Good Afternoon All-
Long time reader, first time poster here at GGN. I figured I would post something for the first time to share my feelings on the hottest topic of the offseason for the jets- the QB competition. The more time I spend looking at various media outlets and fans’ comments, the more I see that most people are taking a firm stance on either side of the debate. It seems for the most part the consensus is we either HAVE to start Geno, or we HAVE to start Vick. I think a topic that is much less debated (or maybe it’s just me who thinks this way), is HOW the Jets come to name a starter.
I think we can all agree that it’s clear that the Jets want Geno to be the guy. We can’t blame them. Young kid, showed a lot of potential, and now has some experience to work off of. That being said, the Jets wanted Geno to be the guy last year, and I don’t know that he was necessarily ready to be. All offseason it was a back and forth battle between him and Sanchez, and late into the preseason I think the feeling was Sanchez would give us the best chance in 2013. The Jets’ decision to play Sanchez late in that week 3 preseason game with mostly 3rd string players proved to me at least that they wanted Geno to start regardless of the competition. There was very few scenarios where Sanchez playing with the 3rd stringers would produce positive results, and his poor play would justify giving Geno the starting job. Flash forward to 2014 and the Jets are faced with a similar scenario: a young Geno smith against a veteran QB with some success in his career.
Earlier this week, Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg confirmed that Geno would enter camp as QB1, which is okay with me. I just hope that this competition is a fair one, and not rigged for our young QB. In other words, I hope that Vick gets enough reps in camp, and that he gets equal and fair playing time in the preseason. Remember, if Vick wins the job, it doesn’t necessarily mean the end for Geno. He still has all the potential in the world, and some young QBs benefit from sitting on the bench behind a veteran (See Aaron Rogers). As I said when the jets acquired Vick, it is a very good signing IF the jets set up the competition fairly. If Vick gives us the better chance to win, he needs to be the guy. If Geno can beat him out, even better, it’ll give him even more confidence going into the season. Again, its not about who wins the competition, its about HOW they win it