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Michael Vick Responds to Claims About Lack of Effort

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Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick had a pretty good idea that the would not be the team’s starting quarterback when he signed a one-year contract this past offseason. According to Vick, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been giving a 100 percent effort to earn the starting job. 

Responding to criticism directed at Vick by Peter King of MMQB that indicated coaches were not happy with his effort in training camp, the veteran quarterback had this to say to NJ.com. 

That’s not true; that’s not true at all,” Vick said. “Me and my coaches, we have great conversations, we have a different dialogue, and that was far from the case. So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious. You’ve got to come up with better stories that that. There’s better things to talk about.

King posted an article on Friday that hinted Vick was content with the backup quarterback job and that coaches were disappointed with his effort.

Some Jets coaches have privately expressed disappointment that Vick didn’t show up more hell-bent on winning the starting job.

The report did not go on to name any of the coaches.

Second-year quarterback Geno Smith, who started all 16 games as a rookie, was officially named the Jets No. 1 quarterback by head coach Rex Ryan on Friday. What shouldn’t be considered too much of a surprise now has skeptics raising questions about Vick’s effort since joining the Jets.

In any event, the Jets are in a good spot at the quarterback position. They have a young starter that played well towards the end of last season and seems to have progressed during the 2014 preseason. If Smith should falter, Vick will be right there to pick up the pieces…”lack of effort” and all.

Photo: CBS Sports

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

Editor-at-large, Sportsnaut.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi