You’re an NFL team. You need a QB. Vick, Favre or Vince?

The famous usher Walter Banks — also the nicest man who has ever lived — posed this question last night at the ol’ ballyard: If you were an NFL team and all your quarterbacks were hurt, would you sign Brett Favre, Vince Young or Michael Vick?

Me, I’d sign Vick. (Let’s assume for the sake of today’s exercise he’s cleared to play.) He has done more in the NFL than Young. (Speaking of whom, he’s still under contract with the Titans, but let’s pretend he isn’t.) I remain intrigued by Young, but I think Vick’s the better player.

Which quarterback would you choose?

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And Favre? I feel about him the way Kate apparently feels about Jon. (Pop culture reference!) I’d rather go without a quarterback — think Tom Matte in that 1965 playoff game with the plays on his wristband — than have that dithering prima donna on my roster.

But you are, as ever, free to disagree. Here’s a poll, and the comment section is below. Have at it. And let’s try to keep this on a football level. Just this once.

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Jim

June 11th, 2009
6:28 am

Of the three listed, I go with Tom Matte. No drama, no prison time, and a decent leader. The three choices contain none of those qualities.

David C

June 11th, 2009
6:34 am

my very first first comment!! i would take Vick! Favres getting old and Vince Young is a little too weird

Mike

June 11th, 2009
6:36 am

Jim and Mark just exactly what teams do you clowns own? You dont, ok. Isn’t it amazing how these 3 guys made it to the NFL because of their talent. Please indicate the last time you guys caught a pass, thrown into the flats, ran a touchdown or for that matter got close to sitting on the bench in a real game on Sundays. Oh, you never have and never will. Ok you are just wannabees. Now I understand you fascination with real players.

Not a Vick Fan

June 11th, 2009
6:48 am

I’m not a Vick fan. I used to be a arve Fan. My Probem with Farve is that he can’t make up his mind to play ball or not. He wll cause much a prolbem with teams as Vick will because he is a short term asset to a long tem commitment.

Vick isn’t a leader, he can be a distraction; however, he does deserve a third chance to show he has charged. My biggest problem with Vick is that, apparently, he lied so much. He can quit dog fighting; however, lying is harder to quit.

Still I have lost all regard for Farve because of his wishy-washy decision making. He will end up costing the team he goes to (if he goes)good future quarterbacks until he realy retires.

Sam

June 11th, 2009
6:49 am

Vick is going down, down, down. What goes around, comes around… Watch as the teams who were “supposedly” interested drop off from that list one by one. He’s getting what he deserves.

Patrick

June 11th, 2009
6:54 am

I would go with Vick! We all need second chances in life! And the guy is good, really good! I am hoping that some team, somewhere will give him another chance to show his beautiful talent!

Charity

June 11th, 2009
6:57 am

I think Vick would be a better choice. He been away, he’s thirsty, and he appears to be in great shape. Let’s not forget about his stats they speak for itself. He’s still young, has a great arm, he would be great for any team that’s in need of a great quarterback. He will definitely fill up the stadium. He deserves to be reinstated and given another oppty to play in the NFL.

As I said yesterday...

June 11th, 2009
7:02 am

…it was a slow news day in sports when all you guys can come up with to write about is the former Atlanta QB who is still under house arrest. Shultz gave away the secret that you guys now have to write 3 blog topics a day to keep your jobs, but to “invent” OLD news about that guy is NOT topic worthy.

SG

June 11th, 2009
7:02 am

To keep on the topic i would have to go with Vince Young. Vick would be fun to watch but is the baggage worth it. Farve was a great QB in Green Bay, however there does come a time when you need to really retire. So this leaves Young. He still has a couple of good years left and a change of pace may do him some good.

Not a Vick Fan

June 11th, 2009
7:02 am

I forgot about the other one. He is my real choice; Jeff Garcia.

Larry

June 11th, 2009
7:05 am

Bradley, you really disturb me. You’d rather take a psychotic sadist than a prima donna. Your attitude is so emblematic of what is so totally wrong with sports today.

bill

June 11th, 2009
7:13 am

i would choose mickey mouse over mike vick, why would a team even consiger him they would be hit with furor from area residents team supporters and pickets each game vick should be put in a pen hung upside down and let starving dogs get to him

Nativebird

June 11th, 2009
7:17 am

I’d go with Banks, definitely. He’s more athletic than Carter.

bill

June 11th, 2009
7:19 am

patrick & charity dont know what you are on, but have you considered what loses the team would take $$$$$$$$ vick is major distraction to any city or team when pickets show up and they will i assure you, the real ticket holders will get very annoyed and cancel out on season tickets he will never fill a stadium he deserves a third chance, how about cleaning the highways

Greg

June 11th, 2009
7:24 am

David C is an idiot….wow first comment…what a great accomplishment. The answer is none of the above.

me me me

June 11th, 2009
7:33 am

You forgot the none of the above option. I would settle with practice squad QB. All those guys carry too much baggage to enter any conversation about leading a team. But since we’re not dealing in reality … Vick, because of the three he has the most upside on the football field.

SimpleDawg

June 11th, 2009
7:50 am

Favre, Vick, or Young ? The Old, the Bad, and the Unstable…..some choice.

Slow sports news day ?

dgroy

June 11th, 2009
8:14 am

Write about something sports worthy!!!!!!

dap01

June 11th, 2009
8:14 am

Favre was a great QB. He is now still very good but too difficult.
Vick is a great physical talent, but not a leader.
Vince is a great physical talent, but not smart enough to lead a playoff team.

Mark Bradley

June 11th, 2009
8:16 am

There’s no “none of the above” in the poll for a reason. I want you to pick one of the three. That’s pretty much the purpose of the whole exercise.

Marsha

June 11th, 2009
8:55 am

OMG, the poster that said he would go with Vick, because Vince Young is “weird”?????? LMAO–And what do you call a millionaire who hung, drowned, electrocuted, fought, starved, and beat dogs to death for his fun? Unreal–

So the author of this article would pick MV too?? And he would be a fool. MV was NEVER worth a —-as a QB, and he certainly isn’t going to improve once an entire stadium is booing and trashing him. He couldn’t handle a few boos, remember, without flipping the fans the finger, I don’t think he could cope when an entire stadium was directing their disgust directly at him. As it should be. MV should fade away into obscurity, which is actually BETTER than what he actually deserves.

NFL FAN

June 11th, 2009
9:01 am

Mark Bradley has gone off the deep end. Sick Vick playing for any team would be a nightmare. The qb is the face of a team, who wants a convicted animal abuser as the face of their team? Brett Farve is far too confused about what he wants to do, I’d have to go with Vince Young. And Marsha, I agree with you, the poster that said Vince Young is too “weird” so they would go with Michael Vick has a screw lose himself. That’s absolultely laughable that anyone would be so much a moron as to post that statement.

Mac

June 11th, 2009
9:03 am

Well, there’s not much to choose from. A has-been, a flake and whatever’s left of Mike Vick. Heck, I’ll go with Vick, too.

Fortunately my team’s set with Matt “Red” Ryan.

St. Bernard

June 11th, 2009
9:03 am

I hate the Favre chronicles, but you’d rather have a bench warmer or someone who hasn’t played instead of him. If you really want to win…you’d pick Favre.

Ted Striker

June 11th, 2009
9:03 am

Assuming salary cap issues were not in play, I’d sign Vick. I’d have Vick stand on a podium beside me and I’d make a public statement that I’m an owner who believes in giving someone who is contrite and who’s learned from his mistakes a second chance. I’d then have Vick say he was sorry and that all he wants to do now is be a good citizen and play football for the people in that city, whatever role it might be, starter or backup or water boy.

Then I would announce that the football team is a family. The players are a family, the coaches are family, the fans are family — and the family will stand together as one. If someone chooses not to stand with them, then they are against the family. Then I’d close with this statement.

‘Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever. “

The Dogfighter Returns

June 11th, 2009
9:04 am

damn another day another article about mr. vick. the bastards must be running out of stories to write.

Don’t you have anything interesting to write about? You wonder why no one buys newspapers anymore.

Why would anyone pay for this garbage. Better luck next time.

The Dogfighter Returns

June 11th, 2009
9:10 am

once again mike vick did not serve one day in federal prison for dogfighting or killing dogs. The feds had no issue with how he treated the dogs (it was his property) it wasn’t against the federal law at the time he committed those acts.

you may just want to take a look at the plea to find out exactly what happened.

What!!!

June 11th, 2009
9:18 am

Ted Striker…………..are you a TOP GUN wannabe?

With Vick if you stand as a family you will at some point fall as a family. He’s proved that by almost destroying an NFL franchise. Had it not been for Blank, TD, and Smith drafting the right players Vick may have succeded.

With that said, If I was choosing one of those QB’s, I would just try to get by til the draft.

Michael

June 11th, 2009
9:21 am

That’s like trying to pick your favorite method of torture. But I suppose if I absolutely had to pick one of the three, I’d go with Young. Sure, he’s not as talented as Vick, but he doesn’t come with the baggage. Favre is just a dinosaur that no longer has the ability to carry his team like he did 10 years ago. The fact that he’s a diva just cements the decision. So yeah, give me Vince Young and let me see if I can teach him and help him grow into his full potential.

PMC

June 11th, 2009
9:21 am

Of the 3 if you are forced to make a choice for this year Vince is the only real option and I’m not sure that’s a great one either. Farve can’t do it anymore. Vick is too much of a question mark at this point unless you had a QB in place already to find out what you had or let him learn.

Vick could have been so incredible. He had so much talent and ability. If he worked half as hard on being a QB as being a dog breeder he could have been a hall of famer. Unfortunately even if he comes back and he’s the same. He’s still not that accurate and he still doesn’t throw a really catchable ball. One of if not the most athletic people I’ve ever seen and he was athletic enough to bring high school sand lot to the NFL which is something to say in itself but as much as I wished it… he’s just not a great QB.

Ted Striker

June 11th, 2009
9:26 am

Hey, what — No. No Top Gun wannabe. But that reminds me of a joke.

Know the difference between God and a fighter pilot? God doesn’t think he’s a fighter pilot.

TommyP

June 11th, 2009
9:28 am

Bradley: Does your team play in Atlanta or is this a hypothetical football town as well?

Makes all the difference in this poll.

What!!!

June 11th, 2009
9:31 am

LOL! Good one Striker. Well, I still watch the movie when I catch it on TBS, which seems to be every day or two. lol.

Mark Bradley

June 11th, 2009
9:35 am

For the sake of today’s exercise, let’s say the team plays in … Kansas City. That’s about as generic as it gets. (I was going to pick Cleveland, but Cleveland and I have this history.)

Otto

June 11th, 2009
9:36 am

I would take Flutie over those 3 but since you made me pick Vince Young.

Vick was always out for himself and I expect him to be as reformed as Mike Tyson.

Favre was great but how are his injuries? If Favre is fully recovered he gets picked over Flutie.

cer

June 11th, 2009
9:37 am

Of the three you listed – Vick. I liked to watch Vick play, I was disgusted with what he did and that he lied about it made it even worse.

Bottom line – he has paid the price society set for his transgressions, so move on. I would say he does deserve another chance, but not a blind one – keep a close eye on him until he can prove himself one way or the other.

Having said all of that, he is the QB that would give you the best opportunity to move forward if all of your other options went away, of the three you have listed.

Mike H

June 11th, 2009
9:38 am

I want Favre obviously. I would rather play a dog than Vick.

Ol' Ball Coach

June 11th, 2009
10:23 am

I agree about WALTER BANKS. He is indeed one of THE nicest human beings to ever walks the planet.

Vick or Favre or Young ? OH, MY!

Well, let’s see…

- One is a convicted felon and inarticulate buffoon who knowingly infects women with STDs, tortures animals, runs illegal interstate gambling operations and cannot read a playbook or opposing defenses. On the bright side, however, this individual can no longer vote, (legally) possess a firearm or run for public office.

- One is a FORMER champion and over-the-hill graybeard who has a VERY had time making up his mind and is in suspect health.

- One is a collegiate champion, yet lacks maturity and mental & emotional stablility who make commit suicide by the end of the preseason.

Hmmmm…..

That fancy “Wildcat” offense really doesn’t need a QB, now does it?
Yeah! Let’s do that instead.

Ol' Ball Coach

June 11th, 2009
10:27 am

Okay, Okay!

If I absolutely HAVE TO pick one, I will take my chances with Favre.

He is the ONLY one of the three who as a reasonable chance of staying of both prison AND the morgue.

He also usually shows up for practice and can actually decipher a typical NFL-level offensive playbook.

Otto

June 11th, 2009
10:52 am

Mike H, I agree DJ Shockley would have been a more team orientted player than Vick.

David

June 11th, 2009
11:15 am

It’s amusing to me how the large majority of comments/reasoning for decisions here have almost nothing to do with how well each PLAYS. Last I checked, that’t why you hire a QB, to play.

IMO it depends on the type of team you are tyring to build. If you are building a fast offense that relies on deception, like Oakland (supposedly) is doing, then Vick or Young. If you have a very solid run game, but you need a QB that is great at reading defenses and adjusting, thereby preventing defenses from loading up on that run game to the point that they get burned if the QB audibles out of it — what the Vikings have — then it’s Favre, hands down.

Kraehefish

June 11th, 2009
11:25 am

…in other OTA news, Favre overslept practice, citing his need for pain-killers made him drowsy, and when he finally awakened he was further delayed by not being able to make up his mind to stop eating eggs, or to eat eggs for one more year. He has until Sunday morning to let us know if he will meet us at Waffle House for egg breakfast or not.

Vick reported, but was quickly sidelined for an apparent injury due to electric shock from his sweat getting into his designer “TI” ankle bracelet.

Vince Young, sadly, is ruled inactive. He had another mental relapse and thought that HE was actually Michael Vick, and is being investigated by NOW for allegedly sponsoring cat fights while drinking shots with other topless men.

db

June 11th, 2009
11:40 am

I would go with Young as, even though seems to be somewhat crazy, he has only been crazy for one year. Not like the other two.

George P

June 11th, 2009
11:46 am

Where is Marcus these days? Michael always said he was a better quarterback, and he proved at VPI that he could get into at least as much if not more trouble.

Fred

June 11th, 2009
11:47 am

But these same haters fail to realize they’re exactly why Vick will be back…..they want to see him play more intently than his supporters do.

midnite

June 11th, 2009
11:48 am

Vick will not be playing in the NFL this year…mark it down. He is not contrite, once a liar always a liar. The Commish will not fall for his bull$hit. Vick lied to Blank and Goodell. Do you trust a liar? The only remorse Vick feels is for getting caught. He is one dumb brother. Enjoy the UFL, Ookie.

VICK SUPPORTER 2

June 11th, 2009
11:50 am

I WOULD GO WITH ANY ONE OF THEM WHOSE NAME DOES NOT START WITH “MATT, RYAN OR LEAF”. IN FACT, I WOULD GO WITH JOEY HARRINGTON BEFORE I GO WITH “MATT RYAN LEAF”.

JUST LIKE THAT OLD SPRITE COMMERCIAL “IMAGE IS NOTHING – TASTE IS EVERYTHING”…..LETS FACE IT…..WINNING THE R.O.Y. IS IMAGE………WINNING PLAYOFF GAMES IS TASTE….

KEEP THE IMAGE AND SHIFT THAT LOSER BACK TO BOSTON COLLEGE. PLEASE BLANK NO MORE BOSTON COLLEGE REJECTS.

GO FALCONS!

Fred

June 11th, 2009
11:52 am

Don’t cha just love the moral majority hacks like “midnite”? Vick will play in both the UFL and NFL this season…and you’ll watch like both leagues know you will. They thank you for your support.

VICK SUPPORTER 2

June 11th, 2009
11:53 am

I’M REALLY, REALLY CONTUSED. OKAY CHECK THIS OUT………

BLANK MADE LEAF THE NEW FACE OF THE FRANCHISE…….OKAY

VICK IS ON HIS WAY OUT………………OKAY

SOMEBODY EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THE NEW FACE OF THE FRANCHISE HAS LESS ARTICLES AND BLOGS BY THE HOMETOWN & ESPN NEWS STATIONS……..

HE IS SO FAR FROM THE FACE, HE REALLY SHOULD BE THE “NEW BUTT” OF THE FRANCHISE :)

GO FALCONS!

$cash $cow

June 11th, 2009
11:55 am

I think given the three choices you’d have to go with Vick. He would still provide a good draw and can still create problems for the other team. Plus you know he’s regained an edge I think he lost the last year with the Falcons-he’s hungry to prove himself………….