Just a week ago offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and head coach Rex Ryan were reluctant to elaborate on Michael Vick’s availability in the Wildcat formation. While Marty and Ryan have been pro-Wildcat in their time together, fans wonder why the two would be so opposed to be using an athlete that has such potential as a dual athlete. Vick, even at 34, possesses sub 4.4 speed and a cannon for a right arm. There is untapped potential in a quarterback that can line up under center and create disruption for the defense.
During the Jets 2009 and 2010 AFC Championship runs Brad Smith was an integral part of the team’s success. Spelling former Jet Mark Sanchez at quarterback for Wildcat sets caused the defense headaches, and the possibilities that Smith created allowed him to attain over 600 yards on the ground as well as over 100 yards in the air.
Vick, a more natural quarterback has the ability to come onto the field on a crucial third down and cause the defense to panic. Vick is no slouch as a passer either, as a four-time Pro-Bowl at the position. And if any evidence is needed to vouch for his blazing speed he demolished his former teammate and NFL’s leading rusher this past season in a foot race. Rex understands talent, and the potential to put talent on the field.
"You're trying to win the game," Ryan said Saturday. "If you think that's the best thing for your team, then absolutely you'll consider it."
It would seem to be a bit of a waste to attain a special talent like Vick in free agency, only to have his talents go to waste on the bench. The threat of a dual threat quarterback can certainly be an X-factor for the Jets and someone the team can lean on when the offense begins to get stagnant with a young quarterback and mediocre weapons at his disposal. At the very least, utilizing Vick in the Wildcat would force every opponent to game plan for such an instance and take time away from strategizing stopping Geno Smith and company. Look for the accomplished veteran Vick to become the spark plug of a young Gang Green roster. Starting or not.