Michael Vick has layed down the gauntlet to Geno Smith as the young quarterback prepares to begin his second season in the NFL as the New York Jets starting quarterback.
Win, and win now is the message from the veteran Vick who was speaking to the New York Daily News this week:
"There wasn't any patience with me," Vick explained.
"There wasn't any patience with Brett Favre. I've seen Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco go in there as rookies. Ben Roethlisberger. They had to get it done and they got it done. There's really no patience, just being honest...We got to win and we got to win now."
The former Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons man joined the Jets during the offseason and whilst there was talk of a quarterback battle early on it has become apparent over recent weeks that Geno Smith will be handed the starting role by Rex Ryan come Week One.
Michael Vick's comments however go to show that the now 34-year-old is not content with serving an advisory role to Smith during the 2014 season, with the 2013 second round pick handed a stern warning that he must perform or face the consequences of losing that starting berth.
A big year for Geno and the Jets
It is not just Geno Smith under pressure to perform as we head for the 2014 NFL season with the entire franchise expected to improve on an 8-8 2013 season.
Of course, as with any season, the quarterback's performance will be crucial to any improvement on the field but coach Rex Ryan - himself on a one-year contract extension - will live and die by his decisions over the coming months.
As such he will be unable to argue with the words of his (for now) back-up QB with nothing short of a playoff appearance required you would think for a team that have missed out on the post-season for the past three years.
And at present that ambition rests largely on the shoulders of Smith.
Smith vs Vick
Geno Smith came in for his fair share of criticism during a rookie year with far too many interceptions (21). But the signal-caller impressed in the regular-season run in with a couple of big wins offering hope to the Jets faithful that Smith could grow into the starters role.
The New York franchise have been quick to hype him up this offseason and are hopeful the 23-year-old can kick on into the 2014 season.
Michael Vick meanwhile will certainly be there to advise Smith and after four Pro Bowl appearances and a 2010 Comeback player of the year award he will be a useful man to turn to should Smith require it.
Vick's off the field issues however continue to present an issue, with his 21-month prison sentence in relation to illegal dog fighting back in 2007 leaving him as one of the most controversial figures in the NFL.
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