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Who needs Matthew Stafford when you can have Michael Vick?

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Who needs Matthew Stafford when you can have Michael Vick?
    Posted by Justin Rogers | MLive.com April 16, 2009 20:28PM
    Categories: Draft, Free Agents
    If the MLive.com audience is indicative of the whole Detroit Lions fan base, somewhere around 82 percent of fans do not want the Lions to draft Matthew Stafford.

    The reason for this aversion has been discussed ad ad nauseam, so we'll just leave it alone.

    Well, the NFL Network's Jamie Dukes has a solution for the Lions, where the team can address the glaring hole at quarterback and avoid using the number one pick to draft Matthew Stafford.

    (To Jamie Dukes is nuts to me) who in the world would want vick now.
    That solution is Michael Vick.

    April 15, NFL.com: The solution for the Lions in my opinion is Michael Vick. Why Vick?
    - Rest assured the Lions would have one of the top three running games in the NFL next season with Vick under center.

    - Vick would help the defense because of ball control and his unusual propensity to keep the chains moving.

    - Most importantly for the Lions, Vick is "recession-proof" -- he would sell out Ford Field.

    Back to the Lions and their picks. The Lions should draft former Baylor OT Jason Smith at No. 1 to shore up their offensive line. They should use their second first-round pick (at No. 20) on the most disruptive defensive lineman they can find.


    Dukes theory is fun to discuss, but it seems foolish to assume Vick is ready to hop right back under center after two full seasons away from the game.

    Vick never was a great passer, having a career completion percentage under 54 percent. Therefore any team investing in his services would be banking on the hope he hadn't lost any of the speed or elusiveness that made him one of the most exciting players in NFL history.

    That's a big leap of faith.

    Plus, one would have to assume the Detroit Lions aren't interested in the potential PR nightmare and certain circus-like atmosphere that would be part of the package if the team decided to add Vick.

    Personally, I think Vick committed horrible crimes, but he's paid his debt to society. If the Lions want to give Vick that chance, I'd support the move. I just don't see it happening.

    As always, I look forward to hearing your opinion in the comments. Does the idea of Vick playing for the Lions intrigue you at all? Is it foolish to think Vick can return to 2006 form, where he ran for over 1,000 yards?
  2. Dash28

    Dash28 Felis silvestris catus

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  3. JonJon

    JonJon Injured Reserve

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    I don't think he will be reinstated, at least for another year.

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