The New York Jets have made another big splash in free agency by signing quarterback Michael Vick. He is one of, if not the best dual-threat quarterback of all time. The Jets released Mark Sanchez to make room for Vick. Despite this signing, second-year quarterback Geno Smith should still be the Jets’ starter next season.
Smith had an up and down rookie season. He was near the top of the league in turnovers, but showed flashes of brilliance. He also had no weapons to work with. The Jets’ best receiver last year was Jeremy Kerley, who had 523 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jets have already brought back a tight end who Smith seemed to have some chemistry with, Jeff Cumberland. They also landed a big receiver in Eric Decker, who had more than double the yards Kerley had in 2013. Decker also hauled in 11 touchdowns and will be the Jets’ definite No. 1 receiver in 2014.
Vick has only played one full season in his entire NFL career back in 2006. He lost his job to Nick Foles last year after he started seven games. Coming into this summer, it was clear he would be the best quarterback on the free-agent market.
With all this being said, it makes more sense for Smith to be the starter for the Jets. He is younger and has familiarity with the Jets’ offense. If the Jets are really looking to improve, they most have continuity with their players. That means Smith should be the starter no matter what Vick’s plans are.