Michael Vick: A New England Patriot?
The Raiders, 49ers, Redskins, Dolphins, and other potential homes for the scrambling southpaw have given the ex-con the cold shoulder. But Vick's glass isn't totally empty, as some playoff-caliber teams have not completely ruled him out.
Though they have not said they are interested, the Baltimore Ravens have admitted to considering the pros and cons of signing Michael Vick. There have been rumors that Pittsburgh wasn't ruling him out either.
That's more than most people are saying. The majority of NFL clubs have said they are not interested even if they believe he deserves to be back in the NFL (just about every coach has said Vick deserves a second chance). Although there is one coach, who has said so much about Vick, by saying so little.
Bill Belichick wants Michael Vick. Bill is a man of few words and even fewer words of praise. He doesn't get excited often and never shows much emotion, especially when speaking to the media. Bill understands that he has a reputation for being a quiet and secretive head coach (doing things like keeping Brady listed as questionable throughout his 50 touchdown season, just to keep people wondering).
He knows that if he shows the slightest interest or excitement, people may read right through him. It is for these reasons (and countless others) that New England loves him, and why New England knows Bill salivates at the thought of what he could do with Michael Vick on his team.
It is impossible to say, after the way he acknowledged Vick's talent, that Coach Belichick hasn't spent a good amount of time thinking about how he could render defensive coordinators useless by throwing an offensive game plan at them that includes Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Fred Taylor, and Michael Vick.
There is no way to plan for the potential offensive attack that a head coach with Bill's abilities could unleash on the NFL.
After calling Vick an "outstanding player" and "tremendous athlete," it is obvious Bill wants him. He doesn't have to say anything else because for Bill Belichick, that is already saying a lot.
Then, instead of saying he wasn't interested at the time, he pawned the decision making process off on someone else, claiming he would be open to anything. According to the Washington Post, he added the following statement:
"You know, I think we have, we would consider...I mean, we're coaching the players that we have on the field right now, so that's who's here," Belichick said. "So, anybody who isn't here, is there potential that they could be here? You know, yeah, there probably is. But right now, they're not."
"We're coaching the 80 players that are here, so until we get somebody else, we're coaching them. If we get somebody else in here, which I'm sure at some point we will, then we'll coach them along with the players that are here. So, who all that's gonna be—you know, I mean right now, it's the 80 players that are here. That's all I can tell you."
Come on Bill, "So, anybody who isn't here, is there potential that they could be here? You know, yeah, there probably is. But right now they're not." He has to know he gave it away. He wants Michael Vick. He doesn't care about the dog fighting because Vick served his time and paid his debt to society. Not to mention, dog fighting has nothing to do with Bill's offensive system.
Bill knows New England fans want championships. Bill also knows that as soon as Vick is signed, any talk in New England of what a bad guy he is will quickly turn into bragging about what a great addition he is to an already spectacular offense.
Bill also knows that Vick will be as easy to manage as Randy Moss when he was signed. Character issues are not a big concern because on a team with Brady, Moss, Bruschi, and other veteran talent, Vick will be a smaller fish in a pretty big pond of talent and leadership.
Go ahead Bill, make the move. Do whatever you need to in order for Mr. Kraft to realize the potential of adding Vick as another offensive weapon. Don't pay him much, he doesn't deserve it, and New England can't afford it.
What he does deserve is a chance, a chance to prove himself, to participate in the sport that took him from the rough life he once endured, and to once again be financially stable.
He served his time, he had the book thrown at him, and lost it all. Sign Vick, make defensive coordinators quit their jobs and make bringing another championship to New England that much easier.
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