The New York Jets have been criticized during free agency for the lack of urgency in signing playmakers. With the potential to add DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick to the team, the organization is trying to showcase a commitment to winning.
The Jets finished the 2013 season ranking 31st in passing yards, and the objective for the offseason was to find Geno Smith weapons that could help him improve on his 190.4 passing yards per game average. Signing the former wide receiver Eric Decker was a step in the right direction, but it wasn’t going to solve any of the glaring problems for the passing attack. Decker is not a premiere receiver, and the Jets still need to find a target to help Smith move the ball down the field.
Signing a quarterback to be the potential starter for the 2014 season does not seem to be a vote of confidence in the abilities of Smith, but the Jets have spun it to say that Vick could be a mentor to the young signal caller and he could add a spark of competition as well. What this potential move really means, however, is that the Jets want to win now. Even with his injury history, Vick would provide a jolt to the offense that could help the team make a run into the playoffs.
Even if the Jets plan on starting Smith, the addition of the former quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles may just be bait to attract his old teammate Jackson. Vick and Jackson have proven to be a lethal duo, and the Jets would finally have an explosive quarterback and a top wide receiver.
Sadly for Vick and Jackson, this move is more likely to create a media circus than it is to help them reach a Super Bowl. The pairing would be the most scrutinized duo for the Jets since the Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez saga. Anything less than a playoff appearance would be considered a failure, and a losing season could finally begin the end of the Rex Ryan era with the Jets. If Vick struggles or becomes injured, an immediate quarterback controversy would emerge.
If this move works out, everyone in the organization will look like a genius. If not, sports journalists will have material for months.