I'd love to see Michael Vick play for the Carolina Panthers. And please, no angry email this time. Every dog-lover in the Carolinas emailed after I wrote during training camp last summer that Vick would fit the Panthers nicely. And I answered each of you, the first month. Then I moved on.
I checked with my rescued greyhound before I wrote this blog, and he said he was fine with it. When he taps the floor three times with his front right paw, that means, "I'm fine with it."
Vick told an Atlanta station that if he could play for anybody, it would be Carolina.
He would make an interesting change of pace. But he will never be a superior starter. Jake Delhomme and Matt Moore will compete for the starting job. Vick would be a change-of-pace. He'd run a few plays and maybe a few series. If he's good, and the others are not, maybe he gets a start.
But he didn't do anything his last two seasons in Atlanta, or in his '09 guest gig with Philadelphia, that suggests he is capable of leading an NFL team.
Defenses figured him out. HIs coaches in Atlanta wanted him to run less. His friends told him to ignore the coaches and run more. So he ran more. Opponents created opportunities to hit him. They beat on him. He's not a big guy. As the game wore on, he wore down.
Vick does need to roll out, however, because he has never been an accurate passer. Having a big arm, and making the ball go where you want, are not the same.
I don't know who starts for Carolina next season. There was nothing wrong physically with Delhomme in '09. You don't want to hear this, but I suspect that if he regains his confidence, he will compete for the starting job.
No matter who the starter is, the Panthers need a third quarterback. Maybe they draft one. Maybe they find one.
I can't imagine it will be Vick. Although ESPN reported last summer that Carolina was a likely destination, the Panthers had no interest.
What's happened in the last seven months to make them change their minds?