Michael Vick: Why Jets Should Avoid Quarterback at All Costs

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball as  Josh Brent #92 of the Dallas Cowboys defends on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick has expressed interest in moving to the New York Jets. But that doesn't mean they need to respond in kind.

The Jets are in a death spiral right now. Years of large guaranteed-money contracts, poor drafting and a failure to admit mistakes has rendered the Jets impotent. 

A large part of the failure to admit mistakes is the complete mishandling of the quarterback situation.

Rex Ryan firmly believed that Mark Sanchez was his man. That isn't so terrible on its face. The franchise selected Sanchez with the fifth overall pick in 2009, and he helped lead the team to two straight AFC Championship Game appearances.

Although the amount of credit that should be paid to Sanchez for that success is debatable, the results are not. There was a reason to have at least a little faith. 

However, there was no reason to begin the Tim Tebow discussion. The Jets had handed Sanchez a large amount of guaranteed money (shocking!) and then created a firestorm of media attention on an already shaky quarterback.

The ensuing disaster of a season by the quarterbacks was basically preordained.

Which leads us back to the Vick situation.

Vick has unequivocally stated that he will not submit to a backup role. He is convinced he is a starting quarterback in the NFL and will not listen to any arguments opposite that conclusion. 

That's not a good thing for anybody, but especially the Jets.

Sanchez's biggest problem in New York has been his turnovers. He has committed 50 of them in the last two seasons (and he hasn't even been the starter all year).

Guess what ultimately led to Vick's demise? Precisely. Vick has gift-wrapped the ball for his opponents an astounding 36 times in 22 games. 

And that's just the on-the-field argument.

The Jets are in need of a complete overhaul. The locker-room toxicity has finally worn through to the field. Even Tebow couldn't counteract it, and the New York media only amplified the noise.

Bringing in the league's biggest lightening rod will not quiet the roar. 

Now that you've reached the end of this article, can you even think of a good reason to sign Vick?