Perhaps he is just trying to avoid creating conflict before he even sets foot on the field, but Michael Vick  sure sounds deferential when it comes to his “competition” with incumbent Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith.

Speaking with on Saturday, Vick said that:

“Geno's the starting quarterback for that football team. Ultimately our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be. Myself and [Matt Simms] are all trying to put him in a position where he can get better from year one to year two.”

The 34-year-old Vick certainly did a great job as a backup to Nick Foles in Philadelphia last season, never once complaining as he lost his job due to injury rather than performance. It’s interesting, though, that Vick would choose to cede the starting job to Smith when in January he had said that “I’m still a starter. I’m not a backup quarterback.”

Jets coaches have said it will largely be an open competition between the two, so Vick’s proclamation would seem to have more to do with who happened to finish last season as the starter rather than the current state of affairs. With newcomers Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford joining the receiving corps, the Jets’ passing attack should have a very new look in 2014.