On Thursday, February 26, according to ESPN, authorities within the U.S. Bureau of Prisons decided that on or around May 21, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Vick will be released into home confinement, instead of a halfway home as originally decided. This decision came to after the Bureau of Prisons determined there would be no room inside of a halfway home for Vick to serve the final two months of his 23 month sentence, so in late-May he will be relocated to his home in Hampton, V.A., to complete his time wearing an electronic device to monitor his whereabouts at all times.
This could be the beginning stage of Vick returning to the gridiron; possibly as early as next season, depending on if Roger Goodell decides to take further disciplinary action once Vick has finished paying his debt to society. Whether Vick is allowed to return to the NFL sometime during the 2009 season or not until the 2010 campaign, it probably won’t be as a quarterback.
Face it, Michael Vick has never been confused or mistaken for a prolific drop back passer who can make all the throws and correct decisions on the field. Vick’s superior use of his legs and feet always compensated for his subpar signal calling. Throughout his career Vick has averaged just 155.4 passing yards per game, 0.96 passing touchdowns per game, a dismal completion percentage of 53.8 and a basement level QB rating of 75.7. None of those statistics represent what many would expect from a superstar quarterback, which Vick was, however his athletic ability placed him on that plateau.
Now two, possibly three years removed from the NFL, after he will be allowed to step on the field, there’s no way that anyone in their right mind should anticipate Vick returning to the position of starting quarterback. It’s too difficult of a position to take two or three years off from, then return to and play at a high level, especially when the guy wasn’t that good at it originally. Instead, whichever team does take a chance on him, should completely roll the dice and try something new in the NFL. Michael Vick can become the NFL’s first version of the athlete position.
In high school and even some collegiate football, the athlete position is one where a player can lineup almost anywhere on the field. With Vick’s athletic capability and the possibility of him being slightly larger and still in shape due to being incarcerated, why not. For approximately 15-25 plays per game, line him up anywhere on the field. Let him run kicks and punts back, let him play a little running back, some wide receiver and definitely QB in the wildcat formation, you could even let him play a little dime safety. With his skill set he should be able to pull it off, as long as he can work himself back into football shape, is fine with no longer playing quarterback and opens his mind up to the idea, the possibilities are limitless.
It’s all on him and a coach to actually have this same brilliant idea (or read this article) and possess the stones to allow him to execute it and we could see something we have never witnessed before. It is very possible that Vick could finish a season with about 1, 500 all-purpose yards, four passing touchdowns, three rushing scores, two receiving scores and two or three return touchdowns. Add that with a couple tackles on defense and maybe an interception or two and we will be witness to something never ever seen in the National Football League.
Vick not entering a halfway home now has him almost halfway home and once he does finish his entire sentence, that is when the second part of his journey back home to the NFL will begin. Will he take the right steps and make the right decisions to resurrecting his football career and life once given the chance to, only time will tell.