Vick hints at the possibility of cameo appearances

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Two years ago, the Jets intended to use quarterback Tim Tebow as a change-of-pace option to Mark Sanchez.  It never happened, in large part because former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano had far less faith in Tebow’s skill set than Urban Meyer does.

Now that the Jets have a much better option behind the starter, the two-headed monster option becomes more viable, with Vick reprising the role he played during his first season with the Eagles, five years ago.

“When the time calls for it, I think the coaches will see fit that that’s put in,” Vick said after Thursday night’s preseason opener, via Dom Cosentino of

Vick’s wink-nod came after he seemed to suggest that shuttling the starter off the field isn’t a good idea.

“That disrupts the timing of the offense,” Vick said.  “I think it has to be done at the right time.  I experienced that in Philadelphia, with Donovan [McNabb] at times.  You want to go out there and let the quarterbacks get into a rhythm and not try to do too much.  I think that’s doing too much.”

During the 2009 preseason, McNabb showed signs or irritation at being removed in favor of Vick.  But Jets coach Rex Ryan firmly believes in the benefit of forcing opposing defenses to plan for two quarterbacks, since it dilutes the ability to truly focus on either.

If Vick is right, it wouldn’t be the first time that he has said more than perhaps the coached had wanted him to say.  In the offseason, when the Jets were trying to create the impression of an actual quarterback competition between Vick and Geno Smith, Vick kept saying that it wasn’t an open competition until the coaching staff eventually conceded that Smith would get the bulk of the first-team reps in practice.

28 responses to “Vick hints at the possibility of cameo appearances

  1. The Jets should have left him alone…he is over the hill, lost a step, and 14 years later STILL cant read a defense.

    He is a decent backup, but his ego wont let him realize thats all he will be the rest of his career. He cant admit that Foles straight outplayed him last season.

    The Jets should have drafted a backup instead of taking a chance on Vick. He brings too much drama.

  2. So far Vick seems to be saying all the right things and performing without controversy which is refreshing for the Jets. I’d still like to see him start a few games before he throws it in.

  3. Please stop making STUPID decisions front office people-and START VICK.He is above and beyond the better option.

  4. LOL every year Rex and the Jets troll the media with the idea of the backup quarterback coming in for “wildcat” or “change of pace” plays….then we see like 12 plays all year with the “wild cat” or “change of pace” plays lol nothing to see here

  5. as a jets fan i’m all about letting geno prove himself, but man, we got mike vick. say what you want about him, but there isnt a team in the league that would rather face geno smith instead of michael vick. not one. the jets haven’t had a qb good enough to win games by himself since vinny testeverde in 1998 season.

  6. Everybody say when you hear they call
    You’ve got to get it underway
    Word up, it’s the code word
    No matter where you say it
    You’ll know that you’ll be heard

  7. This is still a media-driven issue. Geno Smith is this team’s starter. He already looked more confident throwing the ball last night. Vick is still a good QB but he is the backup. End of story.

  8. Like father like son–Ryan is a defensive genius who is totally inept at managing the offensive side of the ball. As a kid I remember the Eagles having championship defenses and the offense being totally neglected/mishandled by his father. Same crap different toilet.

  9. Yeah. Defenses will go crazy trying to prepare for one QB who can run, but can’t pass and another who cannot do either.

    Playing the Jets is like Nyquill for opposing defensive coordinators. Best sleep they’ll ever get!

  10. Use a left handed running QB with a propensity to turn the ball over as a change up…Never heard of that before. What a novel idea.

  11. ncs115 says:
    Aug 8, 2014 8:21 AM
    Vick and Tebow still have the same amount of career playoff wins. Just saying….

    True…….But Vick made HISTORY with his 1 playoff victory!

    In case you didn’t know, Mike Vick is the 1st QB in NFL HISTORY to ever go to Lambeau Field and win a playoff game on the road, besting Brett Favre.

  12. there isnt a team in the league that would rather face geno smith instead of michael vick. not one.

    The Pats wouldn’t mind one bit. Believe Vick has never beaten them or done well against them.

  13. Doesn’t matter who starts at QB. Their skill players on offense don’t scare opposing defenses. The Jets will need to come up big on the plus side of turnovers in order to compete.

  14. “True…….But Vick made HISTORY with his 1 playoff victory!”

    BIG deal, what did he do with it?? Brett Favre wasn’t a great playoff QB either, he was a compiler. He would get there & had 2 SB appearances & one win. We didn’t know it at the time but Favre proved in the years after that loss that his best playoff performances were behind him.

    Mark Sanchez beat Brady & Peyton Manning in back to back weeks in one of his playoff runs. Thats also NFL HISTORY. What did Sanchez do with it? Same as Vick & Sanchez has a career 4-2 playoff record. Vick has been the most over hyped career playoff loser (2-3 playoff record) in NFL history.

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