Jets QB Mike Vick admitted yesterday that he’s disappointed that he’s no longer one of the NFL’s starting quarterbacks as he prepares for the 2014 season.
“I think, at times, it does hurt deep down that I’m not in that group [of the 32 starting QBs in the NFL],” Vick said Wednesday (NFL Network, June 4).
While there might not be an open competition for the starting quarterback spot in New York, all eyes will be on Geno Smith as he enters training camp as the team’s de facto starter. Indications are that the Jets coaches want Vick to push Smith and that the job is Smith’s to lose more than Vick’s to gain.
“Everything happens for a reason, and maybe it’s time for me to just kind of sit back and kind of appreciate what I’m going through now to make me a better quarterback in the future.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comEvery NFL superstar’s career has the same trajectory and it would seem that Vick is in the midst of reconciling the reality of the situation with his hopes. We think that part of the reason that Vick took his time at the outset of free agency was that he was unable to find a starting job and so he then picked what he perceived the best fit for him, whatever that might mean.
The Jets were wise to not rush the matter in signing Vick, but now they have him under contract for the next year and if they so desire to let him see the field, he represents a better backup quarterback than the team has had in quite a long time.
Brian Bassett: It all comes down to ball security. (TJB, May 26)