Could Michael Vick Follow Andy Reid to the Kansas City Chiefs?
As we know, everyone deserves one.
After completing the 2012 campaign at 4-12, Andy Reid is already out of Philadelphia, and Michael Vick is surely going to be one of the next guys to go.
Reid found his way to the Kansas City Chiefs just four days after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles. After he completed a 14-year run that featured five NFC Championship game appearances and one Super Bowl appearance, the tables had turned on Reid.
It was the end of an era.
Reid had much success with quarterbacks under his system. Donovan McNabb, who was booed when the Eagles took him in the 1999 NFL Draft with the second overall pick, had a tremendous career. But when he left Philadelphia for the Washington Redskins, he struggled.
After Reid was ready to call it quits with McNabb, he turned to his next QB project, Kevin Kolb.
Then came Week 1 in the 2010-11 season against the Packers. Kolb went down with an injury, and it was Vick's turn to prove he still had something left in the tank.
Vick was a year fresh out of serving a near two-year jail sentence. He came in and shocked the world, showing flashbacks of his old speed and quickness. He rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries to go along with 174 passing yards.
He led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and, more importantly, an NFC East divisional crown.
After losing in the first round of the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers, Vick seemed poised to get his team even further in 2011-12.
We all know the "Dream Team" rhetoric and all that jazz. The Eagles were a disappointment and finished 8-8.
A year later, the Eagles were destined to make up for their lack of success. Well, that didn't quite happen.
Many people put the blame on Vick for all of his turnovers and poor decision making, but I disagree and have the guy's back.
In the offseason, left tackle Jason Peters went down with an injury that kept him out of the 2012 season. Already, Vick was without an important piece to protect him from defensive linemen.
The Eagles signed Demetrius Bell to replace Peters, and that couldn't have gone any worse.
Over the season, the Eagles lost four more starting offensive linemen, allowing 48 sacks and a concussion to Michael Vick.
The statistics tell me one of two things: The quarterback held the ball for too long, or the offensive line didn't do its job.
In this case, I have to put the blame on the depleted offensive line.
If Michael Vick has an offensive line to protect him, he can start at quarterback in this league.
Andy Reid clearly knows Michael Vick more than anyone and stated numerous times that Michael is his guy. They both could get a fresh new start in Kansas City together.
I am not saying this is going to happen by any means, but I do somewhat still believe in Vick. I still feel he and Reid get along well. With a fresh start, they could have some success together.
Michael Vick and Jamaal Charles in the backfield don't sound too bad either. Then, the Chiefs could go out and select Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft to give Vick ultimate protection.
It really isn't a horrible idea to consider. The Chiefs may be considering Geno Smith, but I feel if you have the first pick in the draft, you take the best player.
I have Geno ranked 19th on my board, while Luke Joeckel is the best tackle prospect I have seen in years.
The Chiefs should definitely exercise the thought. We already saw Vick shine after he got a second chance.
Could he shine again with a third?
Offensive statistics courtesy of ESPN.com.
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