New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Giants offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg expects a harmonious competition between quarterbacks Geno Smith and Michael Vick when OTA practices in a few weeks.
Also, Mornhinweg announced that Smith will get most of the first-team reps at quarterback, not Vick.
“I think this thing will work beautifully,” Mornhinweg said. “I expect Geno to progress at a high rate with Mike’s help. It’s just that simple.”
Mornhinweg was careful not to define the players’ current or future roles, but he made it clear the organization’s objective in signing Vick last month is to help Smith continue the progress he showed at the end of last season.
Without calling Smith the starter, Mornhinweg said the second-year quarterback will be the first behind center, but it will vary on a daily basis.
“We’re going to structure it a certain way,” Mornhinweg said. “One thing I want to make sure of is that nothing impedes the young quarterback’s progression. I’m talking about Geno. He progressed beautifully, and I’m talking the last quarter of the season. He played at a high level.”
Last week, Smith said he expects to be the opening-day quarterback but according to sources, the Jets aren’t sold on him as their long-term answer due to his consistency through his first 12 starts as a rookie.
Sources said that’s the main reason behind the signing of Vick, who worked under Mornhinweg with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Upon signing a one-year, $4 million contract, Vick conceded the starting job belongs to Smith as of now. Mornhinweg wouldn’t put it that way, at least not in so many words.
“We brought Mike in to compete, to push Geno and to make Geno the very best he can be,” Mornhinweg said.
However, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has a different view, saying Vick is “way better” than Smith and will be the opening-day starter.
“I like LeSean, LeSean is one of my favorites” Mornhinweg said. “He had a good day media-wise, didn’t he? Sounds like it.”