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Raiders GM Al Davis Is Addicted To Speed, Is He Thinking Michael Vick?

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) arrives at federal court with attorney Billy Martin (R) August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.  (Photo by Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)
Brandon KippContributor IMay 20, 2009

This isn't yet another article debating whether or not Michael Vick should be allowed back into the NFL. There are plenty of those already.

If Vick is indeed reinstated, Raiders GM "Undead" Al Davis will be salivating with glee.

Lets be honest: JaMarcus Russell is not the QB that Oakland was hoping for. In 2008, he passed for a meager 161.5 yards per game, failing to keep up with last resort QB's like Detroit's Dan Orlovsky, and San Fransisco's Shaun Hill.

Upon drafting Russell with the first overall selection, Davis said he was reminded of John Elway.

I don't see the resemblance.

To be fair, Oakland is a tough place for any QB to succeed, and there is no guarantee that Vick could run the Oakland offence any better than Russell.

Vick is fast though. Very fast.

Speed is something Al Davis seems to covet more than actually winning football games. Think about it. The guy selected Darius Heyward Bey seventh overall, because was fast!

Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin, both having much more college success and NFL potential, were still on the board. Scouts were being generous when they gave Heyward Bey a late first round grade.

Davis' obsession with speed and Russell's ineffectiveness make Vick a prime candidate to take over as the Raiders QB.

Plus, Davis is already a friend of the family.

Vick's cousin, Aaron Brooks had a brief stint with the Raiders, but he was well past his prime at that point. He just didn't have enough left in the tank for it to work out.

If Russell has another slow start next season, don't be surprised if Davis takes a look at Vick.

After all, he's faster.

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