The New York Jets are a team in turmoil right now after a season to forget in New Jersey. And it hasn't got any better today with the news that several of the franchise's players and coaching staff, including head coach Rex Ryan were actually against the decision to bench veteran Michael Vick for Geno Smith this week.
The much maligned Smith will return to the starting role for the first time since Week Eight but according to reports from the New York Daily News today many of the Jets staff would have preferred to keep veteran Vick under center at this stage in their 2-9 season.
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg - the man who works closely with both quarterbacks - is said to be one of those unhappy with the decision while the publication claims "the majority" of those in the organization are against giving the role to Geno Smith.
Unlike Jay Gruden who was given the go ahead to drop his supposed franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III this week over in Washington it appears that Rex Ryan is having to relinquish power to his owner in New York.
Per Manish Mehta of the Daily News:
"Ryan also preferred the veteran, but placated his superiors to avoid conflict."
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Putting on a brave face
After a truly atrocious season at the helm Rex Ryan must be well aware that owner Woody Johnson and Jon Idzik will most likely look to move on with a different coach next season.
As such it is speculated that Ryan put up little fight against the decision to give Smith another chance as a starter, the coach unwilling to cause major unrest with the season, and his future with the Jets, looking futile.
To hear that he has little say now on what goes on is though a worrying sign for Jets fans who must be wishing the 2014 campaign would end already. To hear that staff and players are also unhappy to see Vick benched doesn't bode well for Smith's return to the lineup.
Smith and Vick
In truth neither Geno Smith or Michael Vick have impressed as quarterback for the Jets this season.
Smith has thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (7) this season while looking extremely shaky. Vick meanwhile has looked a shadow of his former self, spending more time scrambling around the gridiron than finding teammates.