Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick stretches during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Earth to Michael Vick: Please Stop Talking!


First Michael Vick is not thrilled about being a backup quarterback. Now we learn that he is a bit delusional too.

Maybe it would be best if he stopped talking entirely.

According to Mr. Vick, he was the first running quarterback, the guy that changed the game.

“I was the guy who started it all,” the New York Jets quarterback told ESPN.com. “I revolutionized the game. I changed the way it was played in the NFL.”

Really, Michael? Are you sure?

Yes, Michael Vick does have the record for quarterback rushing yards with 5,857. Yes, Vick, for a time, was the jersey every kid was wearing, and the player kids tried to model themselves after. Running style quarterbacks all tried to model themselves after Michael Vick.

But, to say that he was the first ever, couldn’t be more wrong.

Hey Michael, you were alive to see Randall Cunningham play. He didn’t have your numbers, but he did run for 4,928 yards. That’s a pretty high number before you ever saw the field, so I guess you didn’t “revolutionize” the game.

What about Steve Young? He ran for over 4,200 yards, which again doesn’t amount to Vick and his total, but proves it’s been done before.

Michael, wake up!

There would also be Fran Tarkenton. Vick was not alive to see him play, so we can’t get on him entirely. Well, yes we can, if you know about the game at all, you know who Fran Tarkenton is. He ran for over 3,500 yards from the quarterback position, all before Vick was born.

Revolutionize? Ummm…..no.

How about more recent players like Donovan McNabb? How about Steve McNair? These are all quarterbacks that used their feet as well as they used their arms from the quarterback position.

Was Michael Vick good at running the ball from the quarterback position? Sure, he has the record for being the best. Was he the first? No. Did he revolutionize the position? Absolutely not.

Earth to Michael Vick, come back to us. Come back to us, and stop talking. Especially when you have no idea what you are talking about.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Vick is Vick. It’s what you get from him every time, he’s been so hyped up by the media, head coaches and even owners that he’s played for. Vick was coddled from the get go, except for the “dog incident” he ego was fed. Hell they worshiped him in Atlanta! Philadelphia, no different as he was billed as the “savior” of that franchise. Is he a good quarterback? Absolutely!! Does he have anything left? Yet to be seen. I hated the idea of bringing him here at first, but have mellowed in my view of the move as things developed. If he can settle into a back up’s role, he can really push Smith. Smith can pick Vick’s game apart and adopt what works for him. I do think you’re right Alan. I think the Jets will have to limit his “media availability” Vick likes to talk, and if there is an opportunity, has no problem telling folks how good he is. The days of the back up quarter back having weekly “press time” has to come to an end, otherwise this could turn ugly. I won’t mention his name, but remember that “QB” we got from Denver a few years back? He was given those weekly pressers, and we all saw the “circus”. I think the Jets would be wise to be wary of allowing that to happen again! Keep Mike, just keep him away from a “mike”!!!

    • Alan Schechter

      Exactly,we need to stop giving the backup quarterback a forum. I mean, let’s think back. I can’t think of any time, or any other team, where the backup quarterback got press time. And no I will never speak the name of that thing we got from Denver.

    • AC

      Yeah, things are getting all too familiar with Vick sounding off these days. I think that he thinks he is getting a raw deal for some reason, even though he knew what his role would be coming here. If Vick wants to make a splash, the time to do it will be during the preseason. But if he is playing against second string defenses, it will be hard to really assess where he is. I don’t think the Jets had many viable options but I think bringing Vick in was a mistake. Because of the way the fans here can be, the first game Geno doesn’t play well, the Vick chants will begin. Please, I have seen articles where sportswriters are actually feeling bad for Vick. If he was such a coveted starting QB, why didn’t anyone else want to sign him? Keep the mike away from Mike sounds like a good mantra to me!

  • bearisity

    I remember many a time the media would harp on his play if he ran alot. Saying because he ran alot he could not throw. Then the next game he would only stay in the pocket and do just as well. The only knock is in more recent times he would try to do to much and hold on to the football getting him hit too often.