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Joe Namath: Vick “will be outstanding,” should start for the Jets

Former Jets quarterback Namath points to his championship ring before the Seahawks play the Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford Reuters

Michael Vick has said that Geno Smith is the Jets’ starting quarterback and Vick is the backup. The best quarterback in the history of the Jets doesn’t think it should be that way.

Joe Namath says that Vick is a better option than Smith and will give the Jets a better chance at success in 2014.

“Of course, the coaches are going to decide who’s out there, but, boy, I don’t know any football fan that’s been around for nine or 10 years that doesn’t think Michael will be outstanding and probably is the best player at this time,” Namath said, via ESPN.

Namath said that as long as Vick doesn’t get hurt, there’s no reason that Vick shouldn’t open the season as the starter.

“If Mike’s healthy, I think he’s the better player at this point,” Namath said. “Now, Geno’s got some talent, no doubt, but we’ve obviously seen Michael and what he can do. To have some knowledge of [Marty Mornhinweg's] offense, I think that’s an advantage, too, for Michael to make the transition. It’s a matter of how sound he is.”

Vick’s declaration that Smith is the starter aside, a lot of people agree with Namath: If they both make it through the preseason healthy, Vick should start for the Jets in Week One.

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