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I think it's come time to separate how the NFL will treat Michael Vick, and how the world will treat him. I think that in the world's eyes, there's always going to be that first flash of recognition of what might have been... and what actually was. A fleeting hope that the gift might still be there, overwhelmed by the realization that so much water has passed under that bridge.

Having Tony Dungy meet with him and intercede to whatever degree on his behalf will be a huge thing for Vick in his desire to find redemption through football. Dungy is a universally respected figure in this league, and even a tacit endorsement of Vick from him would do more to reinstate him than all the remorse, real or not, that Vick can manage. In the end, I think that the current Commissioner has proven that the need to fill the coffers trumps most everything else in his mind, and Vick will be a huge money-maker and headline-stealer for the league.

Personally, I think his days as a pure quarterback are over, not that he was ever much of a pure quarterback. The Wildcat offers Vick a set of playbook variables with which he can excel, and he'll be given the chance sooner or later. I only hope he does something of value with the mother of all second chances.

By Doug Farrar  |  May 19, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Doug Farrar , Michael Vick , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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"Personally, I think his days as a pure quarterback are over, not that he was ever much of a pure quarterback."

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sort of pointing out the obvious fact that the rest of the football world seems to overlook. Not only was Vick not a pure quarterback, he wasn't a very good one. Check his stats, and the Falcons' passing game, and compare it to the David Carr years in Houston.

Now there are a few differences - Vick was on a playoff-caliber team with strong receivers and a good running game, while Carr played for the expansion Texans with a very weak roster. Yet their numbers are very similar - in fact, some years Carr out-quarterbacked Vick.

He ran because he had to, not because he was Mr. Imaginative Playmaker making something out of nothing. He was actually trying to make something out of the nothing he had created 3 seconds previously.

Yes, Vick was exciting to watch, but he didn't deliver anything of note - won a couple of playoff games, but also threw a LOT of interceptions and by most accounts never learned to read an NFL defense.

Just like David Carr.

Posted by: kemp13 | May 19, 2009 1:28 PM

I wouldn't object to the NFL giving Vick another chance, he certainly spent more time behind bars than Ray Lewis did.
As for him getting signed by a team, that is less likely, I think, because QB's who run better than they pass have a pretty short shelf life in the NFL and Vick is bound to be rusty. Likely he will get invited to some camps to show what he can do, but, unless he has been spending a lot of his time learning how to read and react to NFL defenses he may just wind up being too far behind the curve to play with any effectiveness at the NFL level.

Posted by: rkerg | May 19, 2009 10:22 PM

WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL VICK-AND WE BELIEVE IN YOU! DON'T LISTEN TO THE DUMB A$$ES ON THIS BOARD, WHO MAKE YOU OUT TO BE SOME SORT OF SERIAL MURDERER-THAT MAKES ME LAUGH!

AND WHAT IS PARTICULARLY GALLING AND ANNOYING ARE THESE SPECTACULARLY UNINSIGHTFUL AND SCREAMINGLY HYPOCRITICAL SPORTS WRITERS DELIVERING THEIR OH SO SANCTIMONIOUS JUDGMENTS ABOUT THE "END OF MICHAEL VICK" FROM THEIR PERILOUSLY HIGH PERCHES!

HA HA HA! VICK IS GONNA SHOW ALL OF YOU A-HOLES-AND HE WILL BE A BETTER PLAYER THAN BEFORE-AND AS FOR THE TERRORIST ANIMAL ACTIVISTS-IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU GOT PUT IN A DOG-FIGHTING RING AND LET THE PIT BULLS CHEW ON YOU FOR A WHILE, HUH? HOW ABOUT IT?

Posted by: arrabbiato | May 20, 2009 3:18 PM

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