Vick thinks he’ll have to wait for someone to get injured

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There aren’t enough quarterbacks to go around in today’s NFL. And yet one of the most talented NFL quarterbacks of the last generation remains curiously out of work.

Mike Vick, the first overall pick in the 2001 draft whose career in Atlanta imploded in a dogfighting scandal and who played well enough with the Eagles in 2010 to secure a five-year, $80 million contract, has fallen off the league’s radar screen, with no one pursuing him or, as far as anyone can tell, even interested in him.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Vick currently believes that he’ll have to wait for a quarterback to be injured until getting a shot.

There are several potential factors keeping Vick from currently being employed. First, he hasn’t fully embraced the concept of being a backup; an ideal backup accepts the role and doesn’t aspire to start. Second, his performance with the Jets in last year’s game against the Chargers as a backup suggests that Vick isn’t suited to putting in the work needed to prepare to play when he thinks he most likely won’t be playing.

Third, many players currently in the league grew up idolizing Vick, creating a potential locker-room rift if Vick is signed to be the backup on a team that doesn’t have a firmly-entrenched starter.

Vick surely still has the talent to play in the NFL. He’d instantly become the best quarterback in Buffalo, if the Bills were to sign him. (Apparently, coach Rex Ryan came to some sort of a conclusion about Vick during their mutual 2014 season with the Jets.) He’d also arguably be the best quarterback in Cleveland or Houston, and he’d be a potentially ideal mentor for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who doesn’t have a veteran presence at the quarterback position to groom the No. 1 overall pick 14 years after Vick was.

If it plays out with Vick getting another NFL gig due to an injury suffered in training camp or the preseason, he could have a steep learning curve to get ready to play. But it’s one thing to put in work in order to get ready to play and another to put in work in order to get ready to not play.

58 responses to “Vick thinks he’ll have to wait for someone to get injured

  1. Bridgewater is pretty soft and fragile! He skipped the Packer’s game because of a blister on his toe. Please come to my Vikings Michael so we can shed our china doll image!!

  2. Vick has the same issues he had in his youth, poor ball control and can’t read a defense. Couple that with losing a step athletically and he isn’t a viable starter.

    If he would accept being a backup, he’s one of the more capable players for starting a game or two if needed.

  3. I think that in theory Vick is correct. Every team is set at the QB position at this time, and in order for a team to want to add another QB, like Vick, an injury will need to occur. However, Vick doesnt strike me as the kind of player you can rely on in a pinch. Usually when a team needs to go to a veteran because of injury, said veteran is “smart, and savvy” etc. The veteran can pick up the offense very quickly and play smart, etc. That is not Mike Vick. It never has been. It never will be. Im not knocking Vick, hes still got a cannon for an arm, but he has always excelled at making great plays because he is a tremendous athlete, not because he is a tremendous QB. I would have a hard time believing Vick could come in to an organization the last week of August, and be ready to play in the first game. I think it would be a disaster.

  4. I would love seeing Vick in Seattle, they need a proper backup and his style resembles that of wilsons

  5. And he’ll stink it up as always if he’s called upon as a back up. The excuse will be “I’m not startin’ so I wasn’t as ready as I should have been”.” Once again it will be ignored that the 3 time coach killer wasn’t as ready as he should have been when he was starting.

    Maybe the biggest waste of natural talent in league history.

  6. When a guy admits to not doing his only job, that says something.
    Talent means nothing when the guy doesn’t make an effort. All he technically had to do is learn the game plans for 16 weeks and practice for a couple million, but he liked the cash, not the learning part. If I were behind Geno, I might expect to have to play at some point and be ready. Vick didn’t agree.

  7. Michael Vick CAREER Passing Touchdowns (12 seasons): 131

    Andy Dalton CAREER Passing Touchdowns (4 seasons): 99
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Michael Vick CAREER Rushing Touchdowns (12 seasons): 36

    Andy Dalton CAREER Rushing Touchdowns (4 seasons): 11

  8. Vick surely still has the talent to play in the NFL. He’d instantly become the best quarterback in Buffalo, if the Bills were to sign him
    …………………..
    No, he wouldn’t. And it’s not because anyone they have is good. It’s because he is awful.

    I’m baffled that Vick continues to get such undeserved praise, almost unanimously, from sports writers. He’s athletic, yes, but he is an AWFUL Quarterback. Good for anywhere from 1-3 turnovers a game, literally, every game. And good for an injury within 4 weeks. Guarenteed.

    Oh yeah, and minimal football sense or knowledge of running an offense, and horribly inaccurate.

    Other than that, though, he’s great!!!

  9. Can you imagine the jokes if Vick mentored Winston? Don’t want him here in Tampa, that’s for sure. Sorry, but I don’t think Vick was ever a good QB. More like an Adrian Peterson who also threw the ball. He wasn’t very effective when the Bucs put Derrick Brooks 1-on-1 against him to take away the run. A QB mentor needs to be someone who can school a kid in film study, preparation, the mental and emotional side of the game. That’s not Vick.

  10. Vick is one of the most physically talented players at that position in the NFL, but physical talents are becoming less and less critical in the modern pass-happy NFL. He was never that great as a pure pocket passer and his abilities and durability have only declined with age. Being able to make plays with your feet is a great value-added for a QB, but reading the defense and delivering the ball accurately are the core skills and it is in those two areas that Vick struggles. A team built around a running QB could use him as a backup, but there are very offenses like that left in the league.

  11. Well, Vick’s right, though i’m a bit surprised. a team like the Browns or Bills could use him on their roster (mainly the Browns). the Browns have McCown and Manziel and reportedly, they dont want Manziel, so why not either 1) trade for Cousins or 2) sign Vick then they can cut Manziel or trade him (if i were the Browns, i would attempt to trade Manziel to the Redskins for Cousins), but this is Vick we are talking about. i think Vick’s a nice backup to have…as a starter, it’s all but over. he’s injury prone and his passing is here, then it’s there (in other words, his passing isn’t consistent), but as a backup, he’s worth the risk because i rather have him backing up rather than a guy like say Rivers’ backup.

  12. Vick surely still has the talent to play in the NFL. He’d instantly become the best quarterback in Buffalo, if the Bills were to sign him. (Apparently, coach Rex Ryan came to some sort of a conclusion about Vick during their mutual 2014 season with the Jets.) He’d also arguably be the best quarterback in Cleveland or Houston,
    ………………………….
    1) He would not be the best on the Bills, because he’s awful. Ryan’s conclusion was that he was awful. Vick is athletic. He is not a good QB, and the 2 are not mutually exclusive.

    2) Must have missed it where the dynamic duos of Hoyer/Mallet & Manziel/McCown are so much better than Manuel/Cassell that the latter is definitely worse than Vick while the formers are only arguably wose. Manuel/Cassell may be a poor combination, but come on. Any difference between them and what Cleveland or Houston has is so marginal, it’s so not worth mentioning.

  13. ” And yet one of the most talented NFL quarterbacks of the last generation remains curiously out of work”
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    Are you joking with that statement??? He is an athlete who can run but not a good passer, very slow mentally reading defenses and a turnover machine. Even your last paragraph says its a passing league now so no one has use for a poor passer with a checkered background.

  14. It’s hard to believe this guy still has some supporters. He’s been the same selfish, ignorant loser of a person his whole career.

  15. He is an athlete who can run but not a good passer, very slow mentally reading defenses

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    This. In his great seasons with Philly I can remember him standing back in the pocket for 5 – 8 seconds looking for a guy. That kind of time isn’t gonna happen with any of the teams listed.

  16. Mark Sanchez
    Brian Hoyer
    Josh McCown
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Matt Barkley
    Tim Tebow
    Bruce Gradkowski

    All these QBs strike more fear in defenses than Vick.

  17. i’d take Vick in Cleveland in but the thing is umm
    DAWGPOUND AND VICK in the same sentence lmao yeah some folks still havnt forgiven him ya know!!! “i never really disliked him via his animal crimes” but the years he was away the NFL missed him!!!! as a browns fan i will say this he’s upgrade over McCown and Manziel PASSING AND wise even though he way slower running the ball then he used too be and is fumble machine

  18. he should go to the bears, him and cutler can battle for who is more over-rated.

  19. I was baffled when the 9ers re-signed Gabbert to an extension as our backup. I honestly don’t know if I’d rather have Vick behind Kaepernick. Sure, he’s older and has lost a step or two or three, but he has had some degree of success in the NFL, whereas Gabbert…

  20. coldwater32301 says:

    Correction the Jets as an offensive whole was Awful last year… I do not think any QB could of survived in that environment…Indeed…
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    The dude admitted he didn’t prepare for games, so anything else about how bad the offense was is pretty much irrelevant.

  21. Michael Vick mentoring Winston? Seriously? He couldn’t even mentor his younger brother, at least not in anything positive.

  22. Remember when we thought that Atlanta would have a mini-dynasty in the bag by now, behind a franchise QB who could run and throw?

    And Nelly is still topping the charts, too…

  23. Write this down in stone…..he’ll take over for an injured Romo in week 8. With Jerry selling what is left of his soul for a winner, there’s no way in h.e. double hockey sticks he’s turning to whoever their backup is right now if Romo goes down.

  24. I think you hit the nail on the head why he’s not employed as a backup or mentoring someone like Winston. He’s not mentally ready to accept that role. Everyone thought Favre would be a good mentor to Aaron Rodgers. Just the opposite. His ego wouldn’t accept that someone was here to eventually replace him. Ergo, Favre never said so much as hello to Rodgers for the first few months and flat out refused to mentor the young QB his entire time. Vick would be an awful influence on Winston, just as he was with Geno Smith.

  25. Given how Vick was unprepared to play for the Jets last year, why would a team trust him to be prepared in case they need him?
    Vick was terrible last year, so it would be better to give playing time to a prospect, see how they perform under pressure rather than the practice field.

  26. Vick is a horrible QB and a worse mentor for a rookie QB. It’s like you guys only remember the highlights from 13 years ago and forget about the mistakes and turnovers. He was never a good starting QB. He was a great athlete that played QB and his legacy is feeding off the same 20 plays he made long ago. He is no longer a great athlete and he has no motivation to do anything other than cash a check. I would come up with 30-40 guys before Vick ad QB. He is done. The media’s love for this guy is baffling.

  27. Saw him in the shut out vs Chargers when Smith was benched for atrocious play.

    Looked just as bad. Unprepared, slow, disinterested. Couldn’t read the defence. Generational talents don’t play like that.

    CBS applied the Mercy rule and switched from the game because of how badly the Jets were playing. It was beautiful.

  28. The whole story falls apart in the last paragraph with mentioning Vick putting the work in. His most famous moment in the last couple of years is when he admitted he wasn’t prepared when called upon to play in a game. Why would any team want to take a risk on that happening in the middle of a critical game? How is that attitude going to ‘mentor’ young QBs? The guys a cancer, still.

  29. I wouldn’t take Vick over Cassel, who I feel has shown he can protect the ball and lead an offense. But you’re just being a hater if you don’t think Vick would be better than McCown. That dude was awful for the Bucs last year and is a career backup.

    Fwiw, Vick has a 78.1 rating over his last 19 starts, with 791 rush yards. McCown had a 70.5 rating last year.

  30. “an ideal backup accepts the role and doesn’t aspire to start”

    Ask any backup at any position in the NFL if he would rather be the starter, and every backup will reply by asking YOU why you’re asking such a dumb question.

  31. Its articles like this (and the feedback) that give you exact pictures of the limitations some people have when it comes to understanding football.

    Mick Vick is a horrible QB, but a great RB who could pass occasionally. He relied mostly on his talent and never put the work in. Somehow, Andy Reid got him to play as a QB briefly, but Vick was too injury prone.

  32. Vick was notoriously poor at preparing for games, even as a starter. When he was released from prison and joined the Eagles, the storylines were that he was learning to prepare from Donnovan McNabb. That’s right, McNabb. The guy that was pulled from two minute drills in Washington because he couldn’t grasp the playbook.

    He went on to fail to mentor Geno Smith, who was given the keys to the Porsche before he was ready to drive it, because Vick didn’t understand the offense. In his chance to come in to play, instead of being sharp as a tack and ready to jump on his chance, the fell flat on he face due to a self admitted lack of preparation.

    Yeah, that’s the guy you want to bring in to mentor the first overall draft pick. Because what you want is someone that already has a huge ego being told that talent alone is enough to give you a 12 year career in the NFL, and that preparing for games is for nerds.

  33. Yeah, I just don’t think the “Dawg Pound” in Cleveland is the place for what he did in the past to dogs. It just wouldn’t be right. I’d rather have kept Hoyer.

  34. Flacco needs a backup in Baltimore. They picked up Schaub and surprise, he sucks just like he has the past couple years. Word is he is worse than a high school qb. in one practice he threw two interceptions, one a pick six, to CBs who wont make the team, when they were playing off coverage because they cant cover close. That’s bad, that’s really bad.

  35. Vick was never a great QB. He made some highlight reel plays with his running but he was never an accurate passer. He was fortunate to be allowed back into the league. It is hard to believe he still has that diva attitude. It was disgusting what he did to the J E T S last year when he admitted he didn’t prepare for the game. He got paid for that game though. He should have refunded his game check. He is done.

  36. When he signs with a team, we hear the team is so desperate they had to sign him and hope he stays healthy and can finally resurrect his career. (IE… Cause he’s been no good since prison)
    When teams don’t sign him, he’s an obvious startER and mentor.
    Even though he admits he didn’t prepare well or take things seriously in Atlanta, and said the same while with the Jets.
    That’s a mentor????

  37. Isn’t this the same guy who murdered dogs, ran an illegal interstate dog-fighting ring, spent time in Federal Prison, and managed to skate on drug charges? And you think he can “mentor” young Mr. Winston in Tampa Bay?

    In Atlanta Vick was the best running back the Falcons ever had. Too bad he was lining up at QB, and ignoring the playbook.

    In Philly he had a couple of huge games, statistically speaking, and that made him a momentary “hero” in fantasy leagues. He also played harder than ever before to resurrect a career and get a contract to get him out of debt. And he ignored the playbook.

    In New York, his legs no longer able to get him out of the trouble his poor decision-making created, he did a fantastic impression of Geno Smith, interceptions and all. Again, he paid little attention to the playbook, but with all the NFL QB experience he has I’m sure it was beneath him to look it over.

    It is hard to imagine that they even let him back in the league after he was in Federal Prison, but those were kinder, gentler and apparently more stupid times in the NFL way back then. Suddenly the league has grown a pair of “morals”, for whatever they are worth.

    Vick will now fade into obscurity. And when he dies he will learn that God is Dog spelled backwards. Reality, and dog bites, can really hurt. Good riddance.

  38. the last thing you need in Buffalo is Vick. he would screw it up, they need a game manager at QB , not a guy who is going to try to be the hero and force plays he doesn’t need too.

  39. ( . Y . ) says:
    Jun 9, 2015 10:14 AM

    I think that in theory Vick is correct. Every team is set at the QB position at this time, and in order for a team to want to add another QB, like Vick, an injury will need to occur. However, Vick doesnt strike me as the kind of player you can rely on in a pinch. Usually when a team needs to go to a veteran because of injury, said veteran is “smart, and savvy” etc. The veteran can pick up the offense very quickly and play smart, etc. That is not Mike Vick. It never has been. It never will be. Im not knocking Vick, hes still got a cannon for an arm, but he has always excelled at making great plays because he is a tremendous athlete, not because he is a tremendous QB. I would have a hard time believing Vick could come in to an organization the last week of August, and be ready to play in the first game. I think it would be a disaster.
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    I disagree. He’d fit Chip Kelly’s offense.

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