Vick Should Keep Running – to Oakland

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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.

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9 thoughts on “Vick Should Keep Running – to Oakland

  1. Michael Vick in Cleveland? He’ll need those legs behind our O-line!

  2. thesportsmaster8000 says:

    I hadn’t really given that scenario much thought but you’re right on! They’ve got Schaub, might as well see what you can get for Vick. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s moved soon and I bet Atlanta wouldn’t mind that #1 pick. Only thing none of us can judge is how crazy Al Davis currently is. It always fluctuates and that would be a big factor since he runs the show.

  3. Juan says:

    Vick (aka Ron Mexico) for THE number one pick? No way… not even close. I’d take that Number One any day. Vick has done nothing to warrant being mentioned with the elite QBs in the game. Running for 1000 yards. Fantastic. That’s just not going to get it done in the league if you aren’t completing passes. The kid ain’t Steve Young.

    I seriously doubt his ability to get a team to the next level. This was confirmed to me last year, when the Falcons, late in the season played the Bears in Chicago. It was a brutally cold game and Vick had the worst body language. He seemed so disinterested in being at the game.

    Right now the Chargers deal looks good. Recall they traded out of the number one in 2001 so that ATL could take Vick and the Chargers got LT with the 5th overall. Chargers also got a few other picks and Tim Dwight. Looks like a steal for the Bolts now.

  4. wiley cuetara says:

    It seems like the cowboys have good personnel on defense but somehow they seem lost at times back there. Could there be a change in the coaching staff there? Maybe at least, in the coach that coaches the backfield.

  5. Please, as a long suffering Raider fan, don’t give Al any ideas. A running quarterback who can’t hit the side of a barn? Sorry, but we already have that with Aaron Brooks. And with our porous offensive line [you shouldn’t hate people, but Robert Gallery, I do not like], Vick would be running around like Fran Tarkington in the 70s.

    No, we need to blow things up. Keep the defense, because they weren’t to blame for this debacle. But Vick is not the answer to the Raider problems.

  6. Please, as a long suffering Raiders fan, don’t give Al any ideas. A running quarterback who can’t hit the side of a barn? Sorry, but we already have that with Aaron Brooks. And with our porous offensive line [you shouldn’t hate people, but Robert Gallery, I do not like], Vick would be running around like Fran Tarkington in the 70s.

    No, we need to blow things up. Keep the defense, because they weren’t to blame for this debacle. But Vick is not the answer to the Raiders problems.

  7. Jake said says:

    Trade Vick, no way. Get a good head coach that doesn’t idolize him *cough*Mora*cough*, he!! yeah. Like I said Roy the team had lost respect for Mora. They liked him as a person, but he never got in anyone’s face. Even when guys were dropping balls all over the place there was no penalty levied. No one lost their starting job for screwing up on offense or defense. And no one ever dared say squat to Vick. The Falcons need a coach that will hold folks accountable (read cut some folks) and is capable of resisting the current/old way of building the team. There were too many guys on the Atlanta team that couldn’t produce when called upon. Mora cut Marlon Jackson -a 6’3″ 240 lb- beast of a runningback in favor of LB Brandon Jamison. Jamison missed practice this summer and the only reason the staff realized it was two reporters from the Univ. of West Georgia were there to interview the alum. Huh??? Jamison was cut in October and signed to Carolina’s practice squad. Jackson led the team in rushing in preseason. 2005 second round pick Jordan Beck has never seen the field. There’s more but what really drives the point home was the loss to the Eagles second and third string team a week ago. If nothing else the Dirty Birds should have played for pride. But what can you expect when your head coach goes down on his knees instead of getting in his wide receivers grill for dropping a sure touchdown.

    Happy trails Junior, maybe the Huskies have a grad assistant job to tide you over.

  8. Juan Lozano says:

    Mora did a poor job there for certain. But they;ve been hamstrung by some poor talent evaluation and they traded some picks in 2004 which would have been needed for a little depth. I don’t think they’re as talented as people think. Not a deep club.

    Vick- just not as good as advertised.

    WRs- they spent two 1st’s so far on WRs.. (Roddy White and Michael Jenkins). Zero production. They lost Brian Finneran their most consistent WR at beginning of year.

    Spent a lot of money to get Peerless Price a few offseasons ago in there and now he’s not there.

    Leilie ain’t bad.

    If the WRs drop one and sit them as you suggested, what does that accomplish? Takes away more weapons from a griping Vick. And Vick is already limited as a thrower.

    Jordan Beck, a third rounder and not a second as you had said, and he played in 15 games this year, not none. But again, that is what I mean by the team (McKay)doing a poor job of talent evaluation and letting the coach be the fall guy.

  9. Me says:

    Yeah Mike, you are an a**hole so shut your mouth and do what you are supposed to do you worthless P.O.S.

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