Who should be the Jets' starting quarterback?

Who should start under center in 2014?


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Winthrop By Jon Winthrop

The quickest way to sabotage a football season is to have unrest at the quarterback position. Yet the Jets are stoking that very flame.

The Jets should want to build on the 16 games' worth of experience Geno Smith gained last season by handing him the keys to the offense in 2014.

But these are the Jets, and nothing can ever be that simple. Late last week the team discarded Mark Sanchez and replaced him with Michael Vick -- a quarterback whose name is now mightier than the man who carries it.

If the Jets brought in Vick to mentor Smith in ways Sanchez never could, then the transaction is a no-brainer. However, there are five million reasons to believe otherwise. Vick wasn't brought in to mentor as much as compete with Geno.

The Jets need to use this season as another growing year for Smith. As a rookie, he found a way to win eight games, which is no easy task in the NFL. And those eight wins came with a dearth of weapons on offense. Are the Jets coaches not at least mildly curious of how Geno can perform with truly NFL-caliber targets?

A move to Vick means the Jets are no more set at quarterback than they were a year ago when they decided to draft Smith. Some people think Sanchez got a raw deal after taking the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games. What then can be said about Geno? Sanchez at least got four years to play himself out of a job. Geno has gotten just one.

So if building toward something down the road is valuable to Gang Green, it should be Geno under center in 2014.

Jon Winthrop produces the "Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco" show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM


Mazzeo By Mike Mazzeo

If healthy, Michael Vick is the best quarterback on the New York Jets' roster, and therefore, he deserves to be the starter this season.

Vick, 33, thrived playing in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense in Philadelphia.

In 2010 and 2011, Vick completed 61.1 percent of his passes and had a nearly 2-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio.

"He's got a very big arm and he can still run," Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Vick on Tuesday. "He's very dangerous."

The Jets have already done a lot to improve their offense this offseason, adding wideout Eric Decker and tackle Breno Giacomini.

Owner Woody Johnson recently revealed the team's interest in speedster DeSean Jackson. If the Jets don't get Jackson, they could look to add another weapon or two in the draft.

Johnson and Ryan have high expectations for this year's team after its surprising 8-8 finish in 2013.

Vick gives them the best chance to fulfill those expectations. Geno Smith had a nice end to his rookie season, but he's no Vick.

Does Ryan really want to go into 2014 with a developing quarterback under center? Smith may be the favorite for the job, but if put in Ryan's position I would rather go with someone proven like Vick.

Vick is certainly not without his flaws. But he's still the best option for the Jets -- if healthy -- in 2014.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com


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