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’.

Go Stillers!!!

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”

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35 Comments on this post.
  • Cindy
    19 October 2015 at 1:58 pm
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    You are right on. Too bad so many people are so blind to these facts. Hes a horrible QB, horrible person and the Steelers should be ashamed of themselves. They certainly divided Steeler Nation, which doesn’t make those of us with morals any less of a Steelers Fan…or former Steeler fan I should say.

  • Monica Caraffa
    19 October 2015 at 2:15 pm
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    the experiment shouldhave endef the day this low-life sociopath got out of prison!
    there is a reason he failed in Philly, NY and now Pittsburgh…KARMA

  • Kara
    19 October 2015 at 2:24 pm
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    Amen. No one wanted him to begin with. He is a sociopath. Get him out of there!!!!

  • Jill
    19 October 2015 at 2:26 pm
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    Michael Vick has no soul, no heart, no morals, no compassion. He is in fact a bully in the worst of all ways, a dog murderer and the Steelers should be ashamed of themselves for even thinking of signing him let alone making him a ” star” qb.
    Hey Vick you need jumper cables?!!!!

    • Scott Anderson
      19 October 2015 at 11:50 pm
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      Well said Jill!! I couldn’t of said it better he is a lowest scum that walks the earth! He needs to be put to sleep!

  • Shanna
    19 October 2015 at 2:29 pm
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    I’ve always said the only job that man should have is cleaning dog kennels for the rest of his life.

  • Gary
    19 October 2015 at 2:34 pm
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    Couldn’t have said it better!! Only problem now is having to look at Tomlin on the sidelines.

    • Christy galvin
      19 October 2015 at 2:46 pm
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      Word, Gary! Someone needs to hold him accountable for making such a terrible decision to bring on Vick. I blame him 100%.

  • Christy galvin
    19 October 2015 at 2:44 pm
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    Could not be more accurate. Whose with me in taking Karma out for dinner and drinks!?

  • Vicki
    19 October 2015 at 2:50 pm
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    Stats alone tell the story. Vick was not producing or even holding down the fort. We would have lost. He looks lost out there. He had his chance. Never performed not even on basic things. Boot him. And yes karma is at work. Well written article as it mirrors my thoughts and feelings, and it is logical.

    • Mark
      19 October 2015 at 2:55 pm
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      To bad he’s still a Steeler, you dog lovers are very pathetic lonely POS, all of you.

  • Vik
    19 October 2015 at 2:52 pm
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    You speak the truth, my friend, and I thank you.

    • Mark
      19 October 2015 at 2:53 pm
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      He sucks just like you.

  • Mark
    19 October 2015 at 2:53 pm
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    Jim McMillen you my friend is nothing but a POS, and so is your page. Do the Steelers a favor and stop writing BULLSH-t rants, your nothing but a disgrace to the Steeler nation. GET OVER YOURSELF YOU IDIOT.

    • patricia
      20 October 2015 at 6:38 am
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      U ARE AN IGNORANT POS!!! People nationwide will NEVER forget what Vick did!! We are the voices for all animals who cannot speak for themselves!!! Let Vick beat u, set u on fire, electrocuted u!!!! Then we c how much u like him dumb fuk!!!!

  • Chelle
    19 October 2015 at 2:55 pm
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    It is like I am reading from my own mind! You truly let me know that I really am not the only one with these exact thoughts!

    I had the game on in another room with the husband, while I was trying to stay busy with other tasks. Then I hear ohhhs and ooohs happening in the room and Husband shouting Vick’s out with a concussion!

    I jumped out of my seat with joy and rushed into the room to share in that feeling of wanting to flip him the bird and use the schoolyard teasing voice of “awww you gotta boo boo? Does it hurt?” EXPLETIVEs, EXPLETIVES, EXPLETIVES!

    Then they joy of seeing Vick dizzy with (hurt ego) pain on the sidelines to Tomlin, I parked my butt on a seat to watch how this all played out!

    I couldn’t be more proud of Landry and in my immediate thoughts, I couldn’t get out of my head all my steeler “friends” on facebook that threw this kid in the mud to worship Vick! Their enormous hypocrisy and to see them all share in the joy of Landry’s victory made me sick in the gut still.

    I can’t be friends with morally twisted dog killer accepting folks who threw it in all of their Facebook friends and harassed the NO VICK supporters with a vengeance. Now what for them? Are those vick worshippers all now QB3 #1 Fans now? And are they pushing the “if you don’t accept that… you’re not a true Steeler Fan!!!” rhetoric?

    If any of your readers are friends with me on facebook, they have an idea of what I posted after the game. In essence, it was another encouragement for Vick fans to delete me.

    • Audrey
      19 October 2015 at 7:28 pm
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      Very, very well written. Eloquence all around!

  • Marion
    19 October 2015 at 2:59 pm
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    Thank you for this excellent article!
    Absolutely spot on!
    Vick has zero redeeming qualities; any team that has to put up with him, has my sincere condolences.
    He is a vile human being and at best a mediocre player.

  • Deb
    19 October 2015 at 3:04 pm
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    Well said! We don’t need Vick and have never needed someone of his moral character. End his contract and let’s get back to the football we’ve known and loved.

  • Chelsea
    19 October 2015 at 3:14 pm
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  • Dog Lover
    19 October 2015 at 3:26 pm
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    Steelers are POS immoral bastards for hiring this POS criminal who should be in prison!!! Not even two years behibd bars is pathetic, he should grt at least 15 years for what he did. He’s never been sorry for what he did. He apoligized because he had to. Son of a bitch, murderer psycho!!! #novick #dogsdeservebetter

  • Judy Maurer
    19 October 2015 at 3:37 pm
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    good for you to stand up for what’s morally right and at the same time unpopular in a city that is obcessed with their football team. Never thought the Steeler Ownership would stoop so low, thought they had ethics.

  • Donna
    19 October 2015 at 3:38 pm
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    Amen! This nightmare may soon be over! Shame on the Rooneys for ever signing the depraved psychopath dog killer and dividing Steeler nation!

  • Pitbully Mom
    19 October 2015 at 4:19 pm
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    At least Mr Vick doesn’t have to worry about the Steelers clipping jumper cables to his ears and tossing him in a pool for his poor performance! I hate to see him held up as a role model, since I have yet to see any qualities worthy of emulation.

  • Catherine Morris
    19 October 2015 at 4:26 pm
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    Awesome article, hits the nail on the head!!!

  • DFA
    19 October 2015 at 4:38 pm
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    If we want to get right down to it, the entire NFL should be ashamed of some of the players that they place as role models for our children. It’s time that we started speaking up and letting them know that enough is enough! No more excons, rapists, abusers, felons, molesters, DOG FIGHTERS, etc…
    We can not sit back and ask what is wrong with our society when this is the role models that our children look up to.
    We also need to put a stop to these thugs speaking in our schools!!!
    For those who do not understand the outrage over Vick, read the case files! The man is a monster. He may have said “sorry” but it should not excuse what he did. (Same with others)
    I also believe that the team owners should do away with whoever is responsible for hiring the thugs. They should want their team to be a team that others can admire. Owners lose my respect when they put the mighty dollar and points before morals!

  • elizabeth
    19 October 2015 at 4:47 pm
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    Thank you for you honest & heartfelt summary. Many fans share your quandary over supporting their team with vick on it.

  • Rover
    19 October 2015 at 4:57 pm
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    The time was almost 2 months ago. No problem, I’ve moved on. Rooney can kiss my *ss.

  • Les
    19 October 2015 at 5:03 pm
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    Vick won the San Diego game and should have won the Ravens game.( If we had a kicker) this isn’t about Vick, the football player. It’s about Vick and those damn dogs.

    The dogs are dead, they’re not coming bs k. Get over it.

    • christine howard
      20 October 2015 at 6:55 pm
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      It is so so pathetically sad when a person of demented character posts such vile hatred for dogs. Face the fact that the dog murderer, a.k.a Adolph “OOKIE” Vick is history. As an NFL player, he’s an old washed-up has-been and as a human being, his soul belongs to KARMA.

  • Peggy
    19 October 2015 at 5:26 pm
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    Vick was a horrible awful decision from the beginning. He’s a disgrace to Pittsburgh. What a embarrassment to our team. Karma definitely bit them when it comes to Vick! End him now and have a little bit of pride!

  • Jenny Combs
    19 October 2015 at 5:50 pm
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    The Steelers never should have had a “Vick” era. It’s sad that they have lost so many fans for signing this suck ass QB. Regardless of whether he stays or goes, I’m done with the Steelers. Matter of fact, I’ve given up on the NFL all together. Vick should have never been allowed back. He’s anything but a good role model. Maybe Jarrod from Subway will be available soon and they can sign him.

  • Lynda
    20 October 2015 at 6:16 am
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    To those of you who defend Vick and agree with him playing in the NFL, Do you not have children? or do you just not care what type of person your child looks up to? Michael Vick is not a good person, Michael Vick is not an upstanding citizen, Michael Vick is a thug, a liar, a killer !!!! And to those of you who insist that they were “just dogs”, they were “just dogs” that were abused, maimed, tortured and killed by this person that you defend. This person who never spent a single day in prison for what he did to those dogs.

  • Lisa Henderson
    20 October 2015 at 3:54 pm
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    Vick is a washed up, has been as a QB. Even in his “prime” he wasn’t all THAT. I couldn’t be more thankful he has failed, he doesn’t deserve to shine. Now, how about the Bengals? Who Dey Baby!!!!

  • Brandi
    21 October 2015 at 2:12 pm
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