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Rex Ryan: Jets have a quarterback competition, no doubt

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After some mixed signals about the state of the quarterback competition in Jets camp, coach Rex Ryan has clarified things: Yes, Michael Vick is competing with Geno Smith to be the starter.

“There is competition, there’s no doubt,” Ryan said today.

Vick has been bending over backward to say that Smith is the starter. But that appears to be more a matter of Vick trying to be a good veteran teammate to the second-year Smith, rather than a real reflection of the state of the quarterback position. The reality is, Smith didn’t do enough as a rookie to earn a lock on the starting job, and Vick isn’t far enough removed from success as a starter for the Jets to treat him purely as a backup at this stage in his career.

Ryan didn’t say much about what Vick has to do to unseat Smith other than, “We’ll let it play out.” But suffice to say, if Vick looks better than Smith in training camp and the preseason, then Vick will be the starter in Week One. Even if Vick is insisting he wasn’t brought in to supplant Smith as the starter.

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  1. arrow43050 says: May 28, 2014 1:36 PM

    As it should be. Nothing wrong with the best guy getting the job. I hope Geno beats out Vick, but you gotta do whatever gives you the best chance of winning the next game.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: May 28, 2014 1:37 PM

    Outside of some pro bowl players, players with a lot of guaranteed money coming to them, everyone not in those categories is in competition.

  3. biggerballz says: May 28, 2014 1:38 PM

    it doesn’t matter they both suck

  4. mrpresident50 says: May 28, 2014 1:38 PM

    For the 12th year in a row the Jets have a QB competition.

    Jets are as attracted to bad QBs as Rex is attracted to nice toes.

  5. jjb0811 says: May 28, 2014 1:39 PM

    If you get beat out by a below average QB, Vick, then you’ll be out of the league in a year or 2.

  6. scoops1 says: May 28, 2014 1:41 PM

    Please Jesus….put this time on Hard Knocks

  7. cabul94 says: May 28, 2014 1:43 PM

    As of this point I have not idea what to expect from this QB competition but as a fan who attended Vick’s coming home party on MNF football against the skins back in the ’10 season I’d love to see Mike under center.

  8. r8rsfan says: May 28, 2014 1:43 PM

    They will both be starters for the Jets in 2014.

  9. whiteknightblackheart says: May 28, 2014 1:43 PM

    I want to hear about the Stephen Hill, Shaq Evans, David Nelson competition.

  10. ddarlak says: May 28, 2014 1:43 PM

    Does it really matter, it’s the JETS we’re talking about…

  11. kd75 says: May 28, 2014 1:46 PM

    Who plays the second half of the last preseason game to break their shoulder?

  12. tformation says: May 28, 2014 1:48 PM

    “Come on, Geno! Pulling for you, man!” said dog lovers everywhere. Including me.

  13. greymares says: May 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    Rex to Vick, Geno’s my QB. then they step on the field and Rex witnesses the GUN hanging out of Vick’s left shoulder. Of course we have a competition.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2014 1:54 PM

    “Don’t mind me, son, I’m just lil ol Mike Vick. Relax, nothing to worry about….”.

  15. coltzfan166 says: May 28, 2014 1:56 PM

    Maybe they should have just drafted Manziel while they had the chance.

  16. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 28, 2014 1:56 PM

    Yeah, I’d say Geno didn’t do enough. He threw 12 TDs, 21 interceptions, had multiple fumbles lost and was ranked 34th in QBs in a 32 team league.

    Geno did not perform well by any standard.

  17. captainwisdom8888 says: May 28, 2014 2:03 PM

    Since Vick has returned to the league after a very deserved prison sentence, he has truly acted like a professional and a gentleman. Every member of the Eagles would corroborate that Vick was a true leader, and while he worked very hard on becoming a better football player, I’d like to point out he made even more of an effort to better himself on a human level.

    The media was quick to crucify him years ago, and he deserved it, but why not take a moment to acknowledge that this guy has really turned his life around for the better?

  18. bricktop02 says: May 28, 2014 2:08 PM

    So Vick is starting?

  19. tictoccpthook says: May 28, 2014 2:09 PM

    The Jets talking points are much better than the Dolphins (Mike Pouncy’s mouth), the Bill’s (who owns us, where will we play in the future), and the Patriots (is it time for Brady to train his replacement). Looks like a good year for the Jets.

  20. bigblu73 says: May 28, 2014 2:14 PM

    Just because recent times have witnessed the success of instant impact rookie QB’s, that doesn’t diminish Smith’s value. He played like a average rookie, sometimes good more often bad. If in camp/pre-season he shows to have “made the next step” he deserves serious consideration to continue leading the team. However, if he at all shows to still lack accuracy and good decision making skills the door shall be opened. If history plays true to form, a motivated Mike Vick when fresh and healthy is nearly impossible to beat out in camp. You can ask Matt Schaub, Kevin Kolb, & Nick Foles how easy it easy to “outshine” MV7 in camp/pre-season. Rex is put in a precarious position, he is basically coaching for his job so if Vick wins over the locker room it would be a huge mistake to play Smith because “he’s the future”. Think about it, Morninwheg’s system was the rebirth of MV7, he has more experience in the system and deeper understanding of it. If I were Rex, I’d have to play my best available option. Period, End Of Story.

  21. tonyzendejas says: May 28, 2014 2:17 PM

    Vick may have turned his life around, but he’s become a worse football player. His claim to fame since getting out of prison has been getting destroyed due to the idiotic choices he likes to make mid-play.

  22. buffalo75vette says: May 28, 2014 2:19 PM

    It’s gonna be a train wreck once again..

  23. jrcoop says: May 28, 2014 2:23 PM

    It is likely this “confusion” will continue throughout the year, and that’s never a good thing with QB’s. It’s been said, two starting quarterbacks equals no starting quarterback.

  24. harrisonhits2 says: May 28, 2014 2:28 PM

    Patriots Nation will be more than happy to see Vick starting. He’s never done well against the Pats.

  25. trytobnimble says: May 28, 2014 2:32 PM

    Vick often shines in the summer camp. He’ll win the competition. How long he stays healthy is another question. Smith will likely be starting by the end of the season. Maybe the middle.

  26. 34defense2014 says: May 28, 2014 2:55 PM

    There were times last year I wondered what the Heck Geno was looking out? In my opinion he was so worried about throwing interceptions that it made him throw more? Or maybe he just sucks?

  27. weepingjebus says: May 28, 2014 2:56 PM

    They should go with Geno even if he has growing pains, Vick always breaks some ribs in game 6 trying to get on the highlight reels instead of throwing to a wide open receiver.

  28. themonkeyman says: May 28, 2014 2:58 PM

    Geno is a kid that needs reps to prove himself & get better.
    Mike Vick is a veteran & except for maybe 4-5 games in his entire career has proven over & over when the pressure is on, he cannot deliver. Again except for 4-5 games, this guy has always been extremely overrated.
    Ya have to give Geno the shot to improve, Vick is a back up at best.

  29. afcdomination says: May 28, 2014 3:19 PM

    I don’t know. Geno’s stat line in the NFL was a lot like most of the bowl game against Syracuse.
    34th out of 32 in a 32 team league. he was the worst starting QB in the NFL last season. Vick can easily beat him out.

  30. docr8der says: May 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    I just envision the Irony Gods at work as Sanchez takes Philly, after Foles has an injury, to the NFC Championship…
    The Jets deserve that much…

  31. RexCanCoach says: May 28, 2014 4:04 PM

    Of course Rex is going to tell the press its a competition.

    But in his mind its Geno’s job to lose. You will simply never, ever hear him say those words.

    No clue why media and fans getting worked up about this – Vick is riding the pine week #1 vs. Raiders unless or until Geno is injured, case closed.

  32. mc724 says: May 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    Basically, the jets have no quarterback, because both Vick and Geno Smith suck big time. Good luck Ryan. No playoffs for you, my man!

  33. bspurloc says: May 28, 2014 4:33 PM

    Start Sanchize

  34. slobberknocker says: May 28, 2014 4:38 PM

    competition

    That’s funny Rex!

  35. 1rockyracoon says: May 28, 2014 4:41 PM

    This is what you get when you have a coach who is trying to save his job. Vick may win a few more games, but in the long run it will not help the team. He is old and injury prone. Smith had a rough rookie season, but the team should find out this year if he has what it takes to be a starter.

  36. bamboozle99 says: May 28, 2014 5:26 PM

    Geno is the GM’s pick and he wants him to start. That’s all there is to this story. Everyone else is just playing nice.

  37. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 28, 2014 5:33 PM

    Joe Namath coming out of retirement is superior to the current quarterbacks!

  38. geniusesq says: May 28, 2014 5:45 PM

    Not surprised

  39. marcuswelby1 says: May 28, 2014 5:56 PM

    Doesn’t matter who starts for Jets, as long as Brady is starting for Pats the Jets will not finish higher than second, in the AFC East…period.

  40. A Different Mindset says: May 28, 2014 6:02 PM

    He said there’s competition, not a competition.

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