It's official: the New York Jets have named Michael Vick as their starting quarterback as the team prepares to face the Kansas City Chiefs this week. Vick replaced second-year signal caller Geno Smith after the struggling sophomore threw three interceptions in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills. Vick ended up throwing 18 completions on 36 attempts for 153 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Jets' seventh straight loss of the season.
Vick, who signed with the Jets as a free agent during the 2014 offseason, hasn't started an NFL game since Week 8 of the 2013 season. The then-Eagles quarterback attempted 9 passes in a Philadelphia loss to the New York Giants 15-7. Vick entered the game with a hamstring injury and was replaced by then-rookie quarterback Matt Barkley.
Vick originally signed with the Eagles in 2009. It was former Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid, now in charge of the Kansas City Chiefs, that was willing to give Vick a second chance in the NFL. Reid and Vick will reunite on Sunday (on opposite sidelines, of course) as the Jets travel west to face the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.