Battle for Jets Top QB Slot

Published 07/25 2014 05:01PM

Updated 07/25 2014 05:17PM

The New York Jets have had one of the best defenses in the league over the past few years.

The problem for them has been on the other side of the ball. The offense has struggled and it's started with instability at the quarterback position.

The Jets have had 26 different starting quarterbacks since 1976 when Joe Namath was at the helm.

Now, it's up to Geno Smith to break that cycle and prove whether he can be that franchise quarterback. Smith is coming off an up and down rookie season in which he had just 12 touchdowns to his 21 interceptions.

The Jets made things interesting by bringing in veteran Michael Vick to push Smith and compete for the job. Vick knows his role and Smith says that while he is confident in his progress, he knows he can always improve.

"I'm only focusing on the reps that I do get. I'm trying to make it work and trying to be the best that I can. I'm trying to help myself, help the younger guys and help this team get better as a whole," said Vick.

"I'm a lot more confident in my reads and my footwork and I'm delivering the ball a lot stronger and a lot more accurate. All good signs of progress but we have a long way to go and I have a long way to go, we have just got to keep working," said Smith.

One thing for certain is Smith will not have the luxury of using the rookie growing pains excuse.

Despite signing a contract extension in January, with the Jets in the midst of a multi-year playoff drought, Ryan knows the Jets need to win now and Vick has proven that he can get the job done.

If Smith doesn't step up his game, don't be surprised if Vick ends up being quarterback number 27.

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