There are a lot of lists keeping track of teams not interested in the services of Michael Vick. I am keeping one of my own. It includes teams that have a lack of stability at quarterback and can’t afford to look past adding Vick for the sake of being politically correct.
For the record, I agree with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell when he says that playing in the NFL is not a right but a privilege. If the commissioner believes a second chance is in order for Vick, that should be good enough for any team. Remember, no commissioner in history has done more to protect the shield. Taking it a step further, there is unanimity among players and front-office personnel that Vick deserves a second chance. However, many executives don’t have the “pair” to do what they want to, fearing the wrath of the owner, fans or external groups.
Here’s the comedy of the situation. Taking an anti-Vick stand because the coach or general manager is afraid of some kind of backlash won’t prevent them from being fired. Keep in mind that 30-plus coaches have been fired over the last four years. There also has been an escalation in the frequency of bagging GMs. And the reason that most coaches and GMs are fired is because they have issues at the QB position.
Let’s be clear: I DON’T KNOW WHAT MICHAEL VICK HAS LEFT AFTER BEING AWAY FOR TWO YEARS. I’m not saying he will be the answer for any team. What I am saying is that someone will be fired, and shame on whoever is fired because he still needs a quarterback after passing on Vick.
Here’s my Vick watch list. These are the teams that I believe should entertain the idea of bringing in Vick because they have some questions at the QB position:
- San Francisco
- St. Louis