"I'm definitely convinced that we can win with Geno Smith," Jets HC Rex Ryan told WFAN's Mike Francesa in a 35-minute radio interview on Thursday. "I don't think there's any doubt."
Is the job Smith's, and is Michael Vick going to be the Jets' backup?
"Oh, no," Ryan said. "Mike Vick definitely has a chance to win the job. There's no doubt about that. Competition, I think, is outstanding for everybody involved in it.
"And it's not just, hey, this is Geno Smith's job. I'm just telling you what I believe to be the truth, which is: This young man [Smith] is going to be hard to beat out. Even as talented a player as Mike Vick is, I think Geno Smith has made that big of strides."
From a fantasy standpoint, it would be better for all parties involved if Vick won the starting job, but the team seems to want Smith to grow into that role. If Vick does eventually start, he'll be an intriguing QB2 who should be available in the later rounds.