Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Where might Mike Vick fit?

It looks like Mike Vick will be available during the ’09 season to some team that wants to check their moral consciousness at the door in exchange for some fleeting hope that a gifted athlete can positively impact their team’s fortunes. Talk about selling your soul!

But really, what team will take the risk and the accompanying public relations nightmare with Vick? The knee jerk response by most when asked that question is the Oakland Raiders.

And that begs the question (at least in my mind), “Why?”

Vick wants to be a quarterback (although admittedly he has little say in the matter if he wants back in) and say what you want about his athletic prowess but as an NFL signal caller, he is at best average. Plus there are 30 million reasons why Al Davis shouldn’t bother with Vick – the money invested in JaMarcus Russell.

So if the Raiders pass, who else is out there that might take a flyer on Vick?

Two teams that could consider the former Falcon, both with ties to the Ravens, are the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers.

Of those two, the Jets would appear to be the least likely candidate but I must admit the hell raising, rebel-like bloodlines of Rex Ryan may evoke flashbacks of his pop Buddy and Randall Cunningham. But that would likely be just a fleeting thought for the Jets new head coach despite his need for a quarterback.

And that brings me to Mike Singletary and the 49ers.

Singletary is that strong motivational leader who just might be attracted to the prospects of Vick. He has sort of an evangelical approach to coaching and he could spin the acquisition in a way that might be acceptable to the 49ers’ fan base. It’s a dangerous move with exaggerated swings of potential upside and downside but of all the coaches in the NFL, Singletary could be Vick’s best bet.

But first, he should be forced to do community service at your local area PetSmart…


Harryos29 said...

Harry O 29 Feb 19th
...As Far as MICHAEL VICK is concerned...the Sopranos used to say "FUGEDABOUDID".
Tony, it will be interesting to see if anybody bites on this foul smelling hook. Vick is not a talented passer: End of story!