It’s time for you to tell the truth! You know as well as I do that before Ben Roethlisberger was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft you did everything you could to get Michael Vick on your Madden game didn’t you?
Who could blame you? He had a cannon for a left arm, had moves that would make a point guard shiver and was as fast as just about anyone in the NFL. I’m giving you permission to just admit that you had Vick in the black and gold so I’ll wait while you come to some honesty in your life…
Twelve years later, you no longer have to wonder what Michael Vick would look like in a Steelers’ uniform. The Steelers signed him to a one-year deal today to become the back-up to Roethlisberger. The move coincides with Bruce Gradkowski going on injured reserve following surgery on his banged up hand.
This signing also means that Landry Jones, who I feel completely comfortable in labeling a “bust,” is now the third-string QB once again. This piece isn’t about Jones though; it’s about the 13-year veteran Vick.
If you follow me on Twitter (@steeldad for the shameless plug), then you already know I’m not crazy about this signing. Does it have anything to do with his horrible, past treatment of dogs? No, but I’m not exactly thrilled with that either.
I just don’t think this makes a lot of sense from a football standpoint. In his 13-year career that has spanned three other teams (ATL, PHI, NYJ), Vick has fumbled the ball 96 times losing 43 of them. And you think people get upset with Big Ben putting it on the ground???
His career completion percentage is 56.1% which doesn’t exactly instill confidence in me nor should it you. In fact, in 13 seasons he’s only had one season in which he had a completion percentage finish above 60% and that was back in 2010.
The whole reason the Steelers are bringing Vick in is because they need some type of reasonable insurance if Roethlisberger were to go down with an injury. That’s fair for one game, but if Big Ben is down for any extended period of time then forget it. This team isn’t going anywhere if #7 isn’t on the field.
If you’re concerned about injuries to the quarterback then start with Vick. Since 2010, he’s had issues with his ribs, hands, hamstrings, quads, concussions and fingers. Nine times he missed games and dozens more he was listed as questionable or doubtful.
If Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert are so concerned about Ben Roethlisberger’s health then why not look for a guy who has a little more durability and youth perhaps? Bringing Vick in is like potentially replacing an aging Ferrari with a damaged ’96 Ford Taurus.
Look, the bottom line is that if Michael Vick takes any significant snaps this season under center then our hopes as fans are already shot.
Oh and if you’re planning on using Vick in your new Madden ’16 game, I bet he’s hurt before the end of your first game. Just sayin…’