|Pre-prison Vick was a fundamentally sound quarterback.|
Now obviously he is never going to be as accurate as Peyton, but I have a hard time trying to think of someone more entertaining than Vick. The way that he avoided a sack by the Lions DE on the blindside by just instinctively spinning out of it was amazing. It doesn't appear that years inside a federal prison has slowed him down at all. And I don't know how or why (and the sample size is small), but Vick seems "smarter". It's like he is finally starting to get what it takes to play quarterback (it's 80% decision-making and 20% not killing pets).
Look, the NFC East sucks this year. I know it and you know it, too. Any of those teams can win it with a 9-7 record. Vick should be starting for Philly. He gives them the best chance to win. I really don't get why Shamu is being so stubborn about this anyway. Kevin Kolb may be the quarterback of the future, but Vick is the QB now. He's going to be gone next year anyway. If this is just an ego trip that will allow Reid not to admit that he was wrong to go with KK over McNabb, then that is retarded. In that division, you aren't allowed to rebuild (which explains why the Skins have been awful for a decade). You have to win every year. Sitting a better player in favor of a shittier one makes zero sense. And let's be honest here, the Eagles are losing O-lineman to injury faster than the amount of time it takes Uncle T to shit out all of the nut-juice deposited up his ass. Wouldn't it be better to have a QB that can avoid the blitz rather than a statue coming off of a concussion? Why hasn't Andy Reid been fired yet? Has there ever been another instance where a worse player played over a better one?
Before I stop giving Mike Vick another toothy prison BJ, lets talk about his future. If Derek Jeter is having one of the worst contract years ever, Vick is the complete opposite. As I said earlier, it's just two games but they showed that he still has the talent to be a top ten QB in the league (against some pretty solid defenses). Between Mallett, Luck, and maybe Locker, three teams are going to invest in a first round QB next April. In my opinion, there are 5-7 teams looking for a QB going into next offseason (MIN, OAK, BUF, JAX, ARI, and maybe CLE and SF).
I don't see Oakland happening because putting a convicted felon out in Raider Nation is a fucking horrible idea. Vick's people would never allow that to happen. Jacksonville will probably never employ another black QB after they finally cut the increasingly terrible David Garrard. The Browns may foolishly think that Colt McCoy should get another year and Alex Smith actually looked pretty good Monday. That leaves three teams: Minnesota, Buffalo, and Arizona.
The Vikings are intriguing because there is some playoff talent there. Putting Vick and AP in the same backfield would be nasty. After this coming awful season by Favre, there wouldn't be too big of shoes to fill. And he's better than what they've got left. The Cardinals need some help, too, as their window is closing. Vick throws a good deep ball and those receivers would be really good for him.
But I think that the answer is Buffalo. The Bills need him. He needs a distraction-free place like upstate New York. Unless you are Marshawn Lynch, who gets in trouble in Buffalo? They need a playmaker. Vick brings that. They need to get people interested again. Vick brings that. They need a QB that can handle the end of the season games in Buffalo. Vick can do that because he doesn't rely on accuracy anyway and teaming him up with that run game would be lethal. Think about it for a minute. The Bills are going to either be picking 1 or 2. They could take Ryan Mallett and give him 55 million guaranteed. OR they could sign a proven playmaker to something like 5 years/30-35 million with behavioral clauses and incentives AND get the best offensive lineman in the draft. I think it makes too much sense for the Bills NOT to do this. Which is why they probably won't and continue to be meaningless to everyone except for Chris Berman.
In conclusion, I think that we all forgot how entertaining Mike Vick can be on the football field. At 31, there is still a LOT of good football left for him to play. Unfortunately, Andy Reid is going to make us forget about him again. Much like he forgot about being a decent dad.
***Well, fuck you, Andy Reid. Naming Vick the starter after I already wrote this. Whatever...I'm not changing it.