Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterbackMichael Vick
(7) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
As we reported yesterday, the Jets are hot and heavy about Michael Vick. They want him, and they would like to close the deal sooner rather than later. It will take time of course, because the Jets will be far from the only team involved. Michael himself, however, has told friends and former teammates that his next team is going to be the Jets.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. I want Michael Vick nowhere near our locker room, nowhere near our huddle, nowhere near our team unless he is in the visitor’s locker room.
And it has nothing to do with dog-fighting. Not at all.
First of all, he turns the ball over all the time. Take a look at his stats:
In his top years, he threw for less than 10 interceptions only twice. Every other season, there were interceptions all over the place. He is not an accurate quarterback, and that is not the influence that Geno Smith needs in the quarterback room. He has posted a 56% completion percentage for his career. That is not good enough.
Notice anything else when looking at his stats? He is NEVER HEALTHY. I see only one season where Michael started 16 out of 16 games. He is not even close to being durable. If he were to win the job, the odds are pretty good that he would miss time, and Geno Smith would be back under center anyway. Should they really spend a lot of money on a guy that can’t stay on the football field.
The logic is there. Michael Vick is familiar with the Marty Mornhinweg offense is clear, and an asset. He would have a great deal knowledge coming into Jets camp. But…..
Everything around him makes it just not worth it.
It’s not that he hasn’t earned the right to play football again. It is obvious that he has cleaned up his act. But, there will be a ton of media attention around Vick’s locker every day. With his history in this league, everyone will be all over him. We do not need the backup quarterback to be a bigger draw than the starter. Haven’t we seen that movie before…….
Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbackTim Tebow
(15) runs off the field after the Jets 27-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers at MetLIfe Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Keep Michael Vick away. We can find another backup quarterback. He is not the only game in town.