NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Jets plan to start Michael Vick in Week 13 if he’s healthy enough to do so, according to a source informed of the team’s plans. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News first reported the team’s plan.
In a Tuesday conference call, Ryan said the team will not address the quarterback situation until Wednesday.
Vick, like the rest of the Jets, was dreadful in Monday’s 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills, completing just 7 of 19 passes for 76 yards and one interception. His 27.6 passer rating was among the lowest of his career.
Vick also suffered a calf injury, though Rex Ryan said after the game that the decision to go to Geno Smith in the third quarter was performance-related. Smith was the Jets‘ only bright spot of the evening, completing 10 of 12 passes without committing a turnover in garbage time.
With the Jets 2-9 and officially eliminated from playoff contention for the fourth consecutive season, there is some logic to going back to Smith, a younger player who can perhaps be salvaged under a different regime in 2015.
Then again, there’s also a distinct possibility the Jets have seen enough of Smith and are ready to move on without their 2013 second-round pick. Ryan’s decision to stick with a 34-year-old veteran late in a lost season speaks volumes.