back up at you. Let’s see if you are the stupid one or Idzik. My money is on you!

      • Paul Newbold

        You’re obviously a Vick fan Frank. I have no problem with that, in his younger days, I was as well. He’s an exciting athlete to watch, but can be a frustrating one as well, having a knack of throwing an interception at exactly the wrong time. I’m not one of those “dog loving” Vick haters. My main objection to the signing is his age and the injuries. Idzik is much smarter than myself, I form opinions, he has facts and medical reports. As I said, I don’t like the signing…but time will tell. Here’s hoping I’m wrong!!

        • Frank Antonelli

          I’m not a Vick fan. I just think this move makes sense since it forces Geno to get better and in a hurry. Geno and Vick seem to have already built a friendship which means that Vick could be a good mentor if Geno improves or Vick takes over and gives us a chance to make the playoffs. We almost made it last year with some of the worst QB play in the league! A healthy Vick would have got us there last year. Anyway, I’m not Nostradamus so I can’t predict the future but the move makes a lot of sense to me.

  • TryToThinkFirst

    The reasons why Vick is with the Jets

    1) He was not wanted in Philly

    2) No other team had an interest in him

    3) The Jets never learn, they are the AFC version of the Redskins

    • Frank Antonelli

      You’re an idiot. Vick has played at a Pro-Bowl level for Mornhinweg in 2010, complete 60% of his passes for him in 2010 and 2011 (59.8% if you are nitpicking) and hit 58.1% in 2012. It makes sense to bring him in. Do some research next time before just going on some negative diatribe.

  • Bennny K

    One question, who was the latest Jets QB that was better than Vick?

    • Alan Schechter

      Nice to see you back Benny!! How are you?

      Not an unfair point, but like I said in the piece, this is the wrong age for Vick. 10 years ago I would be fine with it. I think it’s the wrong idea.

    • Speaksnow

      He will never get the hype Vick got, but the answe is Pennington. Hands down better QB. Remember we’re not talking athlete. Vick’s passing stats are boring.