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 TheMMQB.com, 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.