Jets QB Michael Vick after facing Chargers: 'I wasn't prepared'

Michael Vick gets points for honesty and that's about it. After an abysmal performance in the second half of Sunday's blowout loss to the Chargers, the Jets quarterback admitted that he was unprepared.

"Maybe I didn't prepare or I wasn't prepared, but I'll tell you what, it won't happen again," Vick said, according to the New York Post.

Shocking, we know, especially when you consider that Vick started 1 for 11 for seven yards and finished a whopping 8 of 19 for 47 yards and spent much of the afternoon taking beatings like this:

“I learned a lesson last week: always stay ready, always be prepared,” said Vick, who conceded he took some scout-team reps for granted. “That left a bitter taste in my mouth that I wasn’t able to go out and put points on the board or even help this team in any fashion. So this week has been a different work week from me [and] throughout the rest of the year, it’s going to be totally different for me as far as my preparation.”

Silver lining: Nobody else in the Jets organization was prepared either, which coach Rex Ryan made abundantly clear in his postgame press conference/standup act.

"It was a complete, you know, ass-whipping," Ryan said Sunday evening. "And it was me that was getting my ass kicked, and I think that's where it is. It's on one man, it's on me. I understand what needs to be done and it'll start with our preparation -- like it always does -- but again, I thought I had my team prepared but clearly that wasn't the case."

Vick remains the backup in New York, even though Geno Smith was benched at halftime following a 4-of-12, 27-yard, one-interception effort against the Chargers.

If nothing else, Michael Vick gets points for honesty. (Getty Images)
Michael Vick completed only one of his first 11 throws in San Diego. (Getty Images)

"I'm going with Geno Smith," Ryan said of the Jets' Week 6 matchup against the Broncos. "It wasn't on him. He wasn't the guy out there blocking or blowing assignments or doing whatever. Clearly, it's not on one player ... Geno will be our quarterback next week and that's the way it is."

For as bad as it looked, it could have been worse for Vick. For some historical perspective on all this consider Bills backup Billy Joe Hobert: In 1997, he was forced into the lineup when Todd Collins went down with an injury. After the game, Hobert admitted he didn't read the playbook that week and was wholly unprepared to play against the Patriots. Hobert threw two interceptions on his first three passes, Buffalo lost 33-6 and he was promptly released.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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