Thursday, May 29, 2014
Analyzing mixed messages and bad news
By Rich Cimini
No such thing as a dull day at One Jets Drive. A couple of thoughts on Wednesday's happenings:
1. The quarterback competition that might not be a competition: The irony here is that you actually have a player (Michael Vick) conceding a starting job and willingly (we think) accepting a backup role. How often does that happen? Vick is telling it like it is, not selling the company line. We all know the deal: Geno Smith is the preferred candidate and, barring injury or preseason meltdown, he will be the Week 1 starter. It seems pretty basic, but the Jets have muddied the situation because folks (mainly Rex Ryan) are fearful of saying the wrong thing, thus violating the Idzik Competition Commandment.
2. The real news of the day: Willie Colon's scheduled knee scope became a sidebar to the quarterback mess, but it's actually more significant in terms of its impact on the team. Colon wasn't participating in OTA practices anyway -- he's still rehabbing a surgically repaired biceps -- but now there's no chance of him returning by the June 17-19 minicamp. Look for him in training camp. This, of course, ruins any chance of Colon developing on-field chemistry with new right tackle Breno Giacomini. From a conditioning standpoint, Colon will be behind when he reports to camp because it will be difficult to do any kind of training as he recovers from upper- and lower-body injuries. The silver lining is that young players such as Oday Aboushi, William Campbell and others will see increased reps.