Michael Vick doesn’t view his being benched as actually getting benched
To ask Michael Vick, he wasn’t technically benched when he was actually benched and replaced by Geno Smith as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback for the team’s Monday night game, a 16-13 loss, to the Miami Dolphins. It was something like getting benched, but different. Somehow.
“I don’t look at it as me getting benched, first and foremost, to correct you,” Vick said Wednesday, per ESPN.com. “But if you want to look at it that way, you can.”
When prompted to explain himself and expand upon his statement, he somewhat declined.
“I really don’t have to speak in detail about it, because it really don’t make a difference,” Vick said. “You’re going to think what you going to think, I’m going to think what I’m going to think and I think what I think is most important.”
The prevailing theory is that Vick believes it wasn’t so much his poor play that resulted in him being demoted. Instead, it was more about the Jets wanting to take another look at Geno Smith before reevaluating the position during the offseason.
“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,” he said. “Does that answer your question?”
Vick replaced a benched Smith after the second-year quarterback led the team to a 1-7 start. He was then replaced by Vick for a three-game stretch, who in turn was replaced by Smith on Monday. During Vick’s three-game stint as starter, the Jets had a 1-2 record. Vick was effective during the team’s 20-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, throwing two touchdown passes.
The veteran signal-caller also played reasonably well in a 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, going 21-for-28 for 196 yards and a touchdown.
The wheels fell off, though, in his last start, an ugly 28-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Detroit’s Ford Field in a rescheduled, relocated game, throwing for only 76 yards on 7-for-19 passing to go along with a pick.
Vick, much to his chagrin, has experience in these kind of matters. He also lost his job to Nick Foles in Philadelphia due to a hamstring injury and despite returning to the field, never again fully regained the starter’s job.