Well, at least he didn’t tell anyone to go f–k himself.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who lost his cool and yelled a pair of “F” bombs into the stands at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Lions, was in no mood on Wednesday to take questions about a guy who once shot a pair of middle fingers to hecklers in Atlanta.
Asked whether Smith sees the value in using Mike Vick to provide the offense with a spark when needed, the current starter bristled.
“I don’t know what you’re trying to lead to with that question,” Smith said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Maybe that’s your opinion. What do you mean a spark? We’ve already put him in.”
Asked if it would make sense to have Vick come in not for a cameo appearance but to jump-start the offense, Smith got even more testy.
“That doesn’t make sense,” Smith said. “What team do you see doing that? . . . That’s not a question. Next question.”
Actually, the Cardinals did that, seven years ago. Coach Ken Whisenhunt routinely yanked second-year quarterback Matt Leinart for veteran backup Kurt Warner when the team fell behind, re-inserting Leinart once Warner evened things up again. That continued until Leinart, who was getting frustrated with the technique, broke a collarbone. The next year, Warner was the starter and the Cardinals were in the Super Bowl.
For his part, Vick opted to navigate around the topic far more diplomatically.
“[W]e don’t need any more distractions right now even though I don’t think I would be a distraction if I went in and played temporarily,” Vick said. “We just need to focus on beating San Diego.”
Or, as coach Rex Ryan put it with a reference to Bill Belichick’s bizarre Cincinnati presser, the Jets are “on to San Diego.”
For Smith, the best news coming from the road game in California is that any heckling will come from fans who are supposed to be heckling him.