RSJ Update: On Wednesday, January 24, the Falcons said Vick is not going to be traded. Stay tuned.
Now that Jim Mora has been canned for sticking his foot in his mouth, Michael Vick should follow him out of town. Vick had one of his best seasons, becoming the first QB ever to rush for 1,000 yards. But let’s be real: The Atlanta Falcons-Vick love affair is done. Two seasons after leading the team to the NFC championship game it’s hard to see this team doing much better with Vick at the helm – new coach or not.
It isn’t just the one-finger salute Vick utilized a few weeks ago. It’s just that the relationship has run its course. Atlanta almost loves Vick too much; he can never deliver enough to live up to what the city expects of him.
Where to go? If I were Arthur Blank, I’d call Oakland as soon as I’ve taken down my Christmas decorations. Is Vick worth the No. 1 pick? Who knows? Would I want Randy Moss in return. Nah. How ’bout Cleveland? Maybe even Chicago. Tell me Lovie Smith wouldn’t love to see MVick under centerevery Sunday rather than Rex Grossman.
So who starts at QB in ATL? Not sure. Perhaps backup Matt Schaub, the ’04 third-round pick, is ready to be ATL’s Tony Romo. Or perhaps free-agents-to-be Jeff Garcia or Miami newbie Cleo Lemon is worth a shot. Either way, I think ATL would trade the MVick sideshow in a minute in exchange for a “team,” in the true sense of the word.