On Friday, TheMMQB.com reported that unnamed Jets coaches were disappointed that quarterback Mike Vick wasn’t more “hell-bent” on winning the starting job. A source close to Vick blasted the idea that Vick even had a chance to win the job, no matter what he did.
After Friday night’s game against the Giants, Vick said that his coaches had no issues with his effort.
“That’s not true; that’s not true at all,” Vick said, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “Me and my coaches, we have great conversations, we have a different dialogue, and that was far from the case. So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious. You’ve got to come up with better stories that that. There’s better things to talk about.”
The Jets pushed the idea after Vick signed that he’d compete with Geno Smith for the starting job, in the same way that Vick and Nick Foles competed for the starting job in Philly a year ago. Vick, however, was told from the outset that Smith would be the starter.
Vick may have ruffled some feathers by opting for honesty, since it disrupted the intended charade that: (1) Vick and Smith were going toe-to-toe; and (2) Smith would beat out the veteran.