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Why the Bills should go after Michael Vick

Buffalo not only needs a quarterback, they need some firepower on offense. Matt Bowen

Print This January 20, 2010, 07:11 AM EST
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Why not Michael Vick in Ralph Wilson Stadium next season?

I was surprised when the reports surfaced about Chan Gailey taking over in Buffalo, but now that it is officially a done deal there is no need to spin his hire one way or another. He is the head coach of the Bills and now the team needs to move on, prepare for the off-season, free agency, the draft and spring practice.

But, more importantly, they need to find a quarterback for Gailey’s offense.

It is no secret that owner Ralph Wilson wants a long-armed quarterback who can throw the ball down the field. He was the one who wanted an offensive head coach, and now that he has that in Gailey, why not give Michael Vick a look for the 2010 season?

If not, then give me another answer on the roster right now. Trent Edwards? Ryan Fitzpatrick? They have already proven that they cannot get it done in the AFC East. A rookie? That is the wrong way to go, because Gailey needs to win and he needs to win next season.

But, to do that, he is going to have to beat New England, the Jets and Miami. This division is stacked with talent and coaching, and with Gailey being the new coach on the block, he needs a QB that can make plays and a QB that has the arm to play in the weather of western New York.

I can’t see any way that the Eagles bring Vick back and pay him the money he is owed next season to continue to act as a gadget player in the Philly version of the spread option. He is too good of a player for that and too good of a quarterback to be wasted lining up in the wildcat.

Vick needs a team that is going to allow him to become the starting quarterback, and the Bills do have some talent at the skill positions when we talk about WR Lee Evans and RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Yes, the offensive line is a patchwork job, but with free agency and the draft, Buffalo can address those needs.

And it is not a bad idea to have a QB like Vick who can make some plays with his feet when protection breaks down—because he is an athlete.

But, is it too big of a signing for Buffalo? I don’t think so, because for all of the heat we tend to shovel onto Wilson, he did take a chance with bringing Terrell Owens to town last off-season. A total bust? Not really. As for the quarterback situation, the firing of Dick Jauron and the firing of offensive coordinator Turk Schonert didn’t help matters in the production of T.O. in 2009.

With a new head coach there will be a new staff in place, and with a full off-season under Gailey, I don’t see why the Bills don’t at least entertain the idea that Vick could develop into the starting quarterback in Buffalo for the foreseeable future.

Is it risk to go after Vick? Of course it is, but the same can be said for every draft pick, every free agent and even every coach you bring in. There is always a chance that it won’t work out and it will be labeled as a “bust.”

But, if you are the Bills right now--a franchise that hasn’t been to the post-season since 1999 and has suffered thirteen straight losses to New England--it might be time to take on that risk.

The Jets and the Dolphins are in a position to overtake the Patriots as the kings of the AFC East and for Gailey to be successful—and for Wilson to get what he wants on the field—the quarterback position must be the top priority in Buffalo.

In my opinion, the answer is Vick.

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Todd
Jan 20, 2010
08:09 AM

This actual isn't a bad idea for the Bills. They need to make some sort move with a new coach. The draft isn't going to produce a starter.

WCO
Jan 20, 2010
08:56 AM

no one will be trading for Vick when they will be able to get him for nothing when he's cut...his contract was set up esentially as a 1-year deal...they only way he's traded is for a 5th-7th round pick b/c the team in question doesn't think they have a "shot" at him in FA

Rich
Jan 20, 2010
09:18 AM

I've

Rich
Jan 20, 2010
09:19 AM

I've

RZP
Jan 20, 2010
09:25 AM

As a lifelong Bills fan I sincerely hope they do not sign Michael Vick. I'd rather watch the team have another losing season than be expected to root for a murderer of animals. Let Vick play in a place like Philly or LA where people don't care about morals. The Bills have already had enough trouble with bad-character players. The Bills should go after someone like Jason Cambell or just find someone in the draft and try to build him up.

Michael1970
Jan 20, 2010
09:35 AM

As a Jets fan, and someone who despises Vick, I'd love to see him in Buffalo. Watching Ryan undress this clown would be great to watch on multiple levels.

Vick is a tremendous athlete yes, but he's a terrible QB. Hell, he even sucks in my fantasy dog-fighting league now.

Tyler
Jan 20, 2010
09:41 AM

I belive that Vick will end up as the buffalo bills starting quarterback this season. Vick had a good season for only playing limited. I think the bills would be making a very good decision if they decided to grab vick as a free agent.

Bob K
Jan 20, 2010
09:50 AM

Isn't sentencing Vick to Buffalo double jeopardy? Alex, please ask the judges.

Bob K
Jan 20, 2010
09:52 AM

Speaking of undressing clowns, I understand that Keith Brooking is saying that Brett Favre's singing of "Pants on the Ground" was the ultimate cheap shot and he is pissed!

Lance
Jan 20, 2010
09:55 AM

Yeah because if there's something Buffalo needs more than anything is a QB whose accuracy was one of the worst in the NFL when he was in his prime, let alone now. So Vick can throw the long ball, who cares if it always ends up in the 12th row?

Frank
Jan 20, 2010
09:58 AM

Bringing in Vick would complete the Bills slide into raider-dom.

An old, meddling and incompetent owner, GMs that no one takes seriously and scrap heap coaches.

Might as well go for it. and hey, while they're at it, why not contact OJ Simpson about helping market the team?

Dave Masonis
Jan 20, 2010
10:22 AM

I've been a Bills fan since the mid-1960's and I've never been so down as I am now, which is saying a lot given the bad periods in late 60's and early 80's. Ralph refuses to admit mistakes and will continue to make them. The front office needed a cleaning out and it stays intact and Bills fans will continue to suffer.

Dave Masonis
Jan 20, 2010
11:24 AM

I've been a Bills fan since the mid-1960's and I've never been so down as I am now, which is saying a lot given the bad periods in late 60's and early 80's. Ralph refuses to admit mistakes and will continue to make them. The front office needed a cleaning out and it stays intact and Bills fans will continue to suffer.

Bills Fan in Va
Jan 20, 2010
11:48 AM

Michael Vick in Buffalo...absolutely not!!! Vick is a sideshow as a quarterback...he was a major threat as a runner at one point in his career but he has with accuracy. What did Atlanta ever win with Vick as QB?

Kevin
Jan 20, 2010
12:00 PM

Vick took the Falcons to the NFC Title game. The Bills haven't even sniffed the playoffs this decade. I say that qualifies as an upgrade.

But, go ahead and Keep Edwards. That is working out well.

Yojimbo
Jan 20, 2010
12:41 PM

RZP: Holier than thou much?

jlw
Jan 20, 2010
01:21 PM

Bob K, that is just too funny, did you come up with it by your very clever self, because it was terribly original, esp as Philly is the 8th Wonder of the Modern World. Speaking of Philly, I think it's a long shot for Vick in Buffalo, but what about McNabb? From what I hear the fans are still outside his house with pitchforks, plus he did play his college career 3 hours away from Buffalo, a dome though, I know. Jason Campbell is about the same as Trent Edwards & the Bills aren't getting Clausden or Bradford, so it does seem like it might be one of the Philly QBs.

Eric Green
Jan 20, 2010
01:44 PM

Great idea, Matt. I was thinking the same thing. Even though he is going to be 30 in June, he doesn't have a lot of wear and tear with only 4 full years at QB. He should be back up to speed with his year in Philly and ready to go. The other side of this Gailey. He was in Denver with Elway and Reeves. Vick's best year was probably his first with Reeves and his offense. Unfortunately, everyone kept telling Vick he should be in the WCO. The fact is Vick is an athletic QB with a 55% completion rate. That isn't a WC QB. With the weather and poor OL, Vick could be a good option for at least the next two to three years. In that time, they could try to draft and develop the QB of the future.

dan
Jan 20, 2010
02:03 PM

Interesting, but I don't think so. Some QBs throw balls that are easy to catch. With Vick, though, his receivers seems to have lots of drops even when the ball is right on target. If Vick goes to the Bills, I'll feel even worse for Lee Evans than I do already. I think he could've been Andre Johnson if he'd gone somewhere with some kind of offense. I mean, didn't they go through an entire season with JP Losman as their guy? Brutal.

booter
Jan 20, 2010
11:35 PM

I think the bills should consider a african american quarterback because there calf muscles are higher then white folks so it makes them faster

booter
Jan 20, 2010
11:37 PM

I think the bills should consider a african american quarterback because there calf muscles are higher then white folks so it makes them faster

Teenguy
Jan 20, 2010
11:57 PM

Lol

HeyBoo
Jan 21, 2010
07:48 AM

Does it really matter? After 2010, the Bills may be moving to Los Angeles. So the fans won't have much to worry about.

frank
Jan 21, 2010
09:21 AM

You've got to figure there's a reason why an Offensive Madman like Andy Reid refused to use Vick.

Maybe because of the fact that he just isn't very good.

GREG
Jan 21, 2010
12:11 PM

VICK IS EXCREMENT !

Jason
Jan 21, 2010
03:07 PM

vick goes to jail for killing dogs but the government kills innocent children and woman in the middle east everyday for MONEY

KB
Jan 22, 2010
03:47 PM

i say bring vick in for 1 or 2yrs,and draft tim tebow, and work on devolping tebow into franchise QB. and when tebows good n ready, get rid of vic. instead of vic they could try to get flutie back!lol

ether
Jan 22, 2010
10:37 PM

so eagles give u vick wat do we get out of it ur first round pick

kb
Jan 23, 2010
10:43 AM

no way, vic isnt worth 1 round pick! even a second round pick. 6 or/and 7th pick. mcnabb maybe for a 1, vic definetly not worth a first

ken
Jan 26, 2010
07:44 PM

just a thought, wouldnt it be ironic if vic went to cleveland? vic playin in the dogpound!?

Jon
Jan 27, 2010
12:22 AM

REPLY FOR RZP - You are insane he made a mistake I am not a Vick fan but he had a dog fighting ring he went to PRISON he was sorry and i could hear it in his voice if you watched the interviews you are a jackass why don't you pick on the players who murdered a person? Drunk or not they killed somebody not a freaking animal I am not saying what he did wasn't wrong but it no where compares to taking a HUMAN life and those players are in the NFL but yet you are worrying about Vick who went to prison, pay'd his debt, and is genuinely sorry for his MISTAKE grow up and learn to forgive it is pathetic to see how riled up you incompetent fools get over one mistake get over it and leave him alone

Jon
Jan 27, 2010
12:23 AM

REPLY FOR RZP - You are insane he made a mistake I am not a Vick fan but he had a dog fighting ring he went to PRISON he was sorry and i could hear it in his voice if you watched the interviews you are a jackass why don't you pick on the players who murdered a person? Drunk or not they killed somebody not a freaking animal I am not saying what he did wasn't wrong but it no where compares to taking a HUMAN life and those players are in the NFL but yet you are worrying about Vick who went to prison, pay'd his debt, and is genuinely sorry for his MISTAKE grow up and learn to forgive it is pathetic to see how riled up you incompetent fools get over one mistake get over it and leave him alone

vince
Jan 28, 2010
12:29 PM

He is just not that good. A big arm with no accuracy and not the brain you want at quarterback to go against new England, Miami, and the Jets aggressive defenses.

goliath
Jan 28, 2010
06:56 PM

trade lynch to phl for vick,lynch runs people over,not on the field,but on the street,trade some other clown for troy smith,maybe brohm or one of the other three musketeers.now you have a franchise quarterback and a young quarterback with the same style as vick....bingo!!!!

goliath
Jan 28, 2010
07:00 PM

oh yeah,i forgot the best part,now you can use the draft for ol and whatever else

Andre Smith
Jan 30, 2010
12:09 PM

all of u are fucking idiots, vick is a good qb, yea his accuracy isnt the best, but 4 years with the falcons he led them to 2 winning seasons, a nfc south championship, and a nfc title game, so before all u neanderthals start flapping your gums look up some facts, mike vick would be good in buffalo because the offensive line isnt tht great nd if it starts to break down, he culd make some plays with his feet, the bills should sign him, sign some veteran lineman, and just try to improve during the off-season for once

ken
Feb 01, 2010
03:37 PM

drew bledsoe went to superbowl too but couldnt do crap in buffalo! now that keep hearin rumors of mcnabb trade, i say screw vic and get mcnabb! build up o line, trade lynch, draft tebow, wr, Lt.

jpennick
Feb 06, 2010
11:23 AM

bring either of the 2 from the eagles and keep t.o their will be magical things happenning in our city of buffalo. doesnt matter which quarterback, remember 1983 76ers got rid of darryl dawkins and got moses malone and he took them to the promise land a nba title. i see the same thing happening with our team.miami won the division year before last the jets last year but neither couldnt get to the big dance,were takeing it all.

FunkE-1 Kenobi
Feb 09, 2010
05:00 PM

Mcnabb to Buffalo? Reunited with T.O.? RU nuts?

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