After benching quarterback Geno Smith the second time this past Sunday (Oct. 26), the New York Jets have named a new starter — Michael Vick.
As the sit two up from the bottom in the AFC rankings, they make a move in an attempt to turn things around before the season ends… benching the struggling Smith in favor of the 34-year-old Vick, who will start this upcoming Sunday (Nov. 2) against the Kansas City Chiefs.
So far, coach Rex Ryan has not clarified if the move is permanent, saying he’s concerned only about this week.
“This is not looking long term, this is about the immediate,” Ryan said. “My focus is on Kansas City and finding a way to get a win. That’s why this decision was made.”
Smith was named the starter as a rookie and has compiled a 9-15 record. With Vick starting Sunday, it will be the first time in Geno’s career, he won’t be starting. He was pulled from Sunday’s 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills, after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter.
This week, the young QB expressed frustration and disappointment over the decision, but said he supports Vick, whom he considers a mentor. He also told ESPN that “without a doubt” he still can become a franchise-caliber quarterback.