The New York Jets are now the proud owners of the biggest free agency signing in 2014 with quarterback Michael Vick.
Releasing quarterback Mark Sanchez was not a surprise. He had his shot to the be the starting quarterback for the Jets, and with Geno Smith drafted in 2013, the departure of Sanchez seemed imminent. The Jets ranked 31st in passing yards in 2013, and big changes obviously needed to be made. With the addition of Vick, every Jets fan is wondering who will be the starting quarterback in 2014.
When Tim Tebow was brought in, it was supposed to be a motivation for Sanchez. Obviously that didn’t have much of an effect. With Sanchez struggling, everyone was left scratching their heads and wondering why Tebow wasn’t being played. Tebow only had eight passing attempts for the Jets in 2012, and he finished his career for Rex Ryan with 39 passing yards and 102 rushing yards.
The former Heisman Trophy winner was never really given a chance, and his signing became one of the most puzzling moves ever made in the NFL.
Vick has obviously proven himself to be an explosive player who can torment defenses every Sunday. His mechanics are not always the best, but the former quarterback for the Eagles is one of the most exciting players to watch. He will need more weapons than just Eric Decker in order to be successful with his new team, and the Jets will need to address that immediately.
While this move may help the Jets in the short term by adding depth, it will undoubtedly create huge issues down the line. It doesn’t matter what Smith is told. He will obviously feel the pressure from this move, and it could ruin his confidence. If Vick becomes the starter but can’t click with the offense, the Jets will have to decide whether to bench him or let him to continue to try and build rapport with his new offense.
At the first signs of struggle, fans will be screaming for Ryan to put Smith in. Even if Vick can provide some type of mentoring to Smith, this move is a disaster waiting to happen.