What Now, Mike? Is Time Running Out on Vick's Second Chance?
Things have been quiet on the quarterback front, which actually doesn't bode well for Michael Vick's chances at starting somewhere in 2010. All the talk about trading Vick, McNabb, or Kolb seems to be just that...talk.
The Eagles don't seem to be entertaining reasonable offers, even though sitting on all three quarterbacks actually HURTS their team next year.
The more time goes by, the more it seems that the Rams might be taking Sam Bradford after all, and it seems that teams like Buffalo are more willing to draft a QB and train him to run their system rather than trade for Vick and hope he can learn it.
Even though Carolina cut Jake Delhomme, it appears that the job is Mat Moore's to lose. The best I think Michael can do is find a team that's at least willing to give him a chance to compete for the job. That list is small indeed.
Carolina still remains a good fit for Michael, although he will have to battle Mat Moore for the job. Not an impossible task, but Moore was 4-1 last year as a starter, and has the benefit of already knowing the system.
Should Brett Favre retire, Vick makes a lot of sense there. If the Vikings think tank hasn't had faith in Jackson all this time, they aren't suddenly going to turn the keys to the car over to him now. I'm sure they realize they never should have went after Sage Rosenfels at all.
After Carolina and Minnesota, the list of teams is almost non-existent, and the battles for the starting jobs will be tougher. Assuming that the Rams take Bradford and the Bills take Jimmy Clausen, Vick is going to have a hard time getting a call from anywhere else.
That's a problem.
Last year was supposed to just be a one-shot deal to show what he had to other teams. If he sits as the number three in Philly this year, it is virtually impossible that a team is going to give him a starting job at 30, going on 31—out of football for two years and then a third stringer for two more years.
His agent should obviously be gauging interest from teams like Cleveland, Oakland, Jacksonville, Denver, and Arizona—but he better be serious and ready for a tough struggle to give up the clipboard.
Can he be a good starter?
I've never been one to look kindly on Vick's questionable passing ability. However, he can make plays and excite the fans as well as his teammates. Right now he needs to be more vocal—with class—but vocal.
He can't sit by and watch Philadelphia make exorbitant demands and force him to happily sit as the third stringer. He needs something to happen before the draft, or he's going to watch the parade go by. These next few weeks will be a test of Michael's desire to start, and a chance to show the world how he's matured.
Let's hope he can make the grade.
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