Armchair GM: Time to End the Michael Vick Experiment
Armchair GM: Time to End the Wrong Minded Michael Vick Experiment so we can Concentrate on Football and Heal Steeler Nation
The Michael Vick experiment has been a horrible one. Vick is a terrible quarterback.
You know you really, really suck if Landry Jones makes you look like you really, really suck and Michael Vick really, really sucks… Really.
3 of 8 passes for 6 yards when he (mercifully for us) self-injured. It has been quite clear in Vick’s time with the Steelers that no offensive coordinator can build a game plan around him. His accuracy was never good even in his heyday. Now he seems only capable of winging spaghetti armed passes deep which are more like a version of the Hail Mary than an NFL caliber quarterback pass. He struggles to find his secondary receiver… Heck, he struggles to find his primary receiver. He no longer has the running ability to be a consistent threat in that area. Sure, he can break off a run now and then and get lucky with a pass but you can’t put together a game plan based on that. He panics easily and decision making is non-existent.
Michael Vick was never a good quarterback. Oh, I know he can put on a good show but for all his flash he has a lifetime completion percentage of 56% and a starting record of 60 wins and 50 losses according to the Betfred code. He has never taken a team deep into the playoffs. He has never won an NFL championship. Now, with decaying skills, he is a liability, as proven by the lift the team got from the insertion into the lineup of Landry Jones.
With Landry Jones all the sudden the plays Haley was calling began to work. It wasn’t like he was putting in a different package for Jones. It was the same ball control, don’t let you beat yourself, backup QB fair.
It just all the sudden started to work.
Jones to Bryant Touchdown.
I don’t think Landry Jones will ever set the NFL on fire but he clearly illustrated what a wrong idea it was to stick with Michael Vick after Matt Cassel, Rex Grossman and Matt Flynn became available. You don’t need a whole lot to make this offense work. There is a ton of talent all around you. Landry Jones showed what a mid-level talent can do with that kind of offense. Jones went 8 of 12 for 168 yards. Martavis Bryant, who is Jones’ new best friend, made his season debut after serving a four-game suspension, pulling in six catches for 137 yards as they hooked up for two touchdowns.
The lift on the field and in the stands with the absence of Vick was palpable, too.
I have to admit I spend I good bit of my time trying to stop myself from flipping off the screen every time I see Vick in a Steelers uniform and part of me thinks ‘Well, good. I guess they had that coming.’ every time an opposing team does something good.
I don’t want to live like this anymore.
That whole pall left when Jones came on. The energy level raised in the stands. I could root for my team without having this bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. I could actually feel good for my team doing good without this overwhelming feeling of civic guilt.
Beyond being a unrepentant dog-killer, a convicted racketeer, an unconvicted gambler, a person of low moral character who associates with people of low moral character and a bad quarterback, Vick is also, I believe, an albatross and bad karma.
Nothing good has ever come to the teams he has played for. Nothing good has happened for the Steelers.
It is time to END THIS.
If anything, Landry Jones has gone a long way to show that given the Steelers’ talent, he will not hurt you at quarterback. He can make all the short and intermediate passes needed to get the ball to our players in space and allow them to do the rest. He will not make bad decisions. Todd Haley can actually call something that very closely resembles an NFL offensive game plan.
Landry Jones is a BETTER FOOTBALL DECISION than Michael Vick.
Michael Vick brings nothing to Pittsburgh but division, derision and in my opinion, disgrace.
It is time to sever ties, heal the rift in Steeler Nation and start to restore people’s faith that there is a ‘Steeler Way’.
p.s. I’m not the only one who feels this way. My Facebook friend, James, thinks the same thing.
“Harrison declares Landry Jones ‘is our QB now,’ Vick era could be over”
James Harrison on Landry Jones: “He’s our quarterback now.”
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 18, 2015