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Monday, January 01, 2007

Next Victim of The Curse

Sometime in the next few weeks a new victim to a fairly recent curse will emerge. There have already been two people who have fallen to the curse over the last few years, and now someone else will be asked to step up and take it's wrath.

The curse I speak of isn't some goat in Chicago, or Bambino in Bean Town. No, this curse has only been around since 2001. It claimed it's first victim in 2003, and the next this morning. It's the curse of Michael Vick.

Vick is arguably one of the three or four most talented athletes in the NFL, but he's a very average quarterback, who hasn't lived up to huge expectations. That fact shouldn't really surprise people, though. The game has been redesigned over the last 2 decades to favor the passing game, and Mike Vick isn't a great passer.

In the 1950's he'd have won MVP's regularly running from a single wing or wishbone, or T formation. Unfortunately, it's the 21st century and being a QB who can rush for 1000 yards isn't really important, you have to be able to throw for 3500, and Mike hasn't shown he can. He has flashes, games with 3 touchdown passes or 300 yards passing, but then follows them up with a 40% passing game for under 150 yards.

Part of the curse also goes to the management of the Falcon's, who bestowed a $100 million dollar contract on a guy with a career passer rating of under 78, which is horrible for a "star quarterback". Because of the big money they've put on him, guys like Jim Mora and Dan Reeves have been dumped, for not getting "the most" out of the franchise player.

Mora, this year, probably got the most you'll see from Vick as a quarterback, 20 TD's, 16 turn overs (13 picks, 3 fumbles), 2500 passing yards and 1000+ rushing yards, but no playoff spot.

So, sometime in the next month, as I said above, someone will be hired to become the next victim of Mike Vick, the coach killer (as Jim Mora Sr. called him). A great talent but not talented enough at his position to carry a team, and with management not willing to bring in the rest of the pieces to make it so he doesn't have to.

I feel sorry for who ever it is that will spend the next three years making excuses for the Falcons, and Mike Vick.

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3Comments:

Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

I couldn't agree more. Vick is a fraud.

Despite the Andy Reid love-fest here in Philly, I would love to have Mora coach the Eagles.

9:52 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Hmm, wonder if the new 'victim' will be Dennis Green, released by the Cardinals?

9:03 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I wonder how he can sleep at night, knowing the salary he's earning for the job he's doing.

10:33 AM  

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