Michael Vick admits he often wonders what may have come of the New York Jets season if he had been installed as the team’s primary signal-caller from Day 1 as he largely has been over the last two weeks.

And after Vick led the Jets to Sunday’s 20-13 win over the Steelers, many more Jets fans must be wondering the same thing. The Jets now find themselves at 2-8 and on the upswing after Vick’s two touchdown, no turnovers performance drew raves from teammates and boasted the confidence of the veteran quarterback himself.

“In my heart, yes,” Vick told reporters when asked if he feels he should have been the team’s starting quarterback ahead of Geno Smith from opening day. “Yeah, I mean, to sit here and say no would show a lack of confidence in myself and my teammates. But absolutely, I think if I was starting from Day 1, then maybe it would’ve been an opportunity. But that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t put in that situation. The team wasn’t put in that situation.”

It all left some wondering if the 34-year-old, 13-year veteran perhaps should have pushed harder in training camp to establish himself ahead of the physically gifted, yet still emotionally fragile Smith. “I don’t feel like I should’ve pushed harder,” he said. “If I would’ve done that, I would’ve been a distraction to this team. I think the coaches saw everything that I was able to bring to the table in the spring, in training camp, and in the preseason, which was all solid for me, and I was happy with the body of work.”

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