Every since the New York Jets acquired Michael Vick question marks have been placed on the future of quarterback Geno Smith in the Big Apple.
The second year signal-caller will face intense pressure in his fight for the starting QB berth for the Jets in 2014, but it's understood that Gang Green personnel see Vick as more of a tutor for Smith first and foremost.
Smith is used to battling for an NFL starting berth, with last year's competition for the Jets starting berth only ending when Mark Sanchez was injured in pre-season.
Even though Vick may still win the battle for the Jets QB job in the short-term, offensive co-ordinator Marty Mornhinweg insists Smith's progression is paramount.
“We’re going to structure it a certain way,” Mornhinweg told ESPN. “One thing I want to make sure of is that nothing impedes the young quarterback’s progression. I’m talking about Geno. He progressed beautifully, and I’m talking the last quarter of the season. He played at a high level. ”
Therefore, the most likely role that Vick will take this season is as a back-up QB that will help Geno become a top notch signal caller in the NFL.
“I think this thing will work beautifully,” Mornhinweg said Tuesday, speaking to reporters for the first time since Vick signed last month. “I expect Geno to progress at a high rate with Mike’s help. It’s just that simple.”