Philadelphia Eagles: Rex Ryan

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.

NFLN survey/popular coach: Eagles

January, 28, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- When asked what NFL coach besides Chip Kelly they would most like to play for, it’s probably not surprising that four of the 10 Philadelphia Eagles surveyed named the only other NFL head coach they have played for.

It’s a bit more surprising that Andy Reid (6.9 percent) was right there with John Fox (7.8), Rex Ryan (7.2) and Bill Belichick (6.9) in the league-wide NFL Confidential survey conducted by

Seattle’s boisterous Pete Carroll, named by 22.5 percent of players, was at the top of the poll. Pittsburgh’s consistently successful Mike Tomlin (13.8 percent) was second. Denver’s Fox was third.

Kelly, the Eagles’ first-year head coach, was named by two of the 320 players surveyed. That tied him with Miami’s Joe Philbin, among others. That probably says more about Kelly’s brief NFL tenure, so far, than anything else.

Among Eagles, Belichick was the only coach other than Reid to receive multiple votes. Two players named the three-time Super Bowl winner.