New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith went 2-for-8 with just five yards and three interceptions when he was benched for Michael Vick on Sunday. Smith was having an absolutely abysmal season. He's completing just 56.2 percent of passes and threw seven touchdowns in slightly more than seven games along with 10 picks and six fumbles.
With the exception of a few Wildcat plays here and there, Vick had yet to play any real football for the Jets before Sunday's game against the Bills. The mobile ex-Falcon and ex-Eagle quarterback didn't exactly play well, but apparently it was enough to edge out Smith as the starter heading into a game against the Kansas City Chiefs according to Rex Ryan.
"This is not looking long term, this is about the immediate," Ryan said on Monday. "My focus is on Kansas City and finding a way to get a win. That's why this decision was made."
Vick went 18-of-36 passing against the Bills with 153 yards and an interception. He ran the ball eight times for 69 yards. Vick's first start since early last season will come on the road at Arrowhead Stadium against the best passing defense in the league. The Chiefs have held opponents to an NFL-best 195.7 yards through the air per game and hold a 4-3 record.
It looked like Vick's career was over and done when he went to prison for a few years back in 2007 for his role in a dogfighting ring. Yet here he is, at 34 years old, ready to start another football game after reinvigorating his career in Philadelphia.
When asked what his reaction to the benching was, Geno Smith had just this to say: "There was none. I just went on with my day."
That's the attitude of a winning quarterback! I can't believe that he was passed over as the starter for Old Man Vick.
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