Friday, July 27, 2007

Where Will Vick Land?

By now you have probably heard of Michael Vick's trial regarding his involvement in an alleged dog fighting ring. It seems as if the Falcons are completely washing their hands of him, and have recently refused to name Mike by name and refer to him instead as "the player." That had me thinking, where are some soft spots Mike could land after all of this?

Option #4- Minnesota Vikings
Young Tavaris Jackson is manning the ship (hopefully not the fun one) in Minnesota right now. He lacks major game experience, and comes from a small school. Will he be the next Steve McNair? Time will tell, but Vick would be great insurance.

Option #3- Jacksonville Jaguars
They have Garrard and Leftwich, but that hasn't stopped them from courting Daunte Culpepper as of late. Vick combines Garrards mobility with Leftwich's arm, it could be a decent fit.

Option #2- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They tried to trade for Jake the Fake, and have 6 Quarterbacks on their roster right now. Assuming the aging Jeff Garcia doesn't get them to the promise land, Jeff Gruden may have to take desperate measures to secure his job. Vick would get to lay it to Arthur twice a year as an added bonus.

Option #1- Baltimore Ravens
This is the most likely destination from a city and football perspective. A rough, forgiving, city that has stayed with Ray Lewis and Steve McNair through thick and thin would be a nice soft spot for Mike to land. The Ravens have Troy Smith and Kyle Boller on their roster, but who really takes either of their NFL chances seriously? Baltimore is a city that would not only love to have Vick under center, but they would embrace him with a hometown like love Mike needs at this time in his career.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Falcons Sign Unknown Japanese Reciever

What's wrong with the folks down in Atlanta?

Fresh off a disappointing passing season for Michael Vick and disheartening rumors about dog fighting, the Falcons once again set Mike up for career sabotage.

Their latest signing is 5-10 179 pound Noriaki Kinoshita from NFL Europa. Now, I like NFL Europe players but another developmental receiver is not what the Falcons need. The already have Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Brian "Broken Leg" Finneran, and the oldie but goodie Joe Horn. Not to mention last season they drafted Arena League receiver Troy Bergeron and imported Broncos bust receiver Ashley Lelie.

Can the Falcons get it done? Not with Rod out on an endzone amber alert, Finneran's career hanging in the balance, and Joe Horn getting older as I type...

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Getting Rid of NFL Europe? Bad Idea.

The NFL had it right, then destroyed it.

They announced last week that they were destroying their overseas developmental league after 16 seasons. And while they do have very highly paid decision makers who made this decision, I cant help but disagree.

For one, the league produced some great stars. Players such as Jake Delhomme, Kurt Warner, and Dante Hall all refined their skills in Europe before making it to Pro Bowl levels as NFL starters. If it weren't for NFL Europe, Kurt would still be stocking shelves in that convience store.

The league gave players a chance to continue their professional careers. Otherwise, they wouldn't have a chance outside of arena ball and we know the league takes arena players as serious as Tedd Ginn's Pro Bowl chances.

With all this said, its sad to see the league go. I actually enjoyed watching Jarrett Payton and others rip it up over there. Will the NFL regret their decision? Will Mark Cuban's new football league capitalize on this? Only time will tell.