This summer was an interesting one for second string quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was involved in an off the field issue when he decided to throw a 30th birthday party that eventually involved a shooting. Although Vick’s name was eventually cleared, it did not help an already tarnished image.
Aside from all the drama, many of the coaches talked about how impressed they were with Vick and that they strongly believe he was “back”. Correct me if I am wrong, but I just don’t see that. I don’t put much into what happens in preseason, but in my opinion Vick doesn’t look close at all. Vick has zero pocket presence and his throws have been erratic. Seeing Vick continue to struggle scares me because he is the primary option if Kevin Kolb were to go down with an injury. This preseason, Vick has thrown three interceptions to go along with two fumbles and he does not look like he is capable of successfully running an offense. Sure he is a threat to run and make a play here and there, but I do not have the confidence in him to lead this team if need be.
Vick was supposed to play the entire first half for the final preseason game but Andy Reid pulled him after he went 3-5 for 56 yards. When Reid was asked why he pulled Vick so soon, he replied “Because I wanted to. I think he’s had enough work. The guy’s 30 years old. He’s been in this league [a long time]. I think he’s ready to go.” I understand that he is 30 years old and has played the game now for some time, but he also lost a couple of seasons away from any type of football activities because of a run-in with the law. Vick needs as much work as possible and I personally still do not know what we can get out of the guy because we have not seen him enough.
Overall, I like having Vick as an added weapon on the field, especially in the red zone. However, I would feel much more confident if he was the third quarterback rather than the back up to Kolb. In my eyes, Vick is a nothing more than a play maker simply playing the quarterback position.