Still feeling bitter about being cut by the Saints, Joe Horn found a new home Thursday, signing a four-year, $19 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Horn, an 11-year vet, adds some experience to the Falcons wide out core that has underachieved for the past few years with Michael Vick at the QB spot. Horn on Thursday quickly spoke of getting the Falcons wide out core on track. “I want to get some words across to them,” he said. “I want them to know – ‘I’m not here to shine on you, man. I came here to help, I came here to be a part of something new.”
Atlanta needs to make things new, as they fired coach Jim Mora Jr. after finishing the season losing seven of their last nine games. They blew a 5-2 start and finished 7-9. The team grabbed Bobby Petrino as their new head coach, and have made numerous offseason moves to try and get the bad taste out of their mouths about the way the last two seasons ended. Both seasons they started strong, looked poised for the playoffs, but then went in the tank and fell short.
That’s one reason why Horn, who will also have the task of getting Michael Vick on track, was signed to a deal that would see him turn 39 years old if he played it out. “I’m going to bring some professionalism to Mike,” Horn said. “I want to be a brother to these guys and when I say something I want them to say, ‘You know, I trust Joe.'” The one thing that cannot be trusted right now is the play of Vick, who continues to profess to be an up and coming star some weeks, only to fall back and look like an under average quarterback the next.
Many questions about even if Vick should start this upcoming season have been brought up in many circles around the internet and in sports talk shows. Many think that its time for backup Matt Schaub to finally get a shot to run the offense. Schaub has also shown flashes when he has gotten the chance to be able to run the team better than Vick, and appears to be more of a prototypical type of NFL QB and does not run as much or take the chances that Vick does. While Horn is a solid addition to a team that needs leadership, Vick may turn out to be the bigger problem the team is going to have to deal with.