We can call it the rookie jitters if you’d like, or we can just chalk it up to the fact that New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is young and inexperienced. Heck, many are going to just say that Smith isn’t an NFL quarterback and that the team should toss the towel in on him now. Whatever you want to say about that situation is fine, but that’s not what the Jets should be focused on currently.
Right now, the Jets should be focused on Michael Vick.
Vick is saying the right things when he calls himself the backup and saying that there’s “no quarterback competition”, but we all know that he wants that job in the back of his mind, and he wants it bad. Any quarterback in his situation would. He lost his job mainly due to injuries with the Philadelphia Eagles, and knows that he can still play this game at a high level.
The Jets had a good offseason, bringing in Vick as well as wide receivers Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford. Now it’s time to let Vick use those two new targets as well as their 2014 draft pick, tight end Jace Amaro.
I’ll say it now: the connection of Vick to Decker may end up being one of the more underrated in the NFL if Vick gets the chance to start. Pairing that up with the option to throw a bomb to Ford is a pretty scary thought as well. The Jets say that they’re in “win-now” mode, but Smith just isn’t the guy who can get them to where they want to be.
Vick is more than just capable; he’s got pure talent, and it’s the kind of talent that New York has been craving. Smith had some solid games last year for the Jets, but I don’t believe it would hinder his growth in any way to learn from Vick. The biggest thing that the Jets should worry about is how Smith would handle it if he actually was beaten out by Vick in training camp or the preseason.
Smith had just 12 touchdowns, threw 21 interceptions, fumbled eight times and was sacked 43 times in 2013, so it’s obvious that he needs time instead of being thrown into the fire. Vick may have taken his fair share of hits both on and off the field, but he’s not done yet at age 33, and he’s ready to show New York and the rest of the NFL that he’s got plenty left in the tank.