Geno Smith hasn’t broken the tie between Rex Ryan and Mike Vick on the question of whether there’s a true quarterback competition in New York. Smith didn’t have to; offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg did it.
“There is competition,” Mornhinweg said, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year [between Smith and Mark Sanchez], where everything was 50-50. We’re trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go. It’s just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations.”
In other words, it’s not a competition. But they wanted Geno to think it was a competition, so that he would, you know, compete.
With Vick saying on at least three occasions that it’s not a true competition, the Jets needed to find a way to turn the page on an issue that wasn’t going to go away, because Vick wasn’t going to stop talking about it until the Jets were as honest about it as he was.
To summarize, Geno will be the starter, and the Jets will prepare Vick to play in the event Geno plays like he did for large chunks of his rookie season.