Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Why the Packers Should (Maybe) Consider Mike Vick.

If it made "roster sense" (it doesn't) I would absolutely support Thompson signing Mike Vick. Whoever does ultimately sign him will be very happy that they did. There is not a doubt in my mind that Vick would make any team in the league better. People poo-poo his passing ability, and that's fair, but shortsighted. He just brings so much else to the table. He has made many defenses look like clowns.

But the real reason to sign him is that next spring he will be a hot commodity. I guarantee it.

The NFL is a follow-the-leader-copycat league. Everyone is afraid of the PR hit they will take by signing Vick. But once one team sticks its neck out and the rest of the league realizes that fans were largely supportive of Vick getting another chance, NFL teams will be lining up for Vick's services next offseason.

Also, don't underestimate the power of the NFL fluff-machine. The NFL PR folks somehow made Ray Lewis a likable star. Get ready for a barrage of stories about how Vick turned his life around, found God, and has re-dedicated himself to his community, etc., etc. He also has the backing and mentoring of one of the NFL's genuine good guys, Tony Dungy.

That said, I just don't see a place for Vick on the Packers squad (unless he is willing to come aboard as the 5th wideout and QB on gimmick plays). I'm rather high on Matt Flynn, and there is no way that the Packers cut Brohm this season. Moreover, there is little chance that the Packers keep 4 qbs.

But if the Packers have an injury at QB, I hope Thompson picks up the phone to inquire about Vick.

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