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Posted May 26, 2009
Michael Vick is a Non-Factor
Walter wrote about his take on the Michael Vick dogfighting situation the other day. He thinks Vick doesn't deserve a second chance based on his action that led him up to this point.
I don't completely disagree with him, but I do have to provide my opinion on the Vick situation. Vick won't play again in the league, but it has nothing to do with his character.
Simply put, Vick will never be a player in the NFL ever again because he isn't good enough.
Vick was the most overrated quarterback in the NFL during his entire career. Now, all of a sudden being two years removed from the NFL, he is going to be better than he was before?
Two years have passed on Vick. He is two years slower. He is two years less quick. He is two years weaker. He isn't in shape. He isn't in good form. He won't have the same coordination or instincts because he hasn't been exposed to the speed of the game for quite some time. His technique was terrible before, and it will be even worse now.
People might say, "Your coordination doesn't change." Wrong. Look at Pacman Jones. He was one of the worst return men in the NFL last season. He was a terrible nickel back. In 2006, he was regarded as a shut-down corner and one of the best in the game. A year removed from the NFL completely changed his development. He lost some of his instincts he used to have because he wasn't in good form.
Vick is irrelevant. He shouldn't be talked about at all by the media in terms of him coming back to the NFL because even if he returns, he won't make any sort of an impact. Vick won't be the same player he was - and he wasn't very good to begin with.
Let's look at Vick statistically in his last season in 2006. He was pitiful. He had a 6.4 YPA (yards per attempt) and only completed 52.6 percent of his passes. He makes Tarvaris Jackson look like an All-Pro. He wasn't that much better in 2005 when he completed 55.3 percent of his passes and maintained a 6.2 YPA. He had a career-best TD-INT ratio in 2006 of 1.53:1 (20 TDs, 13 INTs).
He will not be better in any category when he returns to the NFL. Also let's not forget, his best attribute was his mobility. He was a horrendous pocket quarterback to begin with, and with his big loss in speed and athleticism, he will be an even worse quarterback.
A position change won't do much good. He is slow for either position at running back or receiver, and he has no experience playing either position to make the position change.
No owner will want Vick on their roster considering the negative consequences that comes with him because there is no upside in having Vick on your team. He will be a terrible football player, and the negative publicity will just be the icing on the cake to not keep him on the roster.
Vick will get a few tryouts, but once teams see that he has lost it, they will quickly cut him.
I am sick of people talking about Vick. I really can't stand these analysts on ESPN or the NFL Network. They are all talking semantics and they don't know how to analyze anything. They are all discussing who is going to give Vick a chance and the negative aspects of bringing him back.
However, despite playing in the league, I think it is pretty pathetic that none of these highly paid analysts can't even evaluate football talent because Vick's talent is gone - forever. He is a non-factor.