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The Trickle - Quarterbacks
August 18, 2009 - Brian Ferry
Favre be in from me to criticize a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, but this is a blog, after all. If I didn't criticize, I'd just be praising people all the time or making bland comments. Brett Favre. Make a decision and stick with it. You'll probably do well in Minnesota. I predict a good run in the playoffs. If you start to struggle, hand the ball to that guy with all the talent standing behind you. Everything will turn out fine. Still, you could have been a better man if you'd made this decision a couple weeks ago when you said you weren't coming back. Or, if you had stuck with what you did say all the way back then. Or, if you had not said anything back then. Or, if you had stayed with the Packers. Or, if you had stayed with the Jets. Why did you retire? Or whatever it was you did each of the last two seasons. Which team are you looking at dangling an aging carrot in front of next year? Do you plan to play for every team in the league? If you do, I'd suggest you start trying more than one each year. I've never seen a successful 70-year-old NFL quarterback.
So, the Eagles picked up Michael Vick. Seems like a good fit to me. There won't be pressure on Vick to be the starting quarterback in the next year or so. He gets to get back up to speed gradually. If McNabb can't go a whole season, one of the most amazing talents at the position is on the bench waiting for a shot. I'm just surprised the Patriots (Bengals, Raiders, Cardinals, Vikings...) didn't get him first. I really liked the fit with the Patriots (which is a good reason for not liking Vick actually going there). They have a quarterback just coming back off a major injury. They lost their sensational backup (I'm still not convinced on Cassel). Their highly-touted tailback has underperformed (perhaps because the offense is so overloaded in favor of passing, but that should open up the field for Mr. Maroney). Vick to the Eagles. I give it an 8. Good, but could have been better. For Mr. Vick, I give it a 10. A return to the NFL with guaranteed millions is a lot better than his future could have looked. For his sake, and, more importantly, for the sake of lots of dogs, I really hope he doesn't screw up this chance.
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