Are Falcons making the right football decision on Vick?

Vick leaving the field in his last NFL game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Vick leaving the field in his last NFL game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

VICKSVILLE – Let’s go there today. But let’s keep up the good manners we’ve been working on this offseason.

Fussing is fine. Cussing is not.

Two of my favorite folks in the NFL – Gil Brandt and Jamie Dukes – shared their very different views on

Michael Vick’s possible return to the National Football League.

Former Falcon DeAngelo Hall was fined for supporting Michael Vick.

Former Falcon DeAngelo Hall was fined for supporting Michael Vick.

Let’s look at some of the issues:

SHAKING OFF THE RUST: Vick has not played since Dec. 31, 2006 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when he left the game with an ankle injury giving way to Matt Schaub.

He was working out in Bobby Petrino’s offense over the 2007 offseason when the federal dogfighting case broke.

“It will be a challenge, but I’m not nearly as concerned about that,” said Dukes, an analyst with the NFL Network and former player.

Brandt, the former Dallas personnel man, shared a story about a linebacker the Cowboys drafted out of Missouri, who went into the service for two years.

“When he came back he was just not the same,” Brandt said. “I think it’s like somebody that drops out of school for two years and then they try to recover their study habits, it’s very, very hard. . . .

NFL Network's Jamie Dukes.

NFL Network's Jamie Dukes.

“I just think it’s really hard for a guy that is away and misses two years to get back up to speed and realize that you have to work to be successful because you lose that edge.”

THE WILDCAT OFFENSE: Most have contended that Vick could come back as a Wildcat offense quarterback.

“The spread helps him get a job,” Brandt said. “If and when he’s cleared. He can do that pretty well because of the fact that he can run so well.”

Dukes thinks that with teams – like the Falcons – emphasizing the running game, that Vick is a fit for any run-heavy attack.

“Look at the Falcons and their success,” Dukes said. “Most teams think if we can play good defense and run the football, we are going to be successful. So what Michael brings to the game. . . is you’re going to have one of the top three rushing offenses in the league. That’s just fact. Every year he’s played that number speaks for itself.”

VICK LACK OF PASSING PROWESS: Vick has a lively arm, but he was still developing as a passer. Former

The infamous trick water bottle from Miami International Airport (D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER/AJC)

The infamous trick water bottle from Miami International Airport. (D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER/AJC)

coach Bobby Petrino would have helped him along if things had worked out.

“Some might say he’s not a career 60 percent passer; are we going to ignore the yardage that he gets running the football?,” Dukes said. “Are we going to ignore all of the other things that he does?

“He’s not the prototypical NFL quarterback, but that does not mean that he’s not a good quarterback. He still will be a good quarterback.”

Brandt never liked Vick as a passer.

“At Virginia Tech, he hit 56 point something of his passes,” Brandt said. “Which is not very good. His brother (Marcus) who wasn’t even considered a good passer and hit 59, almost 60 percent of his passes. In the Wildcat formation, that is probably where he has to be if he’s going to be on offense.”

CAN VICK STILL PACK THE STANDS: It’s no league secret that for years before Vick arrived, selling out Falcons game was a difficult task. TV blackouts have a place in local Falcon lore.

“Vick is recession proof,” Dukes said. “That is the one thing that I can say about him that people forget. If he’s going to play, he’s going to pack out whatever stadium he’s going in.

“How many members of PETA are actually season ticket holders? You where here with the Falcons fans when this thing went down. You saw that the season ticket holders wanted Michael Vick back.

“They understood that he did something terrible and they understood that he needed to pay some form of a price for what he did. But they wanted him. This wasn’t a racial issue, black, white or purple. Falcon fans, season ticket holders, wanted their quarterback.

“So whatever team he goes to, those fans are going to want their quarterback to play. Especially, if their quarterback position is poor. Are you telling me that Michael Vick won’t go into St. Louis, where they are worried about selling tickets and sell that place out? You are telling me that if he went to Kansas City that he wouldn’t pack that place out? I know they just got Matt Cassel, but before that. If he went to Detroit he would pack that joint.”

Cleveland and San Francisco are two other quarterback-needy teams Dukes mentioned. (Hey, Cleveland does have the Dawg Pound, too! I know, bad joke.)

Vick could smile back during OTAs in July of 07 before the dogfighting case broke. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Vick could smile back during OTAs in July of 07 before the dogfighting case broke. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

POSITION CHANGE: Agent Joel Segal and Vick’s camp are not considering a position change to wide receiver, running back or defensive back.

Brandt thinks that might not be wise.

“I don’t know if you can teach a guy to back pedal, but he’s an athlete,” Brandt said. “He might be a corner because of his speed and athletic ability. Because of his running ability, he might be a running back. There will be opportunities for him, but I think it will be extremely hard for him to come back as a quarterback.”

Vick is a quarterback in Dukes’ book.

“He’s not Peyton Manning, but you know what, he’s got some things that Peyton Manning doesn’t have,” Dukes said. “Peyton has some things in the passing game that Mike doesn’t have. Nevertheless, he’s a very effective quarterback. . .

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“Michael Vick is a quarterback. He’s not some slot back. You can use him in the Wildcat, but Michael Vick is a quarterback.

“That guy can play quarterback. He’s not Steve Young in the West Coast offense, but guess what, who is? He is a good enough quarterback.

“His numbers are pretty darn good, when you compare it to some of the bums who have played the quarterback position. This guy wins games.”

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES: For us folks that have covered the Vick case from the beginning, we know about the substantial role The Humane Society of the United States played in helping to convict Vick.

PETA does all of the protesting, but the well-financed Humane Society does the heavy-lifting.

It’s ironic now that they now may play a role in helping Vick cleanse his reputation. Here’s a link to a blog written by their president Wayne Pacelle.

FROM THE E-MAIL BAG: Here are some of the e-mails I received this week on Vick’s release to home confinement.

“Orlando, I am surprised no one did a story about Vick’s day to day life in prison. There is some disconnect in this country to what prison is. I hear people saying he needs to be punished when he gets out. What do they think he was doing in prison?

“You mention he will be on home confinement and add the 3,500 square foot house. You think a killer cares if he is juiced in a mahogany electric chair or a metal one. They must have something in the journalism school that says to leave the description of prison or punishment alone.

“If you talk about it maybe someone might not be afraid of it, get it figured out, and maybe want to go there.

“The place is hell; the man has been through hell for a damn dog fight.”

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“The no good SOB should never be allowed to play in the NFL again.”

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“Now that he has paid his debt to the dogs, can we move on, and let him get on with his life. He should not have been in jail for fighting dogs, and I am a dog lover, but who died and made P.E.T.A. gods. I hope he is allowed to play football, or (whatever) he wants to do without (a) newspaper reporter recording his every move. . . .
“The media should get over it, and let him move on, the public has.”

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“I believe the Falcons are making a BIG mistake in not keeping Vick. Yes, we have a terrific new starting quarterback who deserves to remain that way. However what if he gets hurt? You need a good backup and certainly could we believe that the other QB’s could come close to filling Ryan shoes?

“Michael Vick is serving his debt to society by virtue of his prison time, probationary period and substantial loss of income. He is paying the price for his very poor past judgments. He has had plenty of time to think about his stupidity while he was in Leavenworth. . . .

“Atlanta sports teams have traded away so many good athletes and have nothing to show for it. Vick can contribute and I believe that when Vick is reinstated, Mr. Blank should consider what Vick could do and give Vick, a talented star, another opportunity.”

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Remember the rules, y’all. Fussing is fine. Cussing is not.

Let’s try to have a civil dialogue on this. Are the Falcons making the right football decision? Should they let Vick play in a preseason game or two in order to rebuild some value and then trade him? Will you get anything for him when teams know that you are going to cut him if you can’t trade him? Should they just wash their hands and move on?

440 comments Add your comment

o CRAP

May 22nd, 2009
2:29 pm

KEEP VICK IN ATLANTA

richbrave

May 22nd, 2009
2:34 pm

RE: VICK:

Lying in the weeds is DANO SNYDER just biding his time, waiting to pounce and acquire MV7 to replace JASON CAMPBELL. Two previous attempts to move JC off the REDSKINS roster met in failure this off-season. Third time’s a charm however, and a reunion with DeANGELO HALL is in the cards once the fuss dies down, the commish gives his approval, and SNYDO is certain there can be no advantage accrue to the FALCONS, or any other NFL franchise when he makes his move. I told you last year he coveted HALL, and look where he is. SHAWN SPRINGS, the best CB the ‘SKINS had is gone, and home-boy MIKE VICK is next up in the clubhouse of the NFL fire-sale franchise.

Michael in Decatur

May 22nd, 2009
2:36 pm

Guess what? MV7 did not invent dog-fighting, yet he was punished like he did. Name me one other person that has gone to federal prison for training dogs to fight. Should it be a crime? Yes, of course. But we don’t seem to care enough to hire full time law enforcement to investigate these cases. It’s only by accident that we catch these folks. So, unless and until the citizenry votes to cough up some more tax money to fund pet crimes detectives, it’s not a priority. And federal prison is too steep a price to pay. Fine him, put him on probation, monitor him, have him face the public basklash, etc. But prison?

Former Season Ticket Holder

May 22nd, 2009
2:38 pm

I would love to see Vick with the Falcons again, but I know that is not going to happen. Hope to see Mike wear the STAR and prove all these doubters wrong.

mano17

May 22nd, 2009
2:40 pm

it will be funny this year when there will be no sellouts at the dome .

Nookah

May 22nd, 2009
2:43 pm

It’s all good my brothers. There’s no better place I would like to be this weekend. Thanks all for the greetings. You are all truly my family and I appreciate all the words of welcome.

Looking forward to some constructive banter about our beloved Birds!!!!

Go Falcons!!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!…..THOU SHALT NOT RUN!!!!!

Brock D

May 22nd, 2009
2:44 pm

I for one am glad Vick chose dogfighting. His arrest and conviction were the two greatest things to happen to the Birds in franchise history. Now let’s move on.

Nookah

May 22nd, 2009
2:47 pm

Oh, by the way Posse, you are all doing a good job of not getting caught in the fray. No need to, we know what’s important here. It makes no sense to discuss opinions, only stick to the facts!!!

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!….THE PROCESS CONTINUES!!!!!

D3

May 22nd, 2009
2:57 pm

Thanks DOL. Nice topic.

Former – thanks for your seat.

duke

May 22nd, 2009
2:58 pm

Why is this even a local story now? I liked Vick as a Falcons QB but once that horrible ‘07 season was over, with Vick in jail and Petrino in Arkansas, I turned the page. It was made clear last year that he’s not coming back to town as a Falcon. He’s done his time, good luck to him elsewhere….

What!!!

May 22nd, 2009
3:03 pm

HA! HA! HA! This is fun! In reality, you Vick lovers don’t have a leg to stand on. You know deep down that the Vick experiment ended with Matt(hmm another Matt) Shauhb(sp) taking over for Vick when he got hurt against Philly! HA! HA! HA! He’s done!!

Barry

May 22nd, 2009
3:22 pm

Hey Y’all:

I love Michael Vick and what he brings to the table as a quarterback, but it does not win championships. What we have in Atlanta now in the contiued “PROCESS” of our “TEAM” getting “STONGER” on its path to esablishing a continuing winning tradition is a “WE” team instead of an “I” team. With Vick, he was a great scrambler when a play broke down by his fault or other. However, his receivers got confused, many times, broke their routes, and had to make circus catches with Vick on the run. Many times the receivers were left out of the play entirely. This was helter-skelter football. It was good for a player like Vick, but not for the offense nor the “TEAM”.

With our current “TEAM”, we play “WE” football. Our quaterbacks, on passing plays, stick with the play designed. Our receivers run their routes for the designed play, on every play. They do not have to be too concerned if their quarterback is going to run, like with Vick, and lose their concentration on what they are suppose to do which is “catch the football”. They work like a machine. They are all on the same page on the play. Synchronized in what they are to do. They operate in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”. They “CLICK”. That is why our recievers had a great year last year. They were able to concentrate on running their routes and catching the ball, not looking for their quarterback scrambling on every other play. We do not need to disrupt the continuity that is already established for the benefit of Vick by allowing himm to play pre-season games. THAT IS RIDICULOUS!! All of the Falcon quarterbacks need the reps for the direction that we are heading and that is to the SUPER BOWL. We do not need to waste time on playing Vick. We will be wasting our time and his. Therefore, let Vick go to another team and have a progressive career there. His time has passed here in Atlanta. We know his game and it was fun, but we see something better as a “TEAM”. The Atlanta Falcons are headed in a new direction. That direction is continuing “the “PROCESS” of winning the SUPER BOWL in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”.

We love you Vick, but we have to move on. Remember your good times in Atlanta as we will remember the good times you provided us. May God bless you, but our heart is in another place right now. Our heart is in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!!!!!” for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

………………………….”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!!!”…………..

Falcon Devil

May 22nd, 2009
3:25 pm

What up D3? I’m around man but the topics have been sleep inducing recently. I respect you guys trying to keep it fresh but analyzing teams game by game before training camp is too hardcore for me. Keep doin your thang tho.

What!!!

May 22nd, 2009
3:28 pm

Mike Vick’s 1st day home… “honey i’m going to check the mail” beeeep……beeeep…….beeeep…….”OH SHOOT!”

Bobby Dowell

May 22nd, 2009
3:34 pm

He was a scatter arm qb who would not work at his craft and made plays with his legs. We all saw enough of that. They said we didn’t have good receivers until Ryan showed up. Remember that?However NFL teams had Vick figured out which is why Petrino was brought in, to try to teach him to be a pro qb and save him from being benched. Why any true Atlanta fan would want to see him back is beyond me.

elgindoss

May 22nd, 2009
3:38 pm

It’s amazing the hypocrisy shown in this nation, the extreme swings of public emotion and opinion, and outright misplaced haughty cocky attitude we call intelligence.

Examples… Vick in prison for two years and you have universities named “Gamecocks” for cockfighting.

Priest molest young men and don’t do a day in prison.

License humans to fight each other, purchase ticket to, and fee base television for human fighting. While acting horrified about Dog that were expressly bred by breeders for fighting. And are by nature agressive toward other Dogs.

Tell our parents not to spank our children, but allow our officers of the law to shoot a child if he is ordered to freeze.

Send our Boys to prison for concentual sex with a girl the same age. And send the girl guilty of the same act home to her parents. All while preaching sexual indiscrimination.

The list goes on and on. Vick owned a kennel, guys on the team knew he had PRIZE FIGHTING DOGS and AURTHER BLANK knew it too.

Let him come back, run the wild cat offense, and trade him next year.

ed

May 22nd, 2009
3:42 pm

Who cares and why does the AJC write so many articles about this loser. The real Falcons Fans have moved on, and don’t want to read about Vick.

Phillip

May 22nd, 2009
3:44 pm

another Michael Vick article…….oh joy

SNY

May 22nd, 2009
3:47 pm

Hmh…looks like I got nuked for calling this blog a RE-TREAD like many of the columns and blogs on the AJC. I said it once and I’ll say it again, this is a hack “blog” dealing w/an issue that has been run through the mud repeatedly. DOL says “this an issue that has to be dealt with”…huh?? Its been dealt with and handled, and discussed…ad nauseum! How about finding something fresh to write about?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 22nd, 2009
3:47 pm

Been doing some heavy duty moderating today. As expected. But we’ve got a good dialogue going. No real craziness. It’s an issue we have to deal with. Shouldn’t come up again, but once. When Vick is released or trade. So I’ll ask the frenzied regulars like D3 and the rest to stay in the pocket. Don’t run off on a scramble. So if clipped one of your post WR. Will try to recover it.

ROBERSON: Good to see some of my old Packers folks checking in. How are things going?

JIMMY: That Alge article is from our good friend Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Here’s the link/ Alge contends Vick is better than one-third of the quarterbcks in the NFL. (I called Warrick Dunn on his cell phone, but he was playing golf and didn’t want to comment) http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090521/SPORTS01/90521069/1027

BARRY: GOOD TAKE. Why not to shy away from the top. One Heartbeat!!!

FSTH: Dallas just gave Tony Romo a lot of cash.

UGA_B: As things stand, I see no trade until there is some certainty about what you’d be getting. 1) Re-instatement. 2) He’ll have to workout and/or play in a preseason game to impress teams; 3) Once a value is set then a trade may happen. (If teams know the Falcons are going to kick him to streets ASAP, there’s not need to trade for him)

falcon21

May 22nd, 2009
3:48 pm

No comment at this time. Back to the cage.

Tupac

May 22nd, 2009
3:54 pm

I would like to see the Falcons release MV7 –

- Release him into the mouth of an ACTIVE VOLCANO !!!

Shamus Thacker

May 22nd, 2009
3:56 pm

Matt Ryan deserves better than the discussion going on here.

He knows every pore of the playbook paper. He studies. He learns. He’s an excellent passer. An excellent leader. Excellent person and role model. Excellent face for a long-suffering franchise. AND HE’S A GENUINE WINNER!! MV7 is NONE OF THESE!!!

What disrespect EVEN DISCUSSION of this is to Matt Ryan!

Matt is THE MAN, and will continue to be THE MAN, so the point of all the conjecture is MOOT!

I love your writing skills and the job you do DOL, but this IS NOT something that HAS to be discussed. We’ve been informed by the Falcons themselves that MV7 will play elsewhere. WHAT’S TO DISCUSS!?

This space would have been MUCH better utilized with info about players who WILL be here! THIS IS A FALCONS BLOG DANGITT (cursing omitted in deference to DOL’s wishes)! MV7, for all intents and purposes, IS NO LONGER A FALCON!

How bout telling us something ABOUT THE FALCONS, that we don’t already know. Don’t waste precious bandwidth on useless speculation about something that’s OVER AND DONE WITH! MV7 IS GONE, NEVER, EVER, TO RETURN!

PLEASE call all the coaches and get their takes on the workouts just completed. Find out SOMETHING RELEVENT ABOUT THE PRESENT FALCONS; let us know what you learn. Sure as Hell would beat this!

SNY

May 22nd, 2009
3:57 pm

By the way DOL…the reason a team would trade for Vick is so they would hold his rights and not have to bid against other teams for his services.

THIS JUST IN

May 22nd, 2009
4:05 pm

ESPN reported Mike Vick is back at his house after meeting his probation agent and Mark (Schlereth) is telling us how he needs to live his life! DLED, can you please tell us what Vick is doing RIGHT NOW? We are dying to know his exact moves when he makes them. Please fill us in!

Todd - Dacula

May 22nd, 2009
4:06 pm

News Flash: The 2-year-old son of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital today after being bitten by the family’s pit bull.

Someone call the Feds and throw that dog in prision for attacking a human. After all, according to a few of you idiots and PETA, dogs are just like humans. So throw them in jail when they attack innocent humans, especially kids.

Shamus Thacker

May 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

The dog will be euthanized…

Seminole Warrior

May 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Posse…the Warrior is back in the teepee!! All is well; had to see the brave off to Afghanistan and then off on official business. Got to pay those bills you know.

I will deal with the MV7 situation and then play some catch up. The team is right to move on. Emotions should not be part of the equation. If emotions mattered, then MV would have not done what he did. We all make mistakes but it is MORE important to emerge from them positively than to constant have people dwell on the mistake. H..l, I’m not saint by any stretch of the imagination. We all have our “dark sides”.

But the NFL is a business. MV7 is old news. Other than Trey Wingo and ESPN, no one really cares. REAL Falcon fans are too busy looking ahead to a promising future. Ryan, Lofton, Turner, White, Jerry and others are the foundation for things to come. Let’s look ahead. I wish MV7 the best in whatever he undertakes; he deserves a chance to make a living just like any of us that has made mistakes in the past. It simply will not be as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Dave

May 22nd, 2009
4:20 pm

The Falcons are making the right decision because as long as VIck is on this team he divides the fan base you can’t have that on a football team and win. Their were a lot of Vick fans who basically did not really like the team hopefully they will leave the Falcons board and go with him to his next team. In a way it is about the same as Mike Tyson fans, he also had people that continued to support him no matter what.

JayBo

May 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

Time to move on!!! This is old news and not worth any more print/time devoted to such a criminal /mundane topic. How about writing about some “Good News” about some Falcons that are actually doing something postive for themselves and/or out ATL community. Let us praise all who have served our great country this Memorial Day Weekend…. God Bless America!!!!!!

Vick Supporter

May 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

I keep seeing comments saying that they brought Puketrino in to teach Vick how to be a QB….LMAO…..why weren’t they doing that from the beginning? Regardless of Vick’s flaws as a QB, no one seems to mention the **NUMEROUS** mistakes that were made in the front office. Does the “Fire McKay” chants on these blogs ring a bell??? Of course they don’t. You people wanted Blank to sell the team just 2 years ago, and now you love him. You people are the worse, hypocritical fans in all of sports. One day you hate Roddy and Mike Jenkins…now you say they’re one of the best duos in the NFL,lol. Pathetic, its its partly why this city is identified as a loser sports city. We all know that Vick won’t play for the Falcons, and it would eventually chip away at Noodle’s….I mean “Ice’s” confidence. As soon as Vick would take the field after Ryan got injured, the entire dome would be electric again, which is a feeling we won’t have until Vick comes back with his new team. Vick is a new man now, i truly believe that, and if he’s not, even I would call him the dumbest man in america. Vick will rise from the ashes, and whatever team is lucky to sign him (49ers) will be lucky to have the REJUVENATED #7.

Vick 09. The Great Mike Vick Has Returned.

Vick Supporter

May 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

Also, where are the Matt Ryan articles? Mike STILL owns the AJC,LMAO. Ryan is at the bottom of the screen,lol

Vick 09

R

May 22nd, 2009
4:27 pm

ummm the truth… what the heck does PETA have to do with abortion? NOT A DANG THING!!! PETA doesn’t “kill babies” so that argument is beyond STUPID.

You can choose to still support Michael Vick, but any sane, resonable person will not condone his actions.

braveshater

May 22nd, 2009
4:28 pm

And who gives a shyt about Matt Ryan!

The Dogfighter Returns

May 22nd, 2009
4:30 pm

Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty Michael Dwayne Vick (the last dogfighter) is free at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What!!!

May 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

RIGHT ON SHAMUS THACKER!!!

THIS JUST IN

May 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

Can someone at the AJC fill us in on what Mike Vick is doing at this moment?

What!!!

May 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

The Atalnta Falcons and millions of others give a shyt about Matt Ryan.

Pete

May 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Vick is and always has been a circus act, nothing more. EVERY exciting play he ever made was a broken play. No way to build a championship team. The only teams who will try to sign him are teams who are DESPERATE.
Desperate to find a way to win with any method that appears to be the “fix of the week”.
Totally foolish.

leggomyego

May 22nd, 2009
4:39 pm

I am looking forward to the day Mr. Vick moves on to another team, another city, and another newspaper. He obviously has a lot of fans, and they want to watch him. I think the UFL is a logical choice for Vick (and for the NFL) if nothing immediate opens up. It gives him an opportunity to showcase his talents, showcase his ‘remorse’ and his ‘reformed ideals’ (i.e., his PR plan and skills at executing it), and allows the initial backlash to fall far away from the doorstep of the NFL. If things work out there, and time passes, he should get his shot in the NFL again. Good luck Mr. Vick. I just wish i could get my money back on your jersey i bought. Now who wants Tacos?

JAYBO

May 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

The Falcons say they have washed their hands of Vick…if so they should just release him and let him move on!!! No team will trade for him period!! Peta!!!….plueez!!!…get over it..dogs are not people…period!!! I don’t care if you let them live in your houses or ride in your cars…they still are not people!! Frankly, he paid his dues for his crime(a suspect price I might add), now leave the man alone and let him resume his career!!!!

Vick Supporter

May 22nd, 2009
4:43 pm

Matt “My Arm Is Tired At Week 10″ Ryan

Curious George

May 22nd, 2009
4:45 pm

Will MV7’s freeloading and hanger-on associates still casually refer to him as ” DOG ?”

Ookie?

Vick Supporter

May 22nd, 2009
4:45 pm

What a shame…your franchise QB can’t even get an article in his on city’s newspaper,lmao.

Vick 09.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81073045/Vick-Risk-vs-reward

Falcon1

May 22nd, 2009
4:47 pm

I think it’s ironic that not too long after Vick signed a new contract Mr. Blank made a statement “Vick will be a Falcon for life”, he’s now saying “Vick will not be playing for the Falcons”. Someone made Blank eat those words.

Marcus

May 22nd, 2009
4:48 pm

I agree, time to move on, but I will cheer Vick if/when he gets on the field, much like any other former ATL sports figure who leaves the area.

DOL,
Just a : did you peep your former colleague on ‘Rome is Burning’ on Wednesday (the day Vick got released). I know he has been critical of ATL sports, and Vick in particular in his recent columns before his departure from the ajc, but his demeanor was particularly prickly, even for him. Now say what you want, and he even had an article about how in ‘02 or in that timeframe, he and Andrew Young tried to counsel Vick about being a pro, which Vick apparently didnt take to. He came off very judgemental and He seemed like he couldn’t even say his name, he just kept calling him “that guy”. Very disappointing.
Do I expect everyone to fawn because Vick is out of jail? No.
Do I expect everyone to have a heart for forgiveness? See answer above :)

..but as a person who did cover the city sports and Vick in particular, he seemed to have a very hardened heart, which is sad to say.

Ted Striker

May 22nd, 2009
4:49 pm

I disagreed with Brandt that Vick needs to look at a position change. He’s already said mental focus would have diminished, there’s no need to complicate further by changing a position and having to learn new techniques.

Said this elsewhere recently but I believe New Orleans is the best place for Vick. Most teams being mentioned are QB needed, but in reality, ALL teams are QB needy. Who wouldn’t like to upgrade their backup, at a minimum? And if that backup could give you 5-10 snaps a game out of wildcat formation? Peter King recently pointed out the Drew Brees is selfless enough do that, if the Saints bring him in for that reason.

But just as convincing to me is the fact New Orleans, the city is a better fit than other NFL city. It’s a city that rebuilt itself, saw devastation and death in the very stadium they tee it up in. It believes in second chances because they got one. If Vick came there, yes, some would be upset — but most would quickly close ranks behind him. Only negative I see at all is their salary cap limitations. They’d have to work through something there.

Darrin

May 22nd, 2009
4:49 pm

One reader wrote that Vick “has had plenty of time to think about his stupidity while he was in Leavenworth. . . .” Plenty of time, yes, but he went in as a stupid illiterate thug, and he comes out as a stupid illiterate thug. He’ll never change, and any team that signs him is in for a big “I told you so.”

He may manage to appear remorseful and changed for a while, but nothing has changed.

cheese

May 22nd, 2009
4:54 pm

the falcons should have never said he will never play for thier organaization again. they should of kept michael vick and showed the league that he can still play at a high level. especially with this new wildcat offense they could of gotten some trade value, but instead all the teams know the falcons dont want him and will wait until they release him.

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 22nd, 2009
4:56 pm

Mautice, I am in total, TOTAL agreement with you on Reeves and Vick.
IMO under Reeves he could have and probably would had flourished. I have nothing to back this up, but I would imagine that Reeves chased away the hangers on once, explaining to Vick once, and with that, problem solved.

One thing we can all agree on around here is that Dan Reeves is a man of unwavering character.

I’m no Freud, but again IMO, Vick’s lack of a strong father figure once the vault doors were opened to him played greatly in his demise.