Michael Vick completed his sentence for dog fighting charges on Monday. Analysts are already all over Michael Vick signing with a team in the NFL. The two teams that have been mentioned that I strongly agree with are the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. Reason being, personnel like Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick that can think outside the box. We've already seen both of these coaches do extraordinary things with their teams such as the Dolphins Wildcat Formation and the Patriots having multi-position players, on both sides of the ball.
Michael Vick would be the perfect fit in Miami with the Wildcat, but the drafting of West Virginia's Pat White gives me the feeling that Bill Parcells is not going to waste any time or money with the exact same mold of a player (yet much older and two years removed from the game). The Patriots however, are the epitome of taking those older, troublesome athletes and finding a way to fit them into their system and win. Imagine Michael Vick running the Wildcat, in Foxboro.
Vick's Future In The NFL
Fact of the matter is, Vick may be closer to returning to the league than we all think:
While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would not define Tuesday what "near future" meant in terms of a decision on suspended quarterback Michael Vick, sources say that a meeting with Vick could take place by Thursday or Friday, likely resulting in a conditional reinstatement next week.
I do not condone in any way what Michael Vick has done with dog fighting, but I do feel that he served his sentence and paid his debt to society. He has already been out of the NFL for two years and should be given a chance to return and play again. If Roger Goodell does not bring Vick back to the NFL, what does he think will happen? Vick isn't going to surprisingly open a puppy pound adoption center, bottle feeding little labradoodles until he can find them a suitable home.
Hop On Bill's Bandwagon
The Associated Press gave a nice synopsis, interviewing Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who's also had trouble with the law:
"For Michael Vick's sake, he needs to be on a strong team with strong leadership ability -- a Belichick team, a [Bill] Parcells team," Irvin said, noting that Randy Moss hasn't drawn many bad headlines since he began playing for Belichick.
Even the AP agrees with me that Vick can still succeed in one of two places, put it on the board. If Vick does end up in Miami or New England, expect big things once they start to utilize him effectively. I'm excited for the excitement that Michael Vick can bring to the football field with his triple-threat ability. Do you think Michael Vick should be able to play in the NFL again? Let us know in the comments section below.
Thanks to y-its-mom for the picture of Michael Vick.