Since yesterday's shocking Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault allegations, the Internet has been buzzing like a college freshman who just bonged his second beer.
In regards to the civil suit, people seem to fall into one of two camps. The majority of the populace thinks that Roethlisberger is innocent; however, there are plenty of people out there that think Andrea McNulty's charges are so detailed that Roethlisberger may actually be found liable.
The point is this: If you're running the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, you need a plan B.
I guarantee you, if Mike Tomlin is 99 percent sure Roethlisberger is going to get through this, the NFL head coach in his head is saying, "Mike, what about that one percent, what if he doesn't get through this. Can we compete in the AFC North, let alone win a Super Bowl, with Charlie Batch or Dennis Dixon?"
I'll answer that question for you, Coach Tomlin: Transformers 2 will win best picture at the Academy Awards before you find success with either Batch or Dixon as your full-time starter.
This works on two levels for Pittsburgh.
First, the publicity surrounding the move would be huge. The media coverage would be so insane it might leave people wondering who Andrea McNulty is. It would give Roethlisberger room to breathe at training camp, as Vick would certainly be the person of interest for the media.
Second, and most importantly, Tomlin could sit Vick down and say, "Look Mike, we know you want to be the starter. Well, if Ben can't go this year, the team is yours. If Ben does play, then we'll make you a vital part of the offense like Bill Cowher did with Kordell Stewart a decade ago.
"Keep in mind, if Ben's playing, we're not going to wildcat you, because that's not what we do. We're actually going to make you a vital part of our game plan. You'll get snaps at quarterback, wide receiver, and running back."
How could Vick say no to an opportunity with the defending Super Bowl champs?
The best part is this—Vick only has to sign a one-year deal. Sign for one year, $1 million. Put escalator clauses in the contract so that if he is starter (should Ben be suspended), he could earn substantially more.
If Roethlisberger plays, Vick has one good season with the Steelers and goes on to earn a large payday with another team in 2010. If Roethlisberger doesn't play and Vick has a stellar season under center, then, once again, he goes on to earn a large payday with another team in 2010.
As a Bengals fan, the idea of Vick to the Steelers scares me more than a knee injury to Carson Palmer. If I were a Steelers fan, I would be salivating at the thought.
Check out my blog for some exclusive information on the Roethlisberger case. Did you know McNulty hired her lawyer in March, check the blog for a timeline of events.