It is no secret that the Jets enjoy bringing in high-profile players in an attempt to revive their franchise, and receive solid, positive leadership in the locker room. In 2008, the Jets courted QB Brett Favre into a one-year campaign, and just this year traded for QB Tim Tebow, who is reportedly on his way out of town at this season’s end.
Jets QB Mark Sanchez has proven himself to be one of the most consistently terrible quarterbacks over the past four NFL seasons. Sanchez has never shown even a glimmer of confidence in his game, and dawns an embarrassing 72.0 passer rating for his four-year career.
Sources close to Vick reportedly stated that the QB would not want to play for the Jets if Sanchez is still on the team. Vick wants only to be a starter and understandably has no interest in signing anywhere as a backup.
I don’t think there is any chance that Vick will enter the 2013 season as a backup. Vick still has such incredible abilities, and with a strong offensive line he can again be one of the league’s premier quarterbacks.
There is also a good chance that Vick will wait to sign until University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly decides if he is going to pounce on an NFL head coaching job when offered. This match made in heaven looks to be highly promising, with Vick’s mobility being combined with Kelly’s fast-paced spread attack.
I have no doubt that Kelly will receive at least one NFL job offer this off-season, as he already declined a head coaching gig with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
I also think that it would be a great situation for both Vick and Kelly if they team up. Vick gives Kelly an explosive, veteran presence at quarterback, while Kelly gives Vick a fresh environment and another chance at greatness.
While Vick will likely have several jobs to choose from this off-season, the quarterback’s number one requirement should be a team with a competitive, capable offensive line.
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