Michael Vick is now a New York Jet. Going there will give him a chance to start, which is what he wants more than anything. I don’t blame Vick one bit. He is still a talented player and wants to be on the field. He watched Nick Foles from the sideline for parts of the previous 2 seasons. Vick played the part of the good teammate, but it was frustrating. He wanted to get back on the field.
The Jets have a young QB in Geno Smith, but obviously they want a serious QB competition. Their offense was 29th in scoring and 25th in yards last year. The fact they went 8-8 is a minor miracle.
Vick is the kind of playmaker that the Jets need. Vick threw 141 passes. 5 of them covered 40 or more yards. Smith threw 443 passes. 6 of them covered 40 or more yards. Obviously the Eagles had much better weapons, but that doesn’t change the fact that Vick is more likely to create big plays. The Jets should certainly be more entertaining to watch this fall.
It will be interesting to see if Vick can overcome his 2 biggest issues as an Eagle: injuries and turnovers. The Jets provide him with an interesting situation. He’s reunited with Marty Mornhinweg, but the offense is built around the running game. The Jets don’t have great skill players, nor a great O-line. It is possible that playing in a more conservative offense will bring out the best in Vick. The Falcons did a lot of that early in his career.
It is also possible that Vick will feel the pressure of having to carry the offense on his back and that will lead to him taking risks. That’s when turnovers can become an issue.
I hope Vick does well. He is an exciting player to watch when he’s got his A-game. I’ve got no reason to be angry at him and the Jets aren’t a team that I actively cheer against.
Vick’s time in Philly was all over the place. I still remember back in August of 2009 when Vick was allowed to talk to teams. I wrote a post on how the Eagles would have no interest. Donovan McNabb was in place as the starter. Kevin Kolb was the QB of the future. AJ Feeley was the veteran backup and arguably the best #3 QB in the league. Why on Earth would the Eagles want to add someone like Michael Vick?
Less than 24 hours after I wrote that, Vick was an Eagle.
2009 was an odd year. Vick got on the field a bit, but was more of a novelty than anything else. 2010 was a magical ride. Vick, or Starship 7 as Jon Gruden nicknamed him, had moments when he looked like the best QB in the league. He was electric. It looked like Vick was re-born as an Eagle and that things would be good for a long time. The next 3 years were uneven. Vick still had his spectacular moments, but his flaws were also regularly apparent.
You can argue about whether Vick’s time as an Eagle was a success on the field. There is no question that off the field he was a major success. The Eagles provided the stable environment that Vick needed and he bought in. Ron Mexico never showed up in Philly. Vick truly was, and is, a changed man. His teammates loved him. The coaches never had any issues with him. Vick never complained when things didn’t go his way. He easily could have griped about sitting while Foles played, but that never happened. Vick was supportive of the other QBs around him, even though he was battling them for playing time.
Life was never boring during the Vick era, that’s for sure. Good luck to him in the future.