New York Jets fans are used to watching their team with a sub-par quarterback. The Jets haven’t had a true long term “franchise” quarterback since Joe Namath.
According to the Star-Ledgar, Mike Vick’s first official visit will be with the New York Jets.
The Jets are coming off an 8-8 season in which rookie quarterback Geno Smith was their starter for all 16 games. Smith was drafted by the Jets in the second round in last year’s draft. Smith had no Marino like rookie season by any stretch of the imagination with 12 touchdowns 21 interceptions and a 66.5 passer rating, but Smith did somehow win eight football games with this putrid offense. Many Jets fans still aren’t Smith believers. But in all fairness to Smith, it was just his first season and he deserves the “rookie pass.”
With an unproven 23 year old Geno Smith, a Mark Sanchez that continues to get worse, and an undrafted 25 year old Matt Simms currently on their roster, is it possible the Jets are going to have four mediocre quarterbacks?
Vick is a second rate quarterback at best that can’t stay healthy. He’s a former No. 1 overall pick that relies heavily on his legs to make plays more than his arm. In 11 seasons, Vick has failed to pass for 3,500 yards in a season even one time; his career high is 3,303 in 2011. In a league where quarterbacks are passing for 4,000 yards like it’s nothing and 5,000 yards becoming the new benchmark, this is absolutely horrid. Because of Vick’s high speed and great athletic ability, he has always been injured. Vick has only played one full season, in 2006 when he led the Atlanta Falcons to a 7-9 record.
This NFL draft has quarterback talent. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel may just be available come No. 18 overall for the Jets. Unlikely, but possible. A.J. McCarron, a two time BCS National Champion, is also entering the draft. Even Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortes have shown flashes. This is not a good free agency to find a quarterback when a 33 year old injury prone Michael Vick is the best option.
The Jets would be better off sticking with Smith as their starting quarterback than choosing Vick as their starter. I don’t think Smith is elite or even Pro Bowl caliber, but if you draft a quarterback in the second round you should give him a chance to succeed, or fail. Vick has already voiced his opinion to be a starting quarterback, so it’s start or bust for Vick. That’s why he’s not in Philadelphia right now, even as a backup. If the Jets were to bring in Vick, they would have to completely regress and rebuild their offense for Vick.
At 33 years old and countless injuries, Vick is not the answer for the Jets. They would be wise to stick with the Geno Smith experiment or look at the upcoming draft for their starting quarterback.