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Michael Vick won't stand in the way of Geno Smith

Jets quarterbacks Michael Vick and Geno Smith walk

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CORTLAND -- Michael Vick had long assured Marty Mornhinweg that he was on board with the plan.

While the organization has yet to declare Geno Smith the starting quarterback, Vick made it clear in the offseason that this is Smith's team. That's why the veteran quarterback wasn't fazed -- at least publicly -- by the discrepancy in first-team reps between the signal-callers.

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Michael Vick cuts off interview over starting QB question

Jets quarterback Michael Vick gestures during training camp

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CORTLAND -- Michael Vick abruptly ended his group interview Thursday when a reporter asked him about his least favorite topic: the Jets QB "competition."

During the three-and-a-half-minute session, Vick fielded questions about the Jets' defense, the offense's recent struggles in practice and his thoughts on incumbent Geno Smith getting a large majority of the first-team reps. And when a Jets...

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Curtis Martin: QB competition would be healthy for Jets

Curtis Martin, the New York Jets all-time leading

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What continues to interest Curtis Martin the most about the Jets heading into this season is the quarterback position.

Martin, a Hall-of-Famer and former Jets running back, said he would’ve preferred a more open competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick.

Marty Mornhinweg told reporters last week that Smith will get 70 to 75 percent of first-team reps during training camp, however.

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QB coach: Geno's 'a strongly improved player'

Jets quarterback coach David Lee talks to Geno

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Last season was a learning experience for both Geno Smith and his quarterbacks coach David Lee. 

For the first time in 10 years of NFL coaching, Lee was presented with a “true” rookie starter. And the transition wasn’t always easy -- for both student and teacher.

“It’s hard for all of us, especially his coach,” Lee said with a laugh. “I mean it was a new world every week. It was...

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Rex Ryan likes his QB competition

Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks to reporters

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Rex Ryan is still not saying whether it's an open competition between quarterbacks Geno Smith and Michael Vick. But the Jets coach certainly likes what he's seen from both quarterbacks - and competition is a very big part of that. 

“Both guys are sharp," Ryan said on Wednesday. "They’re pushing themselves and they’re pushing each other. That’s what we wanted to have happen. When you do...

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Eric Decker: Geno Smith's maturity impressive

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker runs with the

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Jets wide receiver Eric Decker isn't making any Geno Smith-Peyton Manning comparisons, but Decker has been impressed by the Jets' second-year quarterback's maturity.

"I didn’t get to see him as a person grow last year, but this offseason he’s taken that leadership role and he’s a very mature kid at the age he’s at," Decker said after Wednesday's practice. "We’re all out there busting our butts...

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Mornhinweg: Geno Smith has the edge over Michael Vick

Marty Mornhinweg looks on as Geno Smith throws

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Marty Mornhinweg provided some clarity on the Jets’ quarterback competition during a Thursday conference call with season ticket holders.

Asked about the QB contest between incumbent Geno Smith and newly-signed veteran Michael Vick, the Jets offensive coordinator said: “There is competition. Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year [between Smith and former Jet Mark Sanchez],...

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Rex says QB competition is still on, but Vick still denies it's 'open'

Jets quarterback Michael Vick speaks to the media

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The quarterback competition in Florham Park is alive and well, according to Rex Ryan. 

A week after Michael Vick conceded in front of the cameras that the starting job belonged to Geno Smith, Ryan denied the QB battle is already over.

“I think there is competition, there’s no doubt,” the Jets coach said Wednesday following Day 2 of voluntary OTAs. “And, as a coach, you love it....

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Vick: Jets QB battle isn’t an open competition

Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on

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Michael Vick said the one thing the Jets front office has refused to admit: there is no open QB competition in Florham Park.

Vick confirmed the obvious Thursday when he noted his current situation with the Jets is far different from what he experienced with Nick Foles last year in Philly.

“Going through the competition with Nick, we knew, both of us, coming in that it was open competition,...

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Joe Namath says Geno Smith has 'earned' starting QB job

Hall of Famer Joe Namath walks on the

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Joe Namath made headlines Tuesday night when he declared Michael Vick was a better quarterback than Geno Smith right now.

The Jets' great didn't necessarily back down from his claim during a Sirius radio interview Thursday afternoon, but he did sing Smith's praises. Namath also noted that the second-year QB has "earned" the starting job and shouldn't be looking over his shoulder this...

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