Geno Smith replaced Vick midway through the third quarter Monday night with the Jets trailing the Bills 31-3 in Detroit (they ended up losing 38-3). Vick came up limping slightly after a bad interception, but he was seen walking on the sideline shortly thereafter. This appeared to be a mercy benching, and it came with good reason.
Vick completed only 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards with one interception and took seven sacks. Many of the sacks came from Vick holding the ball too long, unaware of where the pressure came from. His box score could have looked even uglier if not for three dropped interceptions by Buffalo. Vick looked out of sorts from the first snap in a performance reminiscent of Andy Dalton's showing against Cleveland in Week 11 on *Thursday Night Football. *
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this season that the team could go back to Smith this season because they know Vick is not a long-term answer at quarterback. Following the game, Rex Ryan declined to announce next week's starter. It would be a surprise if Smith isn't under center next Monday night against Miami.