Michael Vick, we need you back in the league. A certain team needs you to be relevant again. Roger Goodell, stop playing grab-ass and handling the Vick reinstatement situation like a sloth’s handjob, and get Ron Mexico back in the league.
Allowing Vick back into the NFL may be an incredibly controversial move by the league if it happens, but the metaphorical dead horse (or dog) of his crime and punishment have already been beaten to death.
I wouldn’t consider myself an extreme animal lover, but I do treat them with respect. When the whole fiasco started I was was disgusted with Vick and his whole scheme running out of his house. I hated the man with a passion for hurting and killing defenseless creatures and training them to be bloodthirsty. Now that the dust has somewhat settled and Vick has served out his prison sentence, I honestly do believe that this man feels a tremendous amount of remorse and regrets his decisions. Vick has lost everything due to his dogfighting ways. His house, his money, his endorsements. All he has is his family, but he wants to play football again too.
Leonard Little killed a woman while driving a car drunk, and is currently playing football. Little took a human’s life away and is still making gross amounts of undeserved money. HE’S ON YOUR FUCKING TEAM. YOU HAVE A MURDERER ON YOUR TEAM. MICHAEL VICK DIDN’T KILL A HUMAN BEING, UNLIKE LEONARD FUCKING LITTLE, WHO IS MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO SIT AND GET INJURED FOR CHUNKS OF SEASONS. Whew, sorry about that. Michael Vick deserves a second chance. There is no way I think he will repeat any kind of actions like the ones he did in the past, as he paid dearly for them.
OK, now that my whole “persuasive essay” is over, Michael Vick needs a place to go. May I suggest: The St. Louis Rams.
For the past couple of years now, the Rams have been finding themselves in the lower rungs of the standings. High draft picks haven’t really changed anything offensively, with the choices of Chris Long and Adam Carriker both effective, yet defensive ends. This year’s pick, Jason Smith, an offensive tackle out of Baylor, will help the offensive line a little more, and give Steven Jackson some breathing room, while James Laurinaitis will add to the linebacker corps. The Rams might slowly be building their defense, but, to get Madden-esque here, they need points if they want to win.
This is where Vick comes in. The Rams need a quarterback that won’t sit in the pocket waiting to get a concussion. Steve Spagnuolo, the new St. Louis head coach, hired Pat Shurmur as his offensive coordinator, and guess what? Shurmur was the former QB coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles. Spag got a deal with Baltimore center Jason Brown to play for his team, which is a major upgrade and good body for protecting the QB.
Let’s face it, Marc Bulger has not exactly been stellar these past couple of seasons. And the only people backing him up are Kyle Boller (fail) and Brock Berlin (what kind of name is Brock?). Vick is much, much more mobile than Bulger, who is undoubtedly a pocket QB. With Vick, the possibilities would be much more varied than the type of offense associated with Bulger. He can throw, but Michael Vick can also run the ball himself, as he has shown earlier in his career. A healthy Steven Jackson at running back and Michael Vick as your quarterback behind an improved O-line could make defenses very, very nervous.
There is, of course, the question of the new sensation that’s sweeping the nation: The Wildcat formation. Personally, I believe the Wildcat should be used very sparingly. Dependence on it makes your team very predictable, but that goes with any certain formation. Once again, the duo of Jackson and Vick would be perfect for this. Two rushing threats, and one of them can throw too? How much of your defense do you designate to them? Cover or blitz? Will they run the Wildcat? Questions like these could be making the opponent’s defensive coordinator wish he stuck to coaching high school football.
I urge the Rams to consider offering Vick some kind of deal if and when he is reinstated. Before I urge the Rams though, I urge Roger Goodell to stop being a power-hungry twat and just let Vick play again. I clutch my copy of Madden 2004 while I say it. St. Louis, you can do as I say, or you can enjoy picking another lineman third overall at the end of the season.
Disclaimer: This is obviously dependent on the physical shape of Vick and if he gets reinstated, but seriously St. Louis, you have nothing to lose. Besides another season.