Sunday, August 10, 2014
Vick, Geno discuss Wildcat potential
By Jeremy Philipson
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan hasn’t ruled out the possibility of using quarterback Michael Vick in a situational role, perhaps in the Wildcat.
Vick got a taste of it with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, replacing Donovan McNabb, and he didn't mince words when asked how it worked. “It didn’t last long,” he said Sunday, not sounding particular enthused about the prospect of doing it again.
Vick believes that using a second quarterback requires a delicate balance, as to not disrupt the rhythm of the game.
"Guys get into rhythms, and you want to continue that rhythm,” Vick said after practice. “There’s a time and place for it -- whether it’s third down, whether it’s short yardage, whether it’s the red zone. There’s a time when you can do it and be effective."
Geno Smith sounded more optimistic about using Vick situationally, claiming his rhythm wasn’t disrupted by the use of the Wildcat last season.
"I don’t think so. I never even thought about it to tell you the truth,” Smith said. “I think it helped us. It kept us on schedule many times, and it’s something that we used quite frequently, if I can remember, and I think it was pretty successful.”
Smith said Vick offers a lot as a change-of-pace quarterback.
“That’s the reason why the coaches like these dual-threat quarterbacks and guys who can run and can pass because you give the defense a lot to look at and you can’t just play the run or pass on a certain down and distance,” he said. “You’ve got to play both, and it’s very hard to do that.”
The Jets ran the most Wildcat plays in the NFL last season, using the formation on 38 snaps, per ESPN Stats and Info. However, this could all be a ploy on Ryan’s part, forcing opposing teams to game-plan for the Wildcat.