I’ve read the comments, battled with it in my own mind, and time and time again, I’ve come to this conclusion – I’ll take Mike Vick on the Steelers in 2009.
That is a tough statement to make, and while I know that I’ll get blasted in the comments section today, tomorrow, and probably over the weekend, I will try to at least make some type of case as to why I think this move would help the Steelers on the field, and not threaten their locker room with distractions off of it.
1. Vick can play the game – Yes, Mike Vick is not the next Joe Montana or anything like that, but there’s been plenty of times in his pro career that he showed he can throw the football and make plays, and even make more plays with his legs. We are talking about a talented player here, not a practice squad guy.
2. He fills a position on this club – The Steelers for the past 14 seasons always seemed to have that multi-threat player that once the ball is in is hands, can run or throw it – Kordell Stewart, Antwaan Randle-El, these guys always gave the Steelers that trick play ability. For now, Dennis Dixon is that guy, and I don’t think he’s ready for that role – Vick would be.
3. The guy paid his debt – I realize that what he did was AWFUL and WRONG, but let’s be real, he paid his debt with a prison term. If your going to allow Browns WR Donte’ Stallworth a shot to play again AFTER KILLING A MAN DRUNK DRIVING, should we not allow Vick the same ability to play again?
4. The Steelers could handle the off the field PR nightmare that comes with signing Vick – Pittsburgh is already somewhat is the midst of chaos with the Ben Roethlisberger situation, and not to say Vick would totally overshadow that, but come on – he would. This is not to say that one distraction deserves another, but I think the Steelers and Mike Tomlin could have Vick on their team and it not be a circus.
5. It’s a low risk move – If Vick screws up, you kick him to the curb and say “thanks but no thanks.” Nothing lost, nothing gained. But if he shows that he is truly reformed and is doing things right, you have another weapon to a team that is ready for another Super Bowl run.
So go ahead, slam me, throw me your comments, tell me I should have me Steelers Nation membership revoked, how your not going to attend games or watch them if they sign him, whatever. I’m man enough to say it – this team would be a better team with Mike Vick on it.