My position has never changed on Jets QB situation Dan Leberfeld

East Rutherford – I wrote this repeatedly before the season, so I don’t want to be accused of Monday Morning Quarterbacking.

The Jets should have started Mike Vick from the get-go this year, while still viewing Geno Smith as their quarterback of the future.

Vick, a four-time Pro Bowler, who still has great speed and a howitzer arm even at 34, gives them a better chance to win now.

He’s so much higher on the growth curve then Smith after 10 seasons in the league. There isn’t much Vick hasn’t seen.

Why would it be the end of the world if Smith took a step back for a season (or two) and re-emerges in the future?

Aaron Rodgers sat for three seasons before becoming the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback.

The Jets added veterans like WR Eric Decker, RB Chris Johnson, RT Breno Giacomini and pass rushing specialist Jason Babin before the season, signifying a win-now mindset.

Yet they seem to be willing to use this season as a platform for Smith to continue this development, and get the kinks out.

“We need to develop Geno,” Jets offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg said on Thursday. “Sometimes you have to go through some bad stuff to become great. We’re right in the middle of that process and that learning curve.”

So does that mean winning is a secondary goal?

I have never understood this.

Why not try to win now with the veteran quarterback, while still working hard with Smith on the practice field and film room, and viewing him as the quarterback of the future? Especially after missing the playoffs three years in a row.

Maybe I’m in minority, but this is how I felt in the off-season, summer, and I still feel that way now.