|Vick as a Patriot? Allen, Theismann think it could work||06.22.09 at 10:51 pm ET|
LEDYARD, Conn. — Michael Vick in a Patriots’ uniform? Two former NFL stars think it could work.
The idea of New England acquiring the former Falcons quarterback been floated by some on the Internet. And speaking before Tuesday’s Big Shot Titans at the Tee long drive competition at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Lake of Isles course, Marcus Allen and Joe Theismann agreed that Vick would make an interesting addition in Foxborough.
Setting aside his off-field transgressions — Vick was recently released after spending 19 months in a federal prison on dogfighting charges — Theismann acknowledged that Vick has plenty of “hurdles” to overcome before he returns to the NFL. But the former Redskins quarterback said someone who approaches the game in a non-traditional way like Belichick would likely use Vick as part of a “Wildcat” scheme.
“Michael would probably fit in very, very well in New England,” Theismann said of Vick. “It would give him a chance to transition back in, play a little bit, get comfortable in a system, be surrounded by good players.”
Theismann said the Patriots’ offense — namely, their willingness to operate out of the shotgun more often than not — plays to Vick’s strengths.
“For him to be effective as a quarterback, he has to be a better passer. Not just a thrower, but a better passer,” he added. “And I feel like the system that they run in New England, the system that they run with the quarterback further away from the line of scrimmage, would serve him a lot better.”
The Patriots have been extremely selective when it comes to picking and choosing from available players who might have had a checkered past. But when it comes to approaching those types of players, those decisions have always come with the full assent of the organization.
And Allen believes that, based on their track record, the Patriots would do their due diligence before deciding to take a chance on Vick.
“That’s a large undertaking for a team,” Allen said when asked about the possibility of a team signing Vick. “And so I think before it even gets to the head coach, the organization itself has to make that decision.
“I clearly think a person deserves a second chance, but at the same time, there will be a lot of pressure on the organization that takes him on. Even before it gets to the coach, I think the organization will have to make that decision. I think if the decision got past the organization, Coach Belichick is the perfect guy to foster that experience.”
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