If Philadelphia Eagles Bench Michael Vick, Arizona Cardinals Sure Could Use Him
Just take a look at Google's search results for Michael Vick. The only thing discussed is whether or not the Eagles should bench him, or even if they will. Vick himself had a comment about that, stating in a press conference following Philadelphia's Week 8 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons (via Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer):
"Obviously, he's thinking about making a change at the quarterback position," Vick said of Andy Reid. "The thing I do know, and I'll go watch the film and I'll evaluate myself, is that I'm giving us every opportunity to win. I'm trying my hardest. Something don't go right when I want them to. Some things do. If that's a decision that coach wants to make, then I support it."
Here's a video of Vick stating just that.
The Eagles are reportedly considering benching Vick for their Monday Night matchup against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9 (via nj.com), something that could very well mean the end of the Michael Vick era in Philadelphia.
I could think of a team that could use Vick, the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals have problems of their own, going 0-4 in their last four games after starting off 4-0. Part of the reason has been the quarterback play, but it goes deeper than that. Arizona's offensive line has been atrocious all season long, which is why both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have been knocked around in the pocket and gotten hurt at times.
Vick would provide something that both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton can't, which is mobility. He would be able to get away from pass rushes that penetrate the Cardinals' porous offensive line. If the goal is making the playoffs, Vick actually gives the Cardinals their best chance.
Plus if Vick could return to some semblance of his form in Arizona, imagine the possibilities of him throwing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald.
Now this isn't to say that quarterback is the problem in Arizona; the problem is an offensive line that can't get any push up front. They're terrible at running the ball and even worse at protecting the quarterback. This isn't a slight on Kolb or Skelton, but a quick remedy to a problem.
If Michael Vick is available this season, should Arizona pursue him?
Vick getting benched still means he's a Philadelphia Eagle, meaning Arizona would have to hope that he is eventually released. There's plenty of reasons why the Eagles would release their quarterback— mainly his salary, as he's due $15.5 million next season. If the Eagles were to release Vick, the Cardinals wouldn't be obligated to pay that money to him, making him a relative one-year bargain rental.
It's grasping for straws, but when a team is close to contending, it might just wind up being a crazy gamble that works. Vick hasn't played well in Philadelphia this season, and in a lame duck season with a potentially lame duck coach, Vick might just be the lamest duck of them all.
But with the Cardinals, he could be their savior, a band-aid until April when Arizona will, "hopefully" as some fans would say, draft an offensive line to protect their quarterbacks.
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