The New York Jets turned a lot of heads when they signed Michal Vick in the offseason. It was a move that made a lot of sense for the Jets, but in hindsight may not of been the best move for Vick.
The 34-year-old veteran is not the same player he used to be. During his time with the Atlanta Falcons, early on in his career, the guy was electric. He had one of the best arms — if not the best — in the NFL and he was one of the fastest players on the field. Vick was a star with the Falcons, his jersey was flying off the shelf and everyone wanted to play just like him. He made it cool to run around and scramble in the pocket — it was a lot of fun to watch.
Father time caught up with Vick mixed with a few bad decisions and now he is heading toward the end of his career. After a great season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, Vick’s game began to slow and his throwing accuracy began to decline. Vick lost his job in 2013 to Nick Foles after an injury and he found himself without a job at the end of the season, and that was when he decided to join the Jets.
After the Jets Week 3 game against the New York Giants, the team decided that it was going to name Geno Smith the starting quarterback. With the news, it spells the end of Vick and his opportunity to start with the Jets. Even though Vick said he is “comfortable” being a backup to Smith, he is only saying the right things to hide the true fact that he came to the Jets to be the starter. Vick also said that he believes the Jets need to “win now” which is pretty much code for: the best quarterback to lead this team is me, the veteran, and not a second year player.
Vick may never get his chance to see the field as a member of the green and white if Smith takes the starting job and runs with it — which I fully expect him to do.
Now that Smith was named the starter for the Jets it’s safe to say that Vick was better off signing with a team like the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans or Oakland Raiders, as they are three teams that opted to go for a veteran quarterback as their starter.
I’m sure that Vick will help Smith and be a great mentor to him during the 2014 season, but it’s not what he signed up for. The Jets are happy Vick is there to push Smith and make him a better quarterback, but even though Vick will continue to say the right things, deep down inside he wants to be the starter.