Does former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have a chance to start for the Jets or does he not?
Vick’s New York Jets coaches keep telling the media that Vick and Geno Smith are in an open competition for the Jets’ quarterback job, and Vick keeps saying there is no competition, that Smith won the job.
Neither coach Rex Ryan or offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has named Smith the starter.
Ryan said Wednesday, according to a report at NJ.com: “There is competition. There’s no doubt. We’ve got two guys who are really pushing to be a starting quarterback.”
Ryan made his remarks after the second day of Jets OTAs.
“It’s not closed competition,” he said, feigning seriousness, according to NJ.com.
The website report then said Ryan’s tone then returned to normal as he added, “There’s competition. I don’t mean to make light of it, but in a way I think I should because it’s the second day of OTAs and we have these questions.
“One thing we know for certain: The guy that we think will give us the best opportunity to win will be there.”
Ryan was asked why Vick, who signed a one-year contract with the Jets in March, continues to say that it’s not a competition, Ryan said only, “I don’t know.”
Despite Ryan’s assurances, later Wednesday, Vick said, “Nah, it’s not an open competition.”
“I knew what I was getting into when I got here,” Vick added. “It’s everything I expected. I’m having fun with the guys.”
On May 22, Vick said to NJ.com: “Even though it’s not an open competition, we’re both competing every day.”
“It’s still tough right now. I won’t lie,” he said. “Deep down, you always want to be a starter, you always feel like you’re a starter, and that’s just the competitive nature in me. Hopefully, that opportunity will come again one day. I’ve just got to keep working for it.”
On May 3: “Geno’s the starting quarterback for that football team,” Vick said to NJ.com.
Maybe Vick is trying to encourage Smith or help himself deal with a role he wishes he didn’t have to accept. Maybe Ryan is trying to motivate both quarterbacks. Maybe there’s been a true breakdown in communication. Either way, the drama continues at Jets camp.