Marty Mornhinweg provided some clarity on the Jets' quarterback competition during Thursday's conference call with season ticket-holders.
Asked about the situation involving incumbent Geno Smith and free agent Michael Vick, the offensive coordinator said: "There is competition. Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year , where everything was 50-50. We're trying to continue the progression with Geno and then have Mike ready to go. It's just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations.''
Mornhinweg's comments came a day after Vick and coach Rex Ryan sent mixed messages about the team's quarterback battle.
Though general manager John Idzik has preached the importance of competition throughout his roster, Vick reiterated Wednesday that he and Smith aren't engaged in a typical "open competition.''
"I knew what I was getting into when I got here. It's everything I expected,'' said former Eagle Vick, who signed a free-agent deal with the Jets in March. "I'm having fun with the guys. Everything is team-oriented and we're just having a good time.''
For months, the Jets have shied away from declaring Smith the outright starter or acknowledging that the second-year quarterback has an edge over Vick. And the trend continued on Day 2 of organized team activities.
"I think there is competition, there's no doubt,'' Ryan said Wednesday.
But when asked if Vick will be given the starting job if he outperforms Smith during the preseason, Ryan chuckled and said: "Again, I think we'll let it play out a little bit."