Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Jets will give Michael Vick chance to start
By Todd Archer
Michael Vick left the Philadelphia Eagles in part because he wanted a chance to be a starting quarterback. The New York Jets have offered him that chance.
“It’s going to be really interesting to watch that competition unfold,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., “but Geno Smith is going to be hard to beat out.”
Ryan said Vick would have a chance to be the Jets’ starter in Week 1, which led to questions about who would take the first snaps when the team’s on-field activities start this spring. Ryan deflected all of them, returning to a theme that competition is a good thing.
Smith threw for 3,046 yards as a rookie with 12 touchdown passes, but he was intercepted 21 times.
When Vick first got together with New York offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg with the Eagles, he had his best season with 21 touchdown passes and six interceptions in 2010. Ryan said Vick’s background with Mornhinweg and the system will help him in competing for the job.
It’s been awhile since Vick was that good, but Ryan believes Vick has plenty of football left.
“First off, you’re getting a guy who’s a proven winner,” Ryan said. “He is a dynamic player.”
It will be an interesting time around the Jets, as always.