Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg recently said that Geno Smith would open camp as the starting quarterback and, by implication, is the favorite to start the season opener against the Raiders.
Vick’s said the same thing, but the questions continue coming. Coach Rex Ryan gave the same answer when he faced one during a rare appearance with Mike Francesa on WFAN on Thursday and added that he thinks it is going to be difficult for Michael Vick to change that.
“Geno Smith is going to be hard to beat out,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “He knows the offense forward and backwards.”
That wasn’t Ryan’s last word on the subject, however. Smith may be difficult to beat out, but he can be beaten out and Ryan added that Vick “definitely” has a chance to win the job during the preseason. The party line from the Jets has been pretty consistent on this front since Vick signed and the team seems hopeful that his presence and upgraded talent will bring more success for Smith in his second season.
That may not thrill Joe Namath, but it’s not hard to see why the Jets would want to see last year’s second-round pick wind up as the answer to their quarterback question.