Dear Al Davis,
(Or, in the interests of intellectual honesty, this plea could be used by a fan of any NFL team whose greatest fear is this.)
As a Born Raider, one who would fly to Alameda, get down on one knee, and kiss your Super Bowl rings like you are the pope, allow me to speak.
I want to address those rumors of you considering Michael Vick, and hopefully dispel them.
Vick is no good for the Raiders for three simple reasons:
1) Back in the day, when Vick was guiding the Falcons to a playoff and a championship, many, many, so-called "experts" and pundits for years declared Vick a "hybrid" quarterback. There is no denying his talent. This hybrid, all the wise men predicted, would be the "prototype" for the modern NFL quarterback.
This would never happen in reality. A quarterback whose strength is to throw for 90 yards and run for another 100 yards has no home in the modern NFL.
2) Al, you would have to completely re-tool your offense, as Atlanta did, to accommodate this kind of quarterback. Once you make your quarterback a viable scoring option on every down, the rules and formations have to change. If they don't, then you have your quarterback running unprotected and taking very big risks—like Vick often did, and got away with.
Speed was key to Vick's skill set. Without that speed, he's another quarterback passing for 100 yards a game. Without that running speed, Vick would have to become a precision passer—a skill he never had. He's a good NFL quarterback with arm strength. I believe that is it.
3) The Raiders could not survive the baggage. I love dogs, but I don't have time to protest (I work for a living) and don't want to be an activist, nor am I that type of person. But running an underground bloody criminal enterprise for seven years does not disappear.
Like all of you Til-I-Die Raiders, I LOVE the HATE from other fans and teams. We thrive off it. Even the late, great Hunter S. Thompson said before he died that "every Sunday you'd be a fool to bet against the Raiders." I believe the world, and probably a lot of the Raider Nation, would feel the shame and sleaze that goes along with a controversial deal like this. I think the addition of Vick would harm our swagger and tradition and pride.
In closing, Al, I understand JaMarcus is a question mark, Garcia a nanny, Walter a wild card, and I have this funny sick feeling, as I do every draft, that you will pull a quarterback out of the fifth round to keep a fire lit under JM.
So be it.
Please let that goofball Cable operate unimpeded. He does motivate the team. I also was in your corner 100 percent regarding dirtbag Lane Kiffin.
GO RAIDERS 2009. RETURN TO SMASHMOUTH. DOMINATE.
P.S.—Don't let Fargas go. He bleeds silver and black.