According to Michael Vick the quarterback competition in New York is already over. In a video posted on NewyorkJets.com Geno Smith and Vick addressed the media and many of questions were asked in regards to who would be the day one starting signal caller for green and white. Vick went on to say that last season with him and Nick Foles it was an open competition and both players knew that at the end of the day the better quarterback would win the job. Vick of course went on to win the starting spot, but due to injury Foles took over and the Eagles haven’t had a reason to look back. Vick went on to say that here the situation was “different” and “unique”, implying that this will be Geno’s offense to run and Vick will serve a supporting role.
This has long been suspected to be the case, with the Jets trying to build for the future around Geno Smith. Geno struggled as a rookie but started coming into his own in the last month of the season and did so with the same lack of talent that plagued the offense all season. Clearly the Jets see potential in Geno and want to establish him as the franchise’s guy, bringing Vick in now seems to be about having a veteran guy who can help the young QB continue to grow on the field.
The one puzzling thing here is while this strategy may be all well and good, but it goes against the mantra of “competition at every position” that Idzik brought into the building when he became the general manager of the New York Jets. This is a little worrisome as others in the locker room, who may be involved in fair and open competitions at their respective positions, might find this to be unfair. Rex Ryan has been accused of letting the locker room get away from him in the past, hopefully this will not lead to this happening again.