Why your team won't win the Super Bowl:
A lot of wise guys will note that the Falcons have a very legitimate shot at the Super Bowl if Michael Vick gets hurt and the team is forced to do with Matt Schaub at quarterback. But that is just stupid. The Falcons could very well win a Super Bowl starting Michael Vick.
At running back.
If the Falcons used Vick the way the Saints are anticipated to use Reggie Bush, they could be on to something. (And it’s not so crazy as Jim Mora is developing DeAngelo Hall as a two-way player.)
Vick is a kindred spirit with embattled Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer. Both mobile signal callers seem to win a bunch of games, but neither seem to get over the hump. Fans tend to hold out hope that the breakthrough will come, and hey, it worked for perennial loser John Elway so there is hope. But reality dictates that the Falcons will struggle for another season as Vick injures fans in the first couple of rows with errant passes.
Vick effectively ended the career of Peerless Price and is on the verge of thwarting the development of budding stars Roddy White and Michael Jenkins. The experts also wonder why the Falcons can never find solid receivers. (Here is a hint, maybe it’s actually the quarterback.) The Falcons also have a Warrick Dunn-clone in Jerious Norwood who could have a productive season. And luckily for him, Vick cannot overthrow Norwood on a handoff.
But then again, you shouldn’t overestimate Vick who probably could. The only thing Vick doesn’t seem capable of is leading his team to the Super Bowl.
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