In typical New York Jets fashion, the week they were eliminated from the playoff picture is the week they made the biggest national headlines.
Over the past few days, reports of the Jets' interest in soon-to-be-former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick have popped up in all corners of the Internet. Most notably, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News dropped this sure-to-be-contentious bombshell on Wednesday:
The News has learned that Michael Vick, who is expected to be released by the Eagles shortly after the season, would be amenable to coming to the Jets if Sanchez is out of the equation.
“Bring it on,” one Jets source said about signing Vick if he becomes available. “He was hit too many times (behind a subpar offensive line) the last two years.”
Rex Ryan may be the X-factor to landing Vick, according to sources. Ryan has always had an affinity for Vick, who could potentially help save the coach from getting his walking papers after the 2013 season.
“(Ryan) loves him,” a team official said.
And from there, the story snowballed out of control. The move—or at least the hypothetical notion of it—has been met with overwhelming vitriol thus far. The prevailing thought of the collective Internet consciousness can be best summed up with an eye roll and an utterance of "Please God, not this again."
Which is fair. The Jets' impractical acquisition of Tim Tebow last summer, along with the subsequent media coverage, can only be described as soapy. It sold jerseys, sure, but it also contributed to the systematic disintegration of a former contender's championship fabric.
Bringing in Michael Vick—an equally contentious quarterback, plagued with the same turnover problems as Mark Sanchez—would be more of the same. Right?
Michael Vick might actually be a perfect fit in the Big Apple—one of the few men capable of salvaging an offense gone awry.
His stock took a palpable (and well-deserved) hit this season, but it's hard to give Vick the entirety of the blame. He lost All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters in the offseason, then subsequently lost center Jason Kelce, guard Danny Watkins and tackle Todd Herremans. In his last few weeks of action, he was essentially playing behind a practice squad offensive line.
Who wouldn't get sacked and turn it over under those circumstances?
The Jets have a well-documented dearth of skill-position threats, which many feel would hinder Vick after three years of playing with LeSean McCoy, Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. But some of Vick's best years in Atlanta came with a similar lack of receiving options. In 2004, he took the Falcons to the NFC Championship game.
His receivers? Peerless Price and Dez White.
You see, Vick was never meant to operate in a precise offense. A well-oiled machine doesn't bode well with his knack for improvisation (or, admittedly, his occasional accuracy problems). The Jets offense would need him to create for himself, and that need would free Vick of the shackles he was often burdened with in Philly.
The pressure to conjure yardage out of thin air is what gets Vick going. Especially following a year where many deemed him "over the hill."
The move would be lambasted in the media. And the ensuing media circus would be familiarly insufferable. But Michael Vick and the Jets are a match made in heaven—a symbiotic paring that would give both parties exactly what they need to succeed.
I don't like it either, but that's just the way it is.