Michael Vick has been in quarterback competitions before.
He doesn’t think this is one.
The Jets free agent pickup sounded like a man who had conceded the job would stay with Geno Smith. The team had indicated it was open early on, though offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said they didn’t want to impede Smith’s progress.
“Going through the competition with Nick [Foles in Philadelphia], we knew both of us coming in that it was open competition and the best guy was going to win the job,” Vick said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “Pretty much cut and dry. This situation is different. It’s kind of unique. Even though it’s not an open competition, we’re both competing every day.”
Vick said he assumed that if all things were equal, Smith would hang onto his job. And while he’s not raising a stink about it, he’s not hiding his feelings either.
“It’s still tough right now…I won’t lie,” Vick said. “Because deep down you always want to be a starter. Hopefully that opportunity will come again one day and I’ve just got to keep working for it.”
The best situation for the Jets would be for Vick to play well enough to make Smith grow and improve to keep it that way. Having the young guy own the job is clearly the preference, but Vick gives them a Plan B they trust more than last year.