Good Move, Bad Move: Michael Vick

If Gang Green chooses to part ways with a regressing Mark Sanchez this offseason, they will be looking for a veteran quarterback to play the role of the backup. Bringing Michael Vick to New York will be a major upgrade for a backup, as he can serve as a valuable mentor to the young Geno Smith.

The Resume:

Michael Vick will most likely part ways with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason and will be looking for greener pastures. The former first overall pick has spent the last 12 years in Atlanta and Philadelphia since coming to the NFL in 2001. Over his career, he has thrown for over 21,000 yards and 120 touchdowns, while maintaining an 80-plus QBR. His noteworthy 5,000-plus rushing yards has him ranked No.1 on the all-time list for quarterbacks. Vick is a mobile quarterback who has a cannon for an arm, making him a difficult player to prepare for. The southpaw quarterback has taken a backseat to a younger, more complete quarterback in Nick Foles, but the intended free-agent still has some gas left in the tank.

The Fit:

Geno Smith plays a similar game to Vick, being a mobile quarterback and boasting a strong arm. Vick can serve as a mentor to Smith, giving him valuable information and teaching him how to take advantage of his athleticism. Bringing in the expected free agent quarterback can also serve as a competitor for the starting position, which can push Smith to excel under pressure. The West Coast system that Marty Mornhinweg runs in New York calls for a quarterback who can get rid of the ball quickly and throw an accurate strike to quick-slanting receivers. However, if the offensive line remains inconsistent next season, then having a mobile quarterback who can stretch the pocket and throw on the run is an added bonus.

The Expectation:

Since the Jets have a young quarterback who they can mold to best fit their scheme, they will be looking for a veteran quarterback to help Smith progress. Signing Vick this offseason would be a great upgrade from David Garrard, since Vick has been more successful over his NFL career. Vick has been a turnover machine in his last few years as a starter with the Eagles, and he has missed a large chunk of games due to reoccurring injuries, but if the Green and White needed a short-term replacement if Smith goes down, Vick can step in and record a few wins in the process. If New York reels in the athletic quarterback, it is not expecting him to be the answer to the struggling offense but will expect him to be a resourceful backup that Smith can rely on for guidance.

The Verdict:

Bringing in a player such as Michael Vick is a good move. He offers a short-term answer at the quarterback position, who can showcase his talents as a serviceable backup to a much younger and durable player in Geno Smith. His experience and knowledge of the game can be valuable to mentoring such a young player, such as helping him recognize coverages, which Smith so often struggled with in his rookie campaign. If Gang Green decides to part ways with Sanchez and instead sign an aging Vick, it will be adding another weapon to the ailing offense in hopes to resurrect the winning ways of the New York Jets.


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