The Michael Vick era didn't start with a win on Sunday, but at the very least it didn't start with a turnover.
The veteran put up efficient numbers in the Jets' loss at the Chiefs, which was a significant improvement from incumbent starter Geno Smith. He finished 21-of-28 for 196 yards and he threw the Jets' lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 3-yard completion to wide receiver Eric Decker. He made plays with his feet as well, with four rushes for 18 yards and a number of scrambles which extended plays.
“You really don’t need confirmation when you believe in yourself and you trust your abilities, and you trust your preparation,” Vick said on Monday. “To be able to go out there and play efficiently is great for me. I still didn’t play up to my standards because we didn’t score as much as I knew we could have scored. We didn’t put as many points on the board. But, I believe in myself and I believe in what I can do, and I have been telling you that from day one. But, right now it’s about getting better and trying to continue to sharpen up my game, and never feeling like I know it all. Just continue to try to learn each and every week and trying to stay positive.”
The only negative other than the scoreline was that Vick got knocked out of the game for part of the fourth quarter. He took a hard hit in which his head hit the ground and he required help from the medical staff to make his way to the sidelines. He was out for a series and came back in after passing the concussion protocol.
There are no side effects from the hit, Vick said, including no headaches. But the hit was the result of an offensive line that was poor, allowing him to be sacked three times. The number could have been higher if Vick wasn't so elusive.
Should the Jets lose Sunday, it would be the longest losing streak in franchise history.
“You don’t want to be on the wrong end of one of those types of goals,” Vick said. “You try [not] to be a team losing nine games straight, but the most important thing for us to do is to try to focus on this week, don’t worry about anything outside of what’s going on here in this building, do everything in our power to try to get a win this week and then go into the bye week feeling good and ready to finish strong.”
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