Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Geno Smith (7) and Michael Vick (1) during New York Jets minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Smith, Michael Vick…Quarterback Competition?


Michael Vick and Geno Smith. The quarterback competition. This is the storyline that everyone is ready to follow once Cortland opens up for training camp this summer. The Jets love competition, and quarterback is obviously the biggest position to have a competition. So we are for this competition.

But is it really a true open competition?

Offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg made the competition interesting by stating that Geno Smith will be receiving 70-75% of the snaps with the first team offense. I wasn’t a math major, but that doesn’t leave much time for Michael Vick with the first team.

That doesn’t sound like a true quarterback competition to me. But you know what? Good for Marty. This is how it should be. Geno Smith earned it.

First of all, Michael Vick is a professional quarterback. What I mean by that is, he doesn’t NEED equal time in order to come in and perform well. He knows this offense from Philadelphia. Been there, done that. Like it or not, Michael Vick is more than able to run this offense in a pinch.

Secondly, and more importantly, Geno Smith earned the right to go in as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets. The last three games proved that to all of us. Geno had his difficulties with decision-making prior to that point, no doubt. However, in the last three games, two of which the Jets won, Geno only threw one interception against three touchdowns. He clearly grew in his command of the offense, and earned his right to be the clear starter, with Michael Vick there to catch him if he falters.

Don’t forget the front office factor either. John Idzik would be nothing less than thrilled if Geno Smith is the continuing starting quarterback. Why do I continually say that? Because Smith is Idzik’s guy. Let me explain. When a general manager comes into a new job, the significant picks are the ones that determine their legacy. The biggest pick that the Ninja has made, by far, and that any GM can make is at quarterback.

If Geno Smith is successful as the Jets’ quarterback, and the team moves forward to the championship we have all been waiting for, John Idzik will be remembered as a hero, and Geno Smith will be marked as his featured pick. If Michael Vick has to take over because Geno Smith flamed out, John Idzik will be known as another GM that picked a failing quarterback. John Idzik wants Geno to succeed.

It may not be a full quarterback competition, but that is OK. Geno earned it.

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  • Paul Newbold

    I’m not exactly sure Smith has earned anything quite yet. I like that they are giving him the majority of the snaps this camp, the Jets are simply choosing to go with youth over age. They chose the guy who has been healthy over the guy that goes down annually due to injury. It only makes sense. The “Ninja” should be praying that Geno develops, Mr. T likely said the same prayers about Sanchez! The quickest way to loose your job as a GM is to have your high profile draft picks falter and fail! I’m not sold on the “Idzik Plan” quite yet, but if Geno were to turn out to be a bust, it surely would hurt whatever this “Ninja Plan” is supposed to be!! I personally believe Geno will be fine, he may not ever become an “elite quarterback”, but he surely has the attributes of a good serviceable starter!

    • Alan Schechter

      I know you aren’t as high on Geno yet as I am, that’s cool. Even though I have been sick I remembered you wanted to see more out of the Idzik plan. Hang in there I think the best is yet to come.

    • RONBO19

      Paul, yeah, I’m hearing a lot on the local radio and SNY and the local papers on the Jet QB situation and my take on it is that the Jets have a lot already invested in Geno as a 2nd round pick and 16 games as the starter.I think we would be going backwards to start Vic off the bat. As a viable back up, that’s a obvious upgrade over guys like Brunell & Garrad.

      • AC

        I think thats just the way things played out. I don’t think Idzik ever thought Geno was definitely “his guy” when he drafted him in the second round, he probably just knew that they needed a QB and that Geno could provide some competition for Sanchez. Nobody saw Sanchez going down in the preseason. Now Idzik is going to roll with it. Yes, there were QBs that were available this year, and if the Jets really did poorly last year they might have gone for one of the top QB picks. But this is how its rolling so they are going with it for now. I just wish we could have a QB who sits and learns a system for a season or two and matures. Mark probably would have been better if the team didn’t have as much success as it did early on in his career.

        • Paul Newbold

          Mark’s problems would never been solved sitting on the bench. He left the Jets with many of the same concerns scouts had about him before his drafting. “Happy Feet”, inconsistent mechanics, and an erratic point of release. His football instincts turned out to be poor, and his decision making skills have a lot to be desired. I think he got a bad rap in NY, as they never really surrounded him with a ton of talent. That being said, he was never going to be a “franchise” qb. He should make the Eagles roster, I think he’s valuable as a back up on a short term basis. The Jets waited far too long on him, based on that early success, which really he didn’t have a lot to do with as the Jets grounded and pounded their way to both AFC championship games.