Forget about a quarterback competition this offseason. Based on what Michael Vick has said to the media about the lack of an open competition, the Jets appear to have every intention of starting the young Geno Smith over the veteran Vick on opening day.
The Jets are taking a lot of risk with this approach by keeping Vick, who is arguably a better player than Smith, on the bench, but they would be sound in their logic. Smith can potentially be a long-term starter for them; the 33-year-old Vick is a mere rental.
The Jets have every right to make this decision, but there is no going back to Vick at this point. If the Jets are willing to forgo competition in the name of getting their young talent on the field, they must be willing to live with the consequences.
Those consequences may include Smith struggling enough to cause the Jets to miss the playoffs, but they will at least know that their franchise quarterback is on another roster or playing college football this season.
If Smith does struggle early on, it makes no sense to go back to Vick for relief. If the Jets were confident enough in Smith to hand him the starting job in spring, they should be confident enough in his ability to bounce back.
If Vick is right about the Jets' true intentions at quarterback, the only way Vick will see the field is if Smith suffers an injury. Otherwise, the Jets' success in 2014 will die or thrive on the right arm of Smith.