Mike Vick is a mystery to most football fans. When he hit the field three years ago as a beneficiary of a Kevin Kolb injury, he was thrust into the spotlight and performed like everyone thought he would. Like his potential dictated when the Atlanta Falcons took him in the first round.
That was so many years and so many animal abuse trials ago and he isn't the young man or transcendent athlete that we knew fresh out of Virginia. Now he is adrift.
He is still one of the best athletes at his position, fast , elusive with a cannon for an arm. But in the what have you done for me lately world of the Philadelphia Eagles, or quite honestly the NFL itself, he is on the out side looking in.
Nick Foles is the man now, at least until his lack of mobility gets his head torn off behind the Eagles slipshod offensive line. Maybe the Eagles will continue to pound the rock, defenses will put eight in the box to stop them (like Tampa did) and he will again have plenty of time to throw against their 30th ranked pass defense. Vick would have eviscerated the Tampa secondary, and anyone who has seen him play knows this.
Truth be known, I am a Eagle hater and because of that, a Vick hater. Being a lifelong Giant fan, I have hated Mike since he put on the feathers. This year, I watched as a man who had tortured me so relentlessly unfairly take the blame for the struggles of a terrible team, coached by a broken man with a broken heart.
Andy Reid is so burnt out in Philly you can smell him smouldering through the TV. Bad line play, a vile and uncommitted defense and horrible play calling on both sides of the ball, no commitment to the run until....Bryce Brown becomes a stud? Wasn't Shady supposed to be a stud too? Why didn't he ever get the ball 20 times a game when Vick was under center? Do you think it might have slowed down the relentless pressure he was under?
I still think Mike Vick could be a matchup nightmare and consistent wild card for any offense, despite the tread worn off his tires. When the Eagles release or trade him (and they will) I hope ha gets to play them next season, because he is gonna drop 300 and 3 on them.
Here are some teams that would be lucky to get him:
1. Arizona Cardinals
The Cards have a top 10 defense and it could be top 5 if they weren't on the field for 58 out of 60 minutes. Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Micheal Floyd, Rob Housler and Early Doucet are his down field targets.....are you interested yet? Beanie is ok, Willam Powell is a decent runner and an excellent receiver out of the backfield and we all know what LSH can do. Shore up the O line and this team is tailor made for Vick's talents. Vick+Cardinals=Playoffs!
2. Kansas City Chiefs
Passable defense with some upside that also suffers from the spending too much time on the field. But look at the offense: Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin, Steve Breaston and.....Jamaal Charles! Can you imagine Vick drawing the d line and linebackers in and then dumping one to Charles.......60 yards to the house son!!! A little o line help and a healthy Moeaki+Mike Vick=Playoffs!!!!
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, MJD and Marcedes Lewis are more than serviceable targets and this team wins when they throw the ball down field. Chad Henne proved that, and he ain't no Mike Vick. The Blane Gabbert Experiment has clearly failed, so cut bait and give these guys someone who is dynamic (not Chad Henne) and can sling it (Vick). Not as complete as the first two but totally viable because of their parts.
4. New York Jets
Ok... this is the bottom of the barrel situation. Get rid of the dirty Sanchez, Timmy and keep Greg McElroy. Acquire a wide receiver of consequence or at very least relevance. Draft a wide out in the first round. Steven Hill, Dustin Keller and Jeremy Kerley are a good base to start with,the backs are passable and the defense is good. It is more of a stretch than than the first three, but Vick would be a huge upgrade over what they have,because what they have isn't working at all.