Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick on radio row at the Super Bowl XLVIII media center at the Sheraton Times Square New York. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Is Michael Vick Ready to be a Mentor To Geno Smith?


John Idzik has had an active off-season. He has a plan and has kept straight on it. Some moves have been notable, some, not so much. But the plan is in place, and John Idzik is executing it the best way he knows how.

Enter Michael Vick. Part of the “plan” was to bring competition in to “push” Geno Smith. Michael Vick is that veteran presence set to push Geno Smith, while Geno Smith does come into camp as the leader out of the gate.

Michael Vick has been a much debated signing for a while now, long before the writing of this post. The debate has been to both ends of the spectrum, some love Michael Vick, some hate him, for football and non-football reasons. Not paying attention to the non-football stuff, we move ahead.

A veteran backup quarterback situation works if the veteran is willing to be a mentor of he doesn’t earn the starting job. So the question is whether or not Michael Vick is ready to be a mentor. I am still not convinced.

Oh, he does throw in a lot of the right things when interviewed, for example, this comment to Kim Jones:

“(Geno) knows I’m going to push him to the limit, and I want him to push me,” Vick said. “There’s going to be times where he’s gonna have to pick me up, where I’m gonna have to pick him up. I’m always gonna be there for him, always gonna help him out, and I think he’s done a great job.”

This shows a guy that is ready to share the load, no? I agree, and if this would be all Vick says, there would be nothing left to say, but then a comment like this comes in:

“It’s hard not to,” Vick told Jones. “I think, at times, it does hurt deep down that I’m not in that group (of the 32 starting QBs in the NFL). 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.”

That worries me. Obviously there is no way to know who is right until it plays out, but I have my doubts. Saying that it “hurts”, says to me that Michael Vick is a guy that is going to eventually grow tired of mentoring, and if I am correct, we don’t need that in our locker room.

Could Vick simply be showing his competitive spirit? Sure. It would a thrill to be wrong. Fact is I just don’t know.

Tags: Geno Smith Michael Vick New York Jets

  • http://medicfl1.WordPress.com James Boyd

    There is no doubt that Mike Vick feels he is starting material, after all he beat out Nick Foles.
    His problem is similar to that of S-Ed Reed’s where you know you can still play (and maybe you can) but the teams are making a strong push for youth.

    Jets are “heavily” invested in the growth of Geno Smith and while he remains their QB of the future, they have a proven talent in Vick.

    This year looks to be a tough schedule.

    Don’t want to name a starter? Fine, but use the talent you do have, while you still have it.

    I see Vick moving on after the season, looking to find that elusive starting job. Therefore the team needs to wisely use both QB’s this year.

    No harm in letting Geno learn from Vick this year as next year the controversy will be Geno Vs. SIMMS/Boyd.

    No, they won’t name a starter.

  • Paul Newbold

    I don’t think we have much to worry about Vick. While I’m sure he’d love to start, I’m also pretty certain the Jets made it clear when they signed him that he would be mentoring. I’m sure it “hurts” not to be a starter, say what you will about Vick but he’s always loved to play the game. Vick will mentor, warm the bench and gladly collect the Jet’s 4 million dollars. Whether Smith advances his game as a result of Vick is another story. Its an interesting mix of quarterbacks and talents. I don’t see a problem here unless the press decides to blow this up in camp!