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For Geno Smith, Michael Vick, It's All About Confidence

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Ryan Says Jets' QB Situation Is 'the Strongest We've Had Since I've Been Here'

A torrential downpour couldn’t dampen the confidence level of the New York Jets as players and coaches arrived outside of their Glass Tower dormitory on the campus of SUNY Cortland today.

“I love the confidence,” said second-year QB Geno Smith. “We all love the confidence. We’re confident in ourselves and in our team.”

Smith’s competition for training camp, veteran QB Michael Vick, echoed his teammate’s feelings about the team’s confidence, adding that as far as he is concerned, confidence is only a positive thing.

“I don’t think there’s any bad thing about having confidence,” Vick said. “That’s an emotion that we all have. In football you have to have confidence. You have to toe the line between confidence and arrogance and I think this team has felt for a long time that they can get it done. That’s the right mindset. That’s how we feel and that’s how we want to approach this season.”

Smith and Vick will surely use their confidence as their competition progresses throughout camp. Smith said that the key for the Jets this season will be eliminating some of the mistakes made last season, something he hopes to address during the next three weeks.





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“The key thing is finding that consistency,” Smith said. “That’s what we’ve been looking for and searching for. We’re still growing in this offense. I’m still growing. We just have to continue to work at it and we’ll be fine.”

Vick said he will use camp as an opportunity to impart wisdom to the younger quarterbacks on the roster as well as improving his own skills.

“I’m going to compete to make every quarterback better and continue to make myself better,” he said. “I’m going to enjoy each and every day, get through each and every day and grind through it. It’s going to be a tough push.”

Head coach Rex Ryan, entering his sixth year with the team, said that the camp competition at every position is something he’s looking forward to watching. Of the quarterbacks, he said this is the best competition he’s seen during his tenure with our team.

“I look at our situation here, and when I say it’s the strongest quarterback situation we’ve had since I’ve been here, I really mean it,” he said. “When you look at it, we have two guys certainly capable of starting in Geno Smith, especially the way he finished last year, and Mike Vick — we all know what Mike brings to the table. And then you look at two young guys competing, with [Matt] Simms and with Tajh Boyd. I think that’s going to be great also.”

For Vick, the camp competition for the quarterback position is more than just finding a starter. It’s about giving the team the best chance to win.

“I think what we have to do is be able to compete and show our coaches that they can depend on both of us,” he said. “Geno has done a great job to this point and I feel like I’ve done well. We’re going to continue to get better. Whoever is out there playing, we want to make sure we’re giving the team the best opportunity. Not just at quarterback, but at every position on this team.”

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