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Michael Vick: I can't try to play like 24-year-old me

Michael Vick was a lot better than Geno Smith on Sunday.

That's not saying much, of course. Smith threw three interceptions in less than a quarter and finished with the dreaded 0.0 passer rating. Vick came on and led the Jets on two touchdown drives, but also threw an interception and fumbled four times (losing two).

Vick will make his first start in more than a year when the Jets visit the Kansas City Chiefson Sunday. The veteran quarterback blamed his trio of turnovers against the Bills on trying to play beyond his limitations.

"I got greedy," he said Wednesday, according to Newsday. "I was trying to play like 24-year-old Mike Vick. You have to play with some type of control."

Jets coach Rex Ryan warned Vick about improving his ball security when he gave him the starting job on Monday. It creates a quandary for the veteran, who built his brand on a loose and athletic playing style.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who coached Vick during his Philadelphia renaissance period, expects Vick to be dangerous -- whether he's 24 or 34.

"He's going to be 50 years old and still be the fastest guy on the field and the best arm on the field," Reid said.

The Jets are 1-7 and going nowhere, so they have no reason to stick with Vick if he struggles. Consider Vick a start-by-start proposition with Smith -- or perhaps even Matt Simms -- waiting in the wings.

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