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It is impossible to judge a year's worth of development in a quarterback in just a few OTA sessions, but Geno Smith's stock is on the rise simply because the supposed "competition" between him and Michael Vick is beginning to look more and more like a fallacy.
The Jets may have brought in Vick to push Smith, but it appears as if the Jets are ready to start Smith in Week 1 if the "competition" is remotely close. His teammates agree that the job is Smith's to lose:
As much as Rex Ryan may insist that this is an open competition, even Vick cannot get on board with the notion that he has a chance to be the opening-day starter.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's comments only add fuel to the conspiracy fire, confirming that this job is Smith's to lose. He said, per Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, that "there is competition. Now it may not quite be like the competition we had last year where everything was 50-50."
From the Jets perspective, it comes to no surprise that they would look for every excuse to start Smith given his age and upside. However, rigging the competition before it has a chance to begin goes against general manager John Idzik's mantra of constant competition, regardless of pedigree.
Not having to bench their young starter from last season would be a much simpler situation, but the way the Jets appear be going about handling this "competition" is highly hypocritical.