by Aaron Wilson
August 23, 02014
The New York Jets made it official, naming Geno Smith their starting quarterback.
It was essentially a foregone conclusion since Michael Vick was informed it wasn't an open competition when he joined the team.
"I think he's taken off from where he left off," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "I expect great things in the future."
Smith wasn't surprised by the "news."
"All along, I've had the notion that I'd be out there Week 1," Smith said. "The handwriting was pretty much on the wall. It's a big deal, but nothing will change. It's the same mindset for me."
The Jets signed Vick to a one-year, $4 million contract in the spring.
"This is no slight to Mike Vick, believe me," Ryan said. "I wanted to come out of this knowing we had two really good quarterbacks that we think can win games. In my heart, I think we have two we can win games with."
Smith has completed 70 percent ofhis throws, 23 for 33, for 268 yards and a touchdown.
"I think it's great for Geno," Vick said. "I knew the entire time that Geno was going to be the starter, but Geno went out and proved that he's capable of running this team and putting this team in a position to win."
Vick said a MMQB story was incorrect that portrayed him as content to be a backup and that the coaches were disappointed he didn't fight harder to be the starter.
"That's not true, not true at all," Vick said. "Me and my coaches, we have great conversations, we have open dialogue, and that was far from the case."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun