The Jets quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick has yet to get underway, but the greatest Jet QB of them all already knows who he thinks should start.

Joe Namath says Vick is the better option, with one caveat.

“If Mike’s healthy I think he’s the better player at this point,” Namath said Tuesday evening at the 21st annual Gridiron Gala, an event run by the United Way and the Jets and Giants that benefits the city’s youth. “Geno’s got some talent no doubt, but we’ve already seen Michael and what he can do. And having some knowledge of Marty (Mornhinweg’s) offense, I think that’s an advantage too for Michael to make the transition.”

Smith started all 16 of the Jets’ games last season en route to an 8-8 record, but the team signed Vick in the offseason to compete with the young QB. The duo will battle it out in training camp for the starting job, although it appears Smith currently has the edge given that Mornhinweg, the offensive coordinator, has said he doesn’t want anything to impede his development. Vick played for Mornhinweg when both were with the Eagles.

“Of course, the coaches are going to decide who’s out there,” Namath said. “But boy, I don’t know any football fan that’s been around for the last nine or 10 years that doesn’t think Michael could be outstanding and is probably the best player at this time.”

Smith struggled in his rookie campaign, completing just 55.8% of his passes and throwing 21 interceptions to just 12 touchdowns.

Namath said the main improvement he’s looking for from Smith is his accuracy.

Namath added that he never considered that the Jets would take Johnny Manziel in the draft, even though the quarterback was on the board when the Jets selected at 18.