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Vick was told from the get-go he wouldn’t be the starter


Jets quarterback Mike Vick has worked hard to not cause trouble.  That could change, now that the trouble has come, courtesy of the Jets’ coaching staff.

According to, some Jets coaches “have privately expressed disappointment that Vick didn’t show up more hell-bent on winning the starting job.”

There’s a very good reason for that.  Per a source close to Vick, the Jets told Vick in clear and unambiguous terms when Vick signed with the team that Geno Smith would remain the starter.

“Disappointment in what?” the source said.  “That he didn’t play along with the charade?”

That’s a reference to Vick’s decision to insist publicly that the supposed “open competition” was rigged for Smith.  Apparently, the Jets wanted to falsely boost Smith’s confidence by creating the impression that he beat Vick out in a fair-and-square competition.  Vick opted not to go along with that.

The source adds that Vick “worked his ass off” from Day One, and that he has done exactly what the team wanted from the standpoint of mentoring and helping Smith.

Really, what else should Vick have done?  Should he have publicly claimed that he’s the better player?  That the team should rethink its plan to hand the starting job to Smith?

More recently, Vick has said that the Jets won’t have much patience with Smith.  Maybe Vick should be even louder and more candid with that thought, if for no reason other than to create the impression that he’s “hell-bent” on sending Smith to the bench.

Maybe the quotes from unnamed Jets coaches flow from the frustration that Vick didn’t go along with the ruse.  Regardless, Vick should interpret the comments as an open invitation to quit helping Smith keep the job and to start affirmatively wresting it from him.

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52 Responses to “Vick was told from the get-go he wouldn’t be the starter”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 22, 2014 5:01 PM

    This drama is nonsense. Vick doesn’t need this pressure or aggravation, that’s for starters and those asked to compete to be starters.

  2. mackcarrington says: Aug 22, 2014 5:02 PM

    Mike Vick has already lived a life of lies and deception. And he knows what it’s like to pay a hard price for it. He seems to know what to do with a second chance.

  3. floratiotime says: Aug 22, 2014 5:04 PM

    He should get some snaps in tonight’s Jets Superbowl though.

  4. hockeykrishna says: Aug 22, 2014 5:04 PM


    Cue the Circus Music!

  5. sportsfan18 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:05 PM

    Such a professional operation they have there…

  6. bubbybrisket says: Aug 22, 2014 5:06 PM

    Then why are a few coaches mad about Vick not making a push for the starting job?

  7. gofor2with3pointlead says: Aug 22, 2014 5:08 PM

    Aw crap, here we go, the circus is back in town. Did it ever really leave?

  8. gopblows says: Aug 22, 2014 5:10 PM

    Jets staff must be Republicans.

  9. robrocker1959 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:10 PM

    Hahaha! Joke! Dude, Vick isn’t a Quarterback who wants to hone his craft. He only wants to stay in the League as long as he can so he can boost his pension. The dude has jacked and gamed every organization he has played for/with. He is a big disappointment. Matt Schaub said it best. Mike was not a student of the game in Atlanta. The guy can’t read defenses can’t check off and if his laser primary receiver is covered and the RB isn’t open for a swing pass he runs. When the guys legs are gone so is he. He’s gonna laugh to the bank every month his pension check comes in the mail

  10. billswillnevermove says: Aug 22, 2014 5:11 PM

    He should start, because that other 1st string QB is a bust….you know, the one that cried and carried on last year when he wasn’t taken in the 1st round. Manuel will even turn out better than Geno Bust Smith.

  11. schmitty2 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:13 PM

    Tebow, Buttfumbler, qb controversy with a convicted felon. Someone in Hollywood needs to step up and make a movie about this.

  12. jolink653 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:14 PM

    The fact that they had to create the illusion of a QB completion to motivate their starter should say it all about Geno. An NFL player shouldn’t need the threat of losing his job to play as hard as he can, and they tried the same thing with Sanchez. At some point you have to point the finger at the organization

  13. gopblows says: Aug 22, 2014 5:16 PM


    This from a Guy with Zero playoff wins with Andre Johnson and Arian Foster.

  14. skoobyfl says: Aug 22, 2014 5:17 PM

    Is there flying monkeys at that circus, I like flying monkees.

  15. chrisk61 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:24 PM

    jets are a mess. vick is a shot qb. and geno may not be an nfl qb.

    besides that, everything is fine in jets-land.

    those 2 afc champ gm seasons seem like decades ago.

    well, to be fair, i guess their defense has improved.

  16. whiteknightblackheart says: Aug 22, 2014 5:24 PM

    what, is Pettine back in the locker room? “Unnamed sources” in “private disclosures” equals desperate beat writers trying to drum up a non-story in a big market. Nothing to see here folks, move along. This whole fiasco could be better described not as a circus but as an employee being hired to do a job and being good at it. SMH….

  17. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Aug 22, 2014 5:25 PM

    The Jets pulled the same shenanigans with Tebow. Brought him in and kept him on the bench just to boost Sanchez’ confidence.

  18. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears, and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view says: Aug 22, 2014 5:38 PM

    When you pray at night, thank the Steelers for creating the game of football, and pray that they can save it. Amen.

  19. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:41 PM

    If the basis of this drama is true, it’s clear that the coaching staff and Vick just don’t get it. The coaches should never have told him that he would not be the starter and Vick should not have simply gone through the motions. The goal is to win and in order to do that you must put the best players (with the best chemistry) on the field. The coaches wanted to play politics so feelings wouldn’t get hurt and Vick likely half-assed it because he was only going to be the back up. Neither scenario puts the best team on the field.

  20. charmcitychampions says: Aug 22, 2014 5:46 PM

    How do you spell locker room cancer. V-I-C-K. Guy is only out to submarine Geno and get a chance to showcase what is left of his rapidly declining skills for his next team. He will be playing the press all season until he becomes the starter. Jets FO blew it BIG TIME signing him. Should have made a play for a Josh McCown or somebody who knows that they are a #2 and is out to actually help the team.

  21. jhorton83 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:48 PM

    So let me get this straight. The coaching staff is upset that Vick didn’t pretend to compete for a job that they had already told him he had no chance of winning. Yep, sounds like typical Jets dysfunction.

  22. weepingjebus says: Aug 22, 2014 5:50 PM

    The Jets trying to play mindgames with someone is like an ant trying to scale a skyscraper.

  23. bleedrangerblue says: Aug 22, 2014 5:51 PM

    Steelers like the view because they are high. Freeze your under arrest!!

  24. raidermick3sb3rings says: Aug 22, 2014 5:51 PM

    It does not matter who you roll out there on Sept 7th. In the first 5 plays, the Jets QB will go down and he will go down hard! Next VICKtum up!

    Wait until you see the “NASCAR” formation we deploy at times on “D” – It’s scary good and there is nothing you can do to stop it!

    Plus, the Jets just plain suck!

    Raiders 1-0

  25. larams2016 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:55 PM

    Rex deserves a lifetime contract.

  26. pacificdan says: Aug 22, 2014 6:05 PM

    The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears, and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it’s lonely at the top, but we sure like the view

    You’re the poor mans Logicalvoice. You should switch games because your not even in his league.

  27. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 22, 2014 6:08 PM

    If Vick ever wants to start for another team, there’s no way in hell he could allow them to create the impression he lost a competition to Geno Smith.

  28. amy says: Aug 22, 2014 6:17 PM

    Welcome to the Jets organization, that’s how they roll.

  29. fordmandalay says: Aug 22, 2014 6:28 PM


  30. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:31 PM

    Jets management is repulsive. Liars!

  31. morr24 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:51 PM

    Prediction: Vick will soon be starting because Smith is simply not very good. Vick will then get hurt after a couple of games. Can you say déjà vu………been, seen that….

  32. j0esixpack says: Aug 22, 2014 6:57 PM

    To be fair, it’s been a LONG time since Wrecks Ryan had any credibility with his players….

    His guarantee that they would win the Super Bowl with Sanchez at the helm…

    Then his 2nd guarantee when it didn’t happen the first time…

    Then his guarantee that Sanchez would always be the starting QB as long as he was head coach…

    At this point even the Jets players know that they can’t believe anything their Head Coach says

    All that being said, I hope Woody Johnson gives Wrecks a 10 year extension, just for the entertainment factor of the rest of the NFL

  33. jdrewsy says: Aug 22, 2014 6:59 PM

    Could be worse. He could be competing against Johnny “Clipboard” Manziel!!!

  34. 1mommicked1 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:00 PM

    Not a big jets fan but let’s be honest, the jets have proven over the last 10 years that as an organization, they don’t have a good decision-making aptitude related to QB’s. Including not letting tebow play while sanchez stunk up the place. Now Vick is the better player while geno smith is stinking up the place

  35. seabreezes51 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:02 PM

    Sanchez, in the meantime, is getting reborn in Philly…

  36. Silver and Black attack says: Aug 22, 2014 7:13 PM

    Well if anybody has watched Vick at all in his career you can easily assume that even on his worst day he is far and away better than Geno’s not even close.

  37. tedmurph says: Aug 22, 2014 7:21 PM

    Typical Jets. one hand doesn’t know what the other’s doing.

  38. dalcow4 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:28 PM

    What a mess of a team. They won’t win five games, and finally Rex will be out.

  39. midwestmindset2014 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:55 PM

    The Jets should be called the “The Real Housewives of the NFL”. Every year is this silly dramatic cat fight.

  40. j0esixpack says: Aug 22, 2014 7:59 PM

    dalcow4 says: What a mess of a team. They won’t win five games, and finally Rex will be out.


    Noooooooo! Wrecks and the Jets are like the Washington Generals of the NFL. You don’t want to lose the circus clown factor that entertains so many non-NY fans!!!

    Here’s hoping he goes 8-8 – perhaps even winning a game against the Patriots in the closest thing they get to a Super Bowl – and Woody Johnson gives Wrecks a long term contract

    (Anyone notice that the resident boisterous Jets fans here are pretty quiet on this one?)

  41. justafan2014 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:07 PM

    Vick was the real revolution to qb’s in the nfl.. When it didn’t fit the mold, they ousted him. Common in every single aspect of life, call for change, but nit pick it once it’s happened.

    Keep it real losers, behind every successful man is a pack of haters.

  42. steelbreeze676 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:28 PM

    They tried to create a competition for a position because it always makes people at that position better.

    Which is smart. They just got in a pickle because it’s also unfair to tell Vick he has a chance if he doesn’t… that could easily become destructive emotionally if he actually had played better.

    Coaches did the right thing. I’m a Patriots fan through and through, but I’ll be honest if Belichick ever left I’d love to have Rex Ryan. I played football in high school and college and he’s the kind of guy you want to play for. His loyalty never seems to get reported, but if you’re looking for it – it’s there on an extremely honorable level. And the guy is a great coach not realizing his potential because he’s got a terrible owner.

  43. cosmicconvoy says: Aug 22, 2014 8:50 PM

    Vick outsmarted the Jets but that’s not saying much.

  44. Mr.Wonderful22 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:00 PM

    It took all offseason for the media to create a controversy with the Jets. They’re slipping.

  45. ballreaper says: Aug 22, 2014 10:38 PM

    The JETS are truly a MESS Now there is this breaking story you can read on NFL .com that says poor Vick was now LIED to AFTER he sign his contract . Which says the so call QB competition was ALREADY RIGGED in Geno smith favor .

    Vick is better than alot of Qb’s starting in this league . So It made absolutely no sense that he now backup a guy that he is MILES better than,, It seems Vick AGENT is asleep at the wheel . He should be trying to get his client OUT OF THERE( unless the jets brass is even more vindictive to prevent that too) ,,

    One thing with Vick it doesn’t matter if its the west coast offense with andy reid or a chip Kelly offense, He is that talented and show he can ADAPT and play in any style you put in front of him,So it doesn’t matter what type of OFFENSE you run.

    WE know who the teams are that could use him and should get on the phone,,It doesn’t matter if he give you 9 ..10 GAMES he makes you RELEVANT,,And you never know he did play pretty much a full season for the eagles a few seasons ago.

  46. jayovalentine says: Aug 23, 2014 2:11 AM

    Maybe Vick believed the fools for their word that he would just be a back up ?…

  47. courtjester1234 says: Aug 23, 2014 6:28 AM

    well if you are any sort of a Jets fan, you should appreciate what he would that make Geno Smith a better QB if the competition he thought was real was really a bad dream…like Jerry Jones becoming the owner of a football team. WHATA SCARY THOUGHT

  48. guypatsfan says: Aug 23, 2014 6:48 AM

    Well, that’s one less team the Patriots have to worry about.

  49. unlimitedcriticism says: Aug 23, 2014 8:32 AM

    Thank god for the Jets.
    -Bills, Dolphins, & Patriots

  50. toybkshr says: Aug 23, 2014 9:08 AM

    Never been a Vick fan, but glad he’s lookin a lot better than that bunch of buffoon’s known as the “Jets Staff”

  51. j0esixpack says: Aug 23, 2014 10:04 AM

    Say what you want, but having Wrecks create a sham of a “competition” to boost Smith’s confidence makes a whole lot more sense than what they did to boost Sanchez’s confidence (after undermining it by bringing in Tebow)

    That approach cost them a $58 million contract extension for Sanchez – which looks downright hilarious today!

  52. richndc says: Aug 23, 2014 10:27 AM

    File this in the “ain’t my fault” category with 10 million other things he has been involved in. All you defending him constantly, calling everyone else “haters” “racists” “dog nuts” I just really do wonder if any of you are smart enough to see a pattern with this guy??? Seriously? Oh, I get it. you believe what you believe based on your ‘gut’ or ‘what you know is true’ rather than real evidence or behavior. Just like every bigot ever born. Deal with that kids.

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