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Rex Ryan had concerns about Vick as a bad-weather quarterback

As a four-man quarterback competition continues to percolate in Buffalo, there’s one name that more and more fans are suggesting as a guy who potentially would be better than any of the current candidates.

Mike Vick.

Appearing on Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team considered signing Vick, but decided against it due to concerns regarding Vick’s ability to thrive in inclement weather.

“I had a conversation with Mike,” Ryan said. “Mike’s an outstanding athlete, he’s a tremendous person. I really enjoyed my year with Mike [last season with the Jets], and he’s great for a team. However, our conditions are a little different than most teams in this league. And Mike will tell you, he’s not built really for a bad weather quarterback. He doesn’t have great big hands, and the weather affects him some. And he’d be the first one to tell you.

“You get the wind that we’re gonna have in our stadium and the snow and all that stuff, that’s not in his best interests. And quite honestly, I considered it. We considered it. And I know that’s not the spot for him.”

Without Vick, the competition will continue, perhaps until Week One. And even then, Ryan may keep his cards close to the sweater vest until the Week One game against the Colts begins; he pointed out that there’s no requirement to make any announcements about the identity of the starter before a given game. Which says plenty.

So, for now, all we know for sure is that the starter won’t be Mike Vick.

We also know that you can hear the Rex Ryan interview on demand by clicking here and selecting the “Big Name Guests” tab.