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.