NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Michael Vick hasn’t exactly been Peyton Manning since taking over for Geno Smith, but the veteran quarterback was impressive on Sunday in the Jets’ victory over the Steelers.
That showing has left many asking the following question: Would Gang Green (2-8) be in better shape right now had Vick started from the beginning?
Chris Johnson votes yes.
“Yeah, I think so,” the running back told the New York Daily News. “I think if he was starting from day one it would be totally different. He came in and his role was to help Geno develop and try to help him the best he can, but at the end of the day it turned out how it turned out and (we’ve) just got to live with it.”
Vick looked a bit like his former superstar self against Pittsburgh. The four-time Pro Bowler completed 10 of 18 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also rushed for 39 yards.
The 34-year-old Vick didn’t get the call to start until the Jets were 1-7, when the season was all but over.
“You can’t go back in the past,” Johnson said, according to the newspaper. “Just gotta push on and go with it.”
After an up-and-down rookie campaign, Smith was expected to come into his own in his sophomore season. Instead, the former second-round pick took a big step back. Not only did he struggle to move the ball, but turnovers continued to be a problem.
In eight games this season, the 24-year-old has thrown seven touchdowns, 10 interceptions and has lost three fumbles.
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