The New York Jets will have Geno Smith, and not Michael Vick, under center Monday night when they host the Miami Dolphins, it was announced today. Vick had replaced Smith as the Jets' starter after the team's 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills in a Week 8 contest. Now, after the team lost 38-3 to those same Bills in Week 12, the team will return to Smith.
Earlier in the week, Jets head coach Rex Ryan had stated he was leaning toward keeping Vick as the starter, but that appears to have changed Tuesday night. According to a report on the quarterback change from ESPN's Rich Cimini, the "feeling close to the team is that general manager John Idzik insisted that Ryan start Smith." Smith was a second round pick of the Jets in 2013, and starting him now, with the New York 2-9 on the season and eliminated from playoff contention, could be the club looking to see if they can continue to move forward with Smith in 2015. The Jets could also look to draft a quarterback this offseason.
Vick was 1-2 on the season, but had played better than Smith in his first two starts. Against the Bills, however, he was 7-for-19 for 76 yards and was benched in the third quarter for Smith.
The Dolphins, who are 6-5 this season and looking to stay in the playoff race, have both games of their season series against the Jets still to be played. The Week 13 game will be played on Monday Night Football at the Jets' MetLife Stadium. The teams will meet again in Week 17 in Miami.