Michael Vick: NFC North Bound?

With the release of Michael Vick and his possible reinstatement, where I believe he will be reinstated, it begs the question, where will he end up.  Are any of the NFC North teams a possibility?

Chicago Bears
The Bears brought in a franchise quarterback during the offseason in Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos in a massive trade.  The Bears now have a face to the franchise on offense to go with Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs on defense.  Although I said that Bears receivers are bad a few posts ago (a statement I still stand behind), Cutler makes them a bit better, while the presence of Cutler takes the pressure of Matt Forte and the running game.  So would you throw Vick in this mix?

The Bears already have one gimmick player on offense in Devin Hester.  Hester is the main decoy on many plays and the Bears love to use his vertical speed to stretch the defense and give the coordinators headaches.  Adding Vick would give the Bears two potentially explosive players on offense at the same time.  Putting Vick into the offense without a full offseason and training camp to get everything to work between him and Hester would be a burden for Cutler, who’s learning a new system, and the offense in general.

Also, owner Jerry Angelo and head coach Lovie Smith are classy guys.  While I think Vick should be allowed back in the league as soon as commissioner Roger Goodell can approve of him and I don’t think he’s a threat to society, Angelo and Smith would want to avoid any backlash.  Vick could really work in Chicago, but I feel that Angelo and Smith wouldn’t run the risk of the backlash and something going wrong.

Detroit Lions
It doesn’t seem like things can get any worse for the Detroit Lions.  With last year’s debacle, there is really nowhere for the Lions to go but up.  With Matthew Stafford and revamped linebacking corps, there is hope in Detroit for a few wins here or there.  But would Vick be a fit in Detroit?

The first thing you have to look at his playmakers.  Who are the Lions playmakers?  Stafford isn’t even the starter yet, as he’s behind Daunte CulpepperKevin Smith guaranteed the playoffs this year for Detroit and he does give them a steady option at running back, but he’s nothing too special yet.  Calvin Johnson is the closest thing the Lions have to a star player.  After Johnson, there’s a mess with Keary Colbert, Ronald Curry, Bryant Johnson, Dennis Northcutt, and rookie Derrick Williams.  Those guys are all going for the spots behind Calvin Johnson.  Is there room for Vick in here?  I’d say yes.

The Lions could definitely use Vick’s playmaking ability.  However, Stafford is the quarterback of the future and coach Jim Schwartz wants to use Culpepper as the stop gap.  Vick would be relegated to a Wildcat role and basically be a gimmick player.

Image-wise, the Lions can’t really get that much lower after the 0-16 season.  Getting Vick would show that they are serious about making an attempt to get better.  But then again, they might look as a risk for getting their reputation dumbed down even more.  They could use his talent, but will stay hands off, as there is enough work to do on that team already.

Green Bay Packers
First off, I don’t see Vick in a Green Bay Packer uniform.  Sure, if he was more of a traditional quarterback, I could definitely see Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy run the risk and sign him to back up Aaron Rodgers if Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn can’t improve.  But the fact that Vick is all over the place with his play, I don’t see it happening.  Vick could also serve the purpose of a Wildcat in the Packers offense, but the team has been prolific enough the last few years that they should (and will) stay with what works.

Also, I can’t see Vick meshing too well in Green Bay.  He’s done his time and deserves to be back in, but Green Bay doesn’t seem to be the town to take him.  This is a big year for the Packers, so anything to upset the balance could gain the ire of the stockholders, which the team does not want.

Minnesota Vikings
Finally, the Minnesota Vikings.  There are three reasons why I think the Vikings are the least likely to land Vick in the division: 1) Brett Favre; 2) Percy Harvin; 3) Tarvaris Jackson.

Favre.  Right now, the Vikings are waiting for Favre to notify Brad Childress and the team whether or not he will be returning to football and joining the Vikings on July 30 (or sooner).  If the Vikings get Favre, it can give them a quarterback that can hand off to Adrian Peterson and get the ball down the field and make plays if necessary.  No need for Vick there.

Harvin.  Harvin fills the role of Minnesota’s Wildcat.  He can run with the ball, he can catch the ball, and the Vikings have had him throwing in practice.  If he can do all that, why do they need Vick?  Plus, they’re waiting on Favre; why wait on Vick too?

Jackson.  The Vikings have been dealing with the mobile quarterback with shoddy decision making over the past few years with T-Jack.  Vick is an exponentially better version of Tarvaris, but do the Vikings and their fans really want to go through this ordeal all over again?  I don’t think so.  Small chance of Vick in Viking purple.

Lions, Bears, Packers, Vikings.  That’s the order (from most likely to least likely) of teams in the NFC North going after one Michael Vick.

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  • Lions Fan

    What have you been smoking? Vick to Detroit. LoL!!! The Lions all ready have a QB controversy in who will be the starter Stafford or Culpepper, and you want to throw Vick into the mix??? Old man Ford is too conservative and has a history of staying away from problem children, unless Matt Millen drafted them. Vick has about as much a chance to be Lion this year as Favre has a chance to be a Packer this season. Wake up! and don’t spill your bong water on yourself!

  • Bobby-D

    Lions Fan,
    Neither Stafford nor Culpepper are legitimate starting NFL quarterbacks.
    It would be stupid for the Lions to not look at the possibility of signing Vick.
    Although, what you say is valid; the Lions are the worst team in the history of sports, and no FORD (old or not) is ever going to produce a winning team when their idiot fans keep selling out Ford Field. I mean why produce a winning team when your fans are satisfied with a losing one (yes, Lions fans might complain, but they still sell out every home game)? I suggest you put down the bong and stop supporting the worst team in the history of sports!

  • http://www.lombadiave.com david donelson,atlanta ga

    hello..take it from a die hard atlanta falcons fan,mike vick is not as bad as a qb as most try to make it..
    1st off,this guy threw over 2900 yards in 2001,and rushed for over 400 the same year..dan reeves was the coach,and he gave vick a decent front line who were good at pass blocking,we had a o.c.who allowed a young vick to audible out of bad situations(gregg knapp and jim mora didn’t let him nor did they let matt schaub vicks backup who now starts for the texans to audible),and vick ran less because he had time to throw..

    vick didn’t have to run as soon as the ball was snapped..
    that was the problem under jim mora,its that our offensive line got worse every year..the feeling was that we could get players in other positions of need and because vick was mobile, we didn’t need to rush into him a line to better protect him..

    2nd,before the dog fighting issues mike vick was never a problem with this team..

    the flip off of the atlanta the fans?

    there were 3 guys who were taunting vick and other players on the team after we lost to the saints..these guys were dressed in saints jerseys and other falcons players actually cursed back at the saints fans before they went into the tunnel,and vick flipped off those saints fans,not the falcons fans because the falcons fans were also getting into it with those same saints fans..im not agreeing with what he’d done,but,i think that this was blown up way too far..

    the water bottle with the false bottom in the miami airport that a screener thought had a marijuana residue scent in it??

    the miami police sqaushed that notion when they ran test on the bottle and found no traces of drugs in it..but people in the media found it neccessary to expand this story and make it bigger than it was after it was diclosed as a non story..

    the dogfighting was the only issue with this guy..
    he let things happen at his home and didn’t keep his “homies” in check..ALL VICKS FAULT!!

    as far as his game?
    he brings more to the table than any qb in the history of the game..he has to have a spy on him and most of the time he had 2 to 3 defensive linemen who would not rush and they would just stand there to prevent him from running,and,right there he would take 3 to 4 players out of the mix on defense..

    but our o.c.could not reroute plays that would work for our team when this happened..

    and last,vicks last year before he went to jail we played the redskins..we were driving in a close game down the field thanks to vick running for 30 years and passing for 45 on the drive..we had a 3rd and 9 from the 23 of the skins. vick summoned our wideout michael jenkins to go off script and run a post and turn it upfield and go for the end zone..perfect pass=touchdown! and the fox announcers were just ecstatic over the play calling it welled designed and smart..
    after the game jenkins told the press that vick had him change his route,and that most players knew that the redskins knew what play we were gonna run,and he was glad that vick over rode the o.c.who was greg knapps,call..

    this also shows that he knows the x’s and o’s of the game,he is a leader..

    and as far as the running out of the pocket,remember that vick has never had a decent line since reeves left,and every since he left,vick would be running for his life as soon as the ball is snapped..

    any team would be so lucky to get this guy as their qb..
    including yours..

  • Pack Apologist

    Wow, David…that was passionate. I do think that Vick could be a good QB, and I think you have some valid points there bud, but I think your last statement kinda throws the whole thing off. See, I would take Aaron Rodgers over Vick any day of the week. See, scrambling QB’s don’t win Championships. They create match up problems week to week, but they don’t get SB rings. Besides, Vick didn’t do well in the West Coast system that GB runs.

    Now I will also disagree with our blogger and say that I think the most logical landing spot in our division is the Vikings. He could take some time to warm up the league behind either T-Jack, Sage, or dare I say it…Brett Friggin Favre. See I have nightmares about a Vick, Harvin, AP backfield for the Wildcat offense. I think if the Vikes wise up and persue Vick instead of Favre they have a larger SB window as well (even though I just said scrambling QB’s don’t win championships Vick would bring a more dangerous running attack, be able to stretch the field, and be an upgrade there as well). Vick should also be able to give more years to the Vikings than Favre at this point in their careers.

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