- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Rex Ryan and Michael Vick might need to huddle up.

While Ryan insisted Wednesday there’s “no doubt” the New York Jets have an open competition at quarterback, Vick continued to differ.

So, here’s where we are: It’s a controversy over a competition that could become a controversy at some point in training camp.

“I think there is competition, there’s no doubt,” Ryan said after the Jets completed the second day of organized team activities. “As a coach, you love it.”

But, shortly after Ryan’s news conference, Vick reiterated his comments from last week, and has said since he signed with New York in March, that Geno Smith is the team’s starting quarterback.

“Nah,” Vick said. “It’s not an open competition.”

Ryan and general manager John Idzik have preached competition at all positions. While Ryan acknowledged that some competition has to be “manufactured” - for instance, center Nick Mangold, left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson are in no danger of losing their jobs - players pushing each other on the field improves everyone.

That was the thought when the Jets signed Vick in March; he would give Smith a serious run for the job. But last week, Vick made it clear he thinks this is Smith’s job to lose and it’s not an open competition, at least not like last year when he and Nick Foles went against each other in Philadelphia.

“We’ve got two guys who are really pushing to be the starting quarterback,” Ryan said, when asked about Vick’s comments from last week.

Vick and Smith split snaps with the starting offense Wednesday.

“I’ve said from Day 1 that I think Geno will be hard to beat out,” Ryan said. “But I’ve also said Mike will have an opportunity to compete, and he definitely will.”

The coach added he didn’t know why Vick thinks it’s not a true competition, but was noncommittal when asked if Vick could be the starter if he outperforms Smith in camp.

“I think we’ll let it play out a little bit,” Ryan said. “It’s the second day of OTAs, so it’s not a closed competition.”

That’s news to Vick, though. He at first danced around questions regarding the quarterback situation and Ryan’s comments.

“I’m here to compete every day to help this team win football games,” Vick said, later repeating that line a few times before appearing to grow frustrated.

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