Our long national nightmare will be over in the next few days when the Jets put an official end to an officially laughable quarterback “competition” that insulted the intelligence of every sensible person in this solar system.

BREAKING NEWS: Geno Smith is the Jets’ starting quarterback.

Rex Ryan’s announcement will happen soon as long as Smith escapes injury against the Giants on Friday night, shifting the focus to the real issue: How much time will the organization give Smith as it attempts to balance his development with the desire to win right now?

For the first time in Ryan’s tenure, he has a viable veteran backup who can save the day if his starter flops. Mike Vick has handled the past five months with admirable artistry, showering Smith with public support, the ultimate team guy who believes he can still get it done at age 34 if needed.

Vick knows that patience in this league is a myth.

“At this point, everybody’s required to do everything the same way,” Vick told the Daily News. “Geno has taken that step in the right direction. I think he’s ready to lead this team. But there’s been a lot of quarterbacks that started as rookies and started young. There’s really no other way but to go out and win. Regardless of the year the player is in, you got to go out and get it done.”

“There wasn’t patience with me,” Vick continued. “There wasn’t patience with Brett Favre. I’ve seen Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco go in there as rookies. Ben Roethlisberger. They had to get it done and they got it done. There’s really no patience, just being honest. . . . We got to win and we got to win now.”

This summer was never about finding the Jets’ Week 1 starter. That decision was made long ago thanks to Smith’s encouraging play last December, which gave the team’s brain trust hope that it might have found its man.