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NY Jets signing of Michael Vick puts the spotlight on Geno Smith

Is Geno ready to take the next step?
Is Geno ready to take the next step?
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"Competition at every position." This has been John Idzik's mantra since the first day he stepped into his office as general manager of the New York Jets. The signing of quarterback Michael Vick follows Idzik's rule regarding competition as the veteran signal caller will push second-year player Geno Smith. How Smith reacts to Vick's presence will determine the futu re of not only Geno, but the New York Jets as well.

True competition?

Heading into training camp the New York Jets starting quarterback spot is Geno Smith's to lose. The Jets are hoping that Smith can build off of his rookie campaign and become the franchise quarterback that the team has been desperately searching for. In my opinion Geno Smith will have to completely self destruct in order to lose his job to Michael Vick. If Smith does struggle, then the team has a perfect contingency plan in Vick who can start for the short-term.

Vick is the perfect backup

Not since the days of Vinny Testaverde have the Jets had a proven backup quarterback that has ability to win games in a pinch. Vick has familiarity with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system from his days in Philadelphia and is still able to make some big plays with both his arm and legs. Michael Vick will also be a tremendous mentor for Geno Smith as he continues to learn the nuances of the NFL. What else could you really ask for out of a backup quarterback?

It's on you Geno

Michael Vick was not signed to save the New York Jets. Vick was signed as an insurance plan for Geno Smith. The Jets are facing some pressure to win in 2014 and are not willing to concede their season if Smith falters. Now it is up to Geno Smith to raise his game and take full control of his Jets team. Smith must improve his consistency and reduce his turnovers. Geno Smith must effectively manage an offense that will be supported by a potentially dominant defense. Smith must find a way to secure his starting quarterback position. Failure to do so could result in Gang Green looking for another franchise signal caller in 2015.