Whether Michael Vick said what he did to remain relevant this offseason or to kind of show a different light on Geno Smith during his tenure on the New York Jets, it remains to be seen. Regardless, Vick recently made some comments about Smith and what should most likely transpire in his third year in the NFL.
In an article written by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, here is what Vick had to say about Smith:
"“I watched him mature a lot down the stretch throughout the course of the year last year, and he started to get it,” Vick continued. “I think some guys, it takes longer than others. I think going into Year 3, Geno can go in with some confidence, feeling good about the way he finished up last year and have an opportunity to go out there and show his teammates and show the Jets nation that he has it, he has what it takes and they’re waiting to see it.”"
When one thinks about it, Vick is actually right. Smith was thrown to the wolves earlier than expected as fans need to realize that given the circumstances, he did the very best he could do with what was around him. He without a doubt struggled heavily his first two seasons with the Jets but now is his time to play up to his potential.
Smith has a much-improved supporting cast around him as the Jets made sure to stock up on better offensive talent to give him the tools he needs to succeed. While many believe he’s nowhere near the kind of franchise quarterback the Jets needs for long-term success, he should be able to get the job done in 2015 thanks to a simplified spread offense being installed by new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
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Expect to see Smith have a new-found confidence in his game as he prepares to prove his doubters wrong and work hard to bring the Jets back into contention.
It won’t be easy but with support from someone like Vick who was there for him last season when he needed it mentally, people continue to chime in that this could potentially be his breakout year.