The New York Jets are on a bye week, but the mailbag never rests.
@RichCimini: Yes, I do think Geno Smith might be finished in New York, especially if the John Idzik-led administration is gone. The best plan is to have a veteran starter who can hold the fort -- someone like Vick -- and a rookie heir apparent. The Jets have to create hope at quarterback, and returning in 2015 with a Vick-Smith tandem wouldn't inspire hope -- or sell tickets. If Vick performs reasonably well over the final six games, he'd be worth bringing back on a short-term contract. The free-agent market is thin (Brian Hoyer and Mark Sanchez are the top names), so Vick might be your best bet as long as there's a prospect waiting in the wings. Smith doesn't fit in that equation. In other words, he might be toast.
What's your guess on the Jets QB situation next year? Do they bring Vick back? Is Geno done for good with NY #jetsmail— Derek Kane (@D_Grande84) November 14, 2014
@RichCimini: Obviously, it depends on who's calling the shots. Among this group, David Harris is the No. 1 priority, and it's not even close for second. He's not a Pro Bowl-level player, but he's still productive and, as the signal caller, he plays an important role on defense. He'll be 31 in Janaury, so age is starting to become a factor. Harris received a tremendous contract in 2011 (four years, $36 million), so he has to be reasonable with his demands, understanding the landscape has changed. I can't see Willie Colon and Kyle Wilson returning. Colon brings a lot from an intangible perspective, but the organization wants to get younger at guard. As for Kyle Wilson, it's surprising he lasted this long.
@RichCimini: I don't think either is a true No. 1 receiver, but in the context of the Jets' world, I'd call them 1 and 1a. Their stats over the last three games (since Percy Harvin arrived) are almost identical. They've both been targeted 25 times, with Eric Decker (19 catches) having produced one more catch than Harvin. The passing game has become more receiver-oriented, with fewer opportunities for the tight ends. Two reasons: Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg wants to feature Decker and Harvin and he needs the tight ends for blocking purposes.
@RichCimini: So tell me, is it as cold as they say on Mars?
@RichCimini: I have a feeling Rex Ryan will be tormented by this question for a long, long time. Personally, I think they'd be a .500 team if Michael Vick had been starting from Day 1. Geno Smith's turnovers loomed large in the Week 2-5 losses to the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, and again in Week 8 with the loss to the Buffalo Bills. I'm not saying Vick would've been mistake-free in those games, but he might have been able to provide the play or two that would've made a difference. I think they'd be 5-5, at best, with Vick -- good enough to be on the periphery of playoff contention.
@RichCimini: About the same as Jerry Jones selling the Dallas Cowboys. Ain't happening. First of all, the Cowboys will franchise Dez Bryant if they can't sign him. Secondly, if the Jets keep Percy Harvin, they'd be paying him and Decker a total of $15.5 million next year, meaning they wouldn't be active in the high-end receiver market.