NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets quarterback Michael Vick has been benched in favor of second-year quarterback Geno Smith.

But don’t tell him that.

“I don’t look at it as me getting benched, first and foremost, to correct you,” the veteran told a reporter. “But if you want to look at it that way, you can.”

Whatever you say, Mike.

After Smith was benched earlier in the season, the four-time Pro Bowler started three games. He went 1-2 and committed just one turnover.

Smith took over for Vick in New York’s loss to Buffalo and surprisingly got the start this past weekend against the Dolphins (though he barely passed the ball). The embattled signal-caller will start again this weekend against the Vikings.

“I really don’t have to speak in detail about it, because it really don’t make a difference,” Vick told reporters. “You’re going to think what you’re going to think, I’m going to think what I’m going to think, and I think what I think is most important.”

In nine games this season, the 34-year-old has completed 52.9 percent of his passes. He’s thrown three touchdown passes and two interceptions.

In Vick’s mind, the decision to start Smith is about the Jets needing to evaluate what they have.

“I just look at it as an opportunity for this organization to figure out the things that they need to figure out and see what they need to see,” Vick said. “Does that answer your question?”

Yes, yes it does.

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