The New York Jets' starting quarterback job is wide open. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Tuesday that Michael Vick was not signed just to be a backup.

Both Geno Smith and Vick will have a chance to start for the Jets in Week 1.

"Will there be legitimate opportunities? Absolutely," Ryan said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting.

Ryan couldn't contain his enthusiasm for Vick, saying he's a "rare athlete who doesn't come along very often." Ryan warned Smith about the move before it happened, and mentioned that perhaps the Jets could even get Smith and Vick on the field at the same time. (Because that worked so well with Tim Tebow.)

"It's going to be interesting to see the competition, but Geno is going to be hard to beat out," Ryan said.

Rex is not afraid to fall in love with a quarterback, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Vick is his next crush. Ryan might even need to tweak the Mark Sanchez tattoo he got years back.