Like it or not, this is the summer of Michael Vick.
If you are a fan of an NFL team with a weak quarterback or Wildcat offense potential, then prepare for the media storm coming your way.
No matter who you are you need to know one thing:
Michael Vick will play football in the NFL this year.The NFL just works that way.
But since I'm sure everyone has already had ESPN jam this story down his or her throat more frequently than an organic object in a Jenna Jameson flick, I'll discuss the more important aspect of the upcoming football season:
Madden 2010 comes out on Aug. 15.
I'll let that sink in for a second...
For the inexperienced Madden player, I shall take a break from the confines of this literary wunderkind, this existentialist mind-blower, and delve into hardcore video game knowledge.
Michael Vick is the greatest Madden character ever. He's faster then most defensive players. He can break tackles from the only players faster than him, which are cornerbacks. He isn't accurate, but it doesn't really matter. Someone will always be wide open—this is Madden after all. All he needed was a "burner" or speed receiver, and someone tall he could throw to over the middle.
Minnesota has Berrian to fit the speed role, and Sidney Rice can be that leaping, taller guy.
His only true downfall comes from the ability to "hot route" the QB contain, which means placing a defensive player in to contain after the defensive play is selected and forcing Vick to throw against a defense with 7-8 defenders dropped back.
The weakness in such a defensive strategy comes from having to spread your defensive line outward to make it work. This would leave huge running lanes, only, the Falcons never had anyone capable of making people pay.
Enter Purple Jesus.
Adrian Peterson has secretly become the best Madden running back ever. He's faster than anybody, stronger than anybody, and can run your defensive linemen over like Pete Rose in the All-Star game.
Dropping 7-8 guys against Adrian Peterson is video game suicide.
This combo would force opposing teams into terrible situations on every down.
If you stack the line, audible into a roll-out.
If they spread the line out, call the draw.
The possibilities are endless.
Is Vick going to be a great quarterback this year or ever?
Most likely, no.
But when has real life ever affected how Madden works. In Madden, the Raiders are really good. In Madden, L.T never gets injured in important playoff games. In Madden, "Mrs. Chicken of the Sea" never derails my quarterback's season. There are no mentally infantile girlfriends, no Cheddar Bob moments, and most importantly...
There are no dogs.
So please Minnesota, placate me and all the Madden fans around the globe with the single greatest Madden team that we don't have to cheat the computer to create.