New York Jets current quarterback battle is a great thing for the franchise. Don't just take my word for it, Jets' legendary running-back Curtis Martin agrees.
As of this moment the AFC East team have two QBs essentially going head to head for the starting berth. Whatever you want say about the competition, it's open and either QB could come out on top.
In the experienced corner we have the former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles signal caller Michael Vick.
Vick is a left handed quarterback and one of the pioneers of the dual QB style of play in the NFL.
In the youthful corner we have second year pro Geno Smith who is the current starter coming off a mixed rookie season in the NFL.
Smith was handed a tough job of leading a pretty much impotent offense last year, another shot at the job this season would see him able to utilize new weapons such as Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and Jace Amaro. More about them in a bit.
COMPETITION BREEDS SUCCESS
Whenever there's an issue such as a position battle it's good to get a legend's view, even if it's just to see if it aligns with your own.
Former Jets tailback Curtis Martin certainly agrees that this competition is good for the Jets going forward. He believes that a good open competition between players in any position can only be go for an NFL franchise.
"I think competition is healthy for a team,” Martin said Monday at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic at Oheka Castle in Huntington. “Quarterback is a very important position on the field and I think when two people go head-to-head, one thing that doesn’t go over well with the entire team is if there is one person who deserves it more than the other and just because of favoritism.
"It will be a great battle and Geno can learn off Vick. I think Vick was one of the pioneers of that style of quarterback that Geno is,” Martin said. “Vick has a lot of knowledge and wisdom that he can pass on to Geno."
GENO TO LEARN OFF VICK
We have already labelled Vick a pioneer of the QB style that Geno has also taken up during his career.
This means Smith is in the ideal situation of working off a QB teammate that knows exactly how to play the position the same way as him.
If Geno does win the battle then Vick becomes the perfect mentor. And even during their current battle, Vick is making noises that suggest this tutoring of the second year pro has already begun.
BEST COMBOS SHOULD WIN OUT
For all the sentiment behind the old head helping the young pro to prevail, the man that must win the job has to be the one who connects best with his teammates.
For the first time in a while the Jets actually have offensive weapons. Players such as stellar wideout Eric Decker and former 2,000 yard running-back Chris Johnson are great weapons, and the QB that develops the best link-up with those players in training camp and pre-season should prevail.
Let's not forget the talents of rookie Jace Amaro who could also bring a lot to the table. There may be the feeling that the job is Geno's to lose still, but an open competition it remains and it would only take one great Vick play like the ones below to swing the battle his way.