The New York Jets have an interesting situation at the quarterback position that needs to be settled before the regular season.
Mark Sanchez was released and is no longer in the picture, to the delight of Jets fans all over the world. Incumbent and second year pro Geno Smith had an inconsistent rookie 2013 campaign. The organization signed Michael Vick in free-agency and drafted Tajh Boyd in the sixth round of last week’s NFL Draft.
Jets quarterback legend Joe Namath sees Vick as the starter over Smith and the rookie Boyd and that he is the best option of the three.
“Of course, the coaches are going to decide who’s out there, but, boy, I don’t know any football fan that’s been around for nine or 10 years that doesn’t think Michael will be outstanding and probably is the best player at this time,” Namath said, via ESPN.
Namath adds that all that stands in the way for Vick being the best option is his health.
“If Mike’s healthy, I think he’s the better player at this point,” he said. “Now, Geno’s got some talent, no doubt, but we’ve obviously seen Michael and what he can do. To have some knowledge of [Marty Mornhinweg’s] offense, I think that’s an advantage, too, for Michael to make the transition. It’s a matter of how sound he is.”
Since Vick was taken with the first overall selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft, he’s only played a full season (16 regular season games) just once. So Namath is correct with his sentiments in that Vick needs to stay healthy. Maybe he can do that with the Jets.