Getting on the same page with rookies can be very difficult, especially during training camp. As for Michael Vick, not only has he been working with rookies, but this is a new team full of unfamiliar faces. He is bound to make a couple of mistakes early in training camp but he knows that he is expected to correct them in a timely manner.
As Gang Green’s training camp is under way, coaches and fans get to see what the 2014 team looks like in action. Strapping on some pads and running intense practices in the summer heat is difficult enough for the players, but getting a real live look with defenders and contact for the first time can cause even the most seasoned players to make mistakes.
“The first day went great,” said veteran quarterback Michael Vick on Wednesday. “I thought the offense did very well with what we installed last night. Everything was kind of short notice and we did a good job. (We were) real efficient. I made a couple of mistakes, but things that I can correct.”
The 2014 season is Vick’s first in New York, following several years in Philadelphia and Atlanta. Even though he reunited with Jets’ offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, the West Coast system is tough to master, especially with new teammates. For Vick, he believes even though he has spent the last few years in a different system, he has a firm grasp of the offense but he has room to grow.
“It just has to be brought back to my attention,” noted the veteran QB. “It goes to show that you don’t know everything. You don’t know it all. I’m just trying to keep building on the building blocks that I have already created and trying to get better each and every day, but I think at the end of the day it’s going to be perfect.”
As for the mistake that he referred to, it was just a simple miscommunication between the vet and a rookie. Vick does not see it becoming a common thing and knows that they will work on communicating more efficiently moving forward.
“I just wasn’t on the same page as one of the young guys. He is still learning the game and he’s a rookie, so it kind of forced me to make a mistake, but I always take the blame because the ball is always in my hand. I just have to spend some time working with him and working with some of the other guys who I might be playing with a lot.”
Although there are miscommunications within the Jets organization regarding who will be the starting quarterback come Week One, let’s hope that everyone is on the same page in 2014. Just a season ago the Green and White were riddled with mistakes but this season, Vick knows that the bar is held high with his new coach Rex Ryan.
“He’s a hardnosed coach and he doesn’t come off that way when you meet him in person,” admitted Vick. “He’s very demanding in what he wants out of us as football players and very adamant about our attitudes and how we approach the game. Just having the chance to hear him talk last night really showed his true character of what type of coach he is, and why he has been able to be so successful in this league.”
As for Vick’s expectations for the offense this season, he is very optimistic.
“This offense can be extremely good, as good as we want to be,” noted Vick.
No matter who is the starting quarterback for 2014, the bar is held high and failure is not an option for the New York Jets.