Super Bowl ring would 'seal Vick's legacy'

Michael Vick

With Geno Smith having a leg up on the starting quarterback job on the New York Jets, veteran Michael Vick is willing to accept a backup role if it means capturing a Lombardi Trophy this upcoming season.

Michael Vick entered the 2014 offseason with the goal of landing the starting QB job for the New York Jets. While the veteran has his sights set on the starting job, he's willing to do anything to be a champion and put a Super Bowl ring on his finger for the first time.

"I think it can happen this year," he said.

"I think Geno can take us to where we need to go. It'll seal my legacy -- for me, myself. For the public, I don't know."

With Geno Smith taking the majority of the first-team snaps in OTAs, Vick told reporters on Thursday that he's simply competing against himself as training camp approaches.

"I'm competing against myself to try to get better each and every day," he said. "I still find myself not doing everything all the way right, and I know there may never be a point that I can be perfect, but I can get the most out of myself every day."

Vick also noted he needs to improve on his consistency if he is going to win the starting job. The 11-year veteran has had an erratic career, with everything from an 11-win season (2004) to one where he barely completed 50 percent of his passes (2006).

Last year he was completing 54.6 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions before a hamstring injury stopped the season short and allowed Nick Foles to take over as the starter.

"I think it's consistency, then everything will fall into place for me," he said. "I'm just trying to continue to play at a high level like I did last year when I was out there playing and just keep going."

And despite the fact that Smith will likely start the season as the starter, Vick says his mindset during the season will stay the same.

"It's not a different mindset, you know, I think being a quarterback, you have to prepare to win," he said. "You have to be prepared to go in and play at any time. You never know when your number is going to be called. The backups have to prepare like the starters, and I'm not going to say that's the case, but I want to make sure that I am ready for any opportunity at any given moment."

The Jets come into the season with several new additions to the offense –– Chris Johnson is the major one –– and a new offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles and runs a much different offense than the run-heavy one the Jets have used in the past under Head Coach Rex Ryan. Vick says the key to the team's success isn't any different than the one he has for himself.

"I think just overall consistency with any offense," he said. "It's not always going to be there, you are going to have your days where everything is not running smooth. I think as of right now we're putting in the effort to be the best that we can be, day-in and day-out, and that comes from concentration. That comes from discipline and everything that comes along in a good football team."

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