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Once Again, a Comment Leads to a Negative New York Jets' Story


When there are no real stories to talk about involving the New York Jets, what does the mainstream media do? What they always do to perpetuate the “circus” theme that isn’t even there anymore.

What do they do, friends? That’s right, they make it up.

Well, in this case, they didn’t make it up. They took an off-handed comment made by a former teammate of Michael Vick’s and turned it into a story, making it sound like there could be a problem in NY.

Bart Hubbach, football reporter for the New York Post, and great follow on Twitter had a conversation with Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy. One of the topics of conversation with McCoy, obviously, was the Vick vs. Geno Smith QB competition. LeSean gave his honest opinion to Bart, as expected, McCoy being a guy that has played with Vick extensively. Here is what he had to say:

 

Instead of taking this for what it is, nothing, it earns a headline on NFL.com. I am not sure why? One, McCoy’s opinion has very little to do with what goes on, or will go on, in the Jets’ locker room. It’s McCoy’s opinion, period. He and Vick are likely friends, and he was choosing his friend to win the competition.

Even if they weren’t friends, what does anyone expect McCoy to say? That Vick stinks? Of course not. But this doesn’t make it a story worth headlines on the league website. Unless, of course, you are looking to cause trouble. If THAT’S the case, you well on what a running back from another team thinks about the quarterback competition in New York. After all, it’s a circus there isn’t it?

I, for one, find the other story that came out yesterday regarding Michael Vick much more interesting. It turns out that Vick is willing to give up his number 7, and let Geno Smith continue to wear it. That may seem small, but I found myself really impressed by the gesture of Michael Vick.

His willingness to drop the number seven after all of these years of wearing it, shows to me that being here is important to him. It’s a small step to show everyone that he is not interested in “making waves”. A lot of players are egotistical about their number, Vick understands it’s only a number.

But a story like that goes against the “Jets are a circus” mission plan. So we won’t hear about that kind of thing very often.

Oh, well, at least we know the truth.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Personally I couldn’t care less about either of those non stories. Cimmini is likely behind the story on ESPN, as he’s a mental midget, and seemingly has no other purpose in life but to harass the Jets. The Vick story says nothing to Vick or anyone’s character. The fact is the number was being already worn, its a number, he came here less than a month ago on a short term deal. It would say something about his character if he had one of those NFL ” I want my number meltdowns”. I’m glad everything is good in Jet Nation! LOL

  • AC

    Not surprising at all, the media loves to pick on the Jets QB situation. Vick probably is a better QB than Smith, and he should be. He’s been in the league for a lot longer. But considering the Jets probably aren’t betting the farm that they are winning the Super Bowl this year, they will most likely go with Geno unless he really stinks up the camp. If he stalls and has a spell of horrific games like he did last year then we may see Vick come in to help the team. If that happens, then Geno probably isn’t our guy and that issue can be addressed next year. Geno had plenty of good plays last year and did a pretty good job for a rookie QB with one of the worst offenses in the NFL. I have a feeling he will surprise people. McCoy can blab all he wants, this stuff is nothing new.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Don’t you love the clown media!