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Should the Ravens Have Signed Vick?

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Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have swooped in and signed one of the league’s most electrifying players as well as one of the most controversial ones. It makes me wonder about what could have been, especially since reports are out that said GM Ozzie Newsome wanted Vick but John Harbaugh and Owner Steve Bisciotti were not on board. Harbaugh is the only one publicly at this point who has denied that report.

Should the Ravens have made a greater attempt to acquire Michael Vick?

I don’t think this is an easy question to answer, so let me try to examine every angle that I can think of.

Could Vick have helped the Ravens offense?

Yes he could. In what capacity I’m not sure though. Joe Flacco is entrenched as THE quarterback of now and in the future and Troy Smith is the backup who has a similar type game to Vick’s minus his blazing speed.

You’d think that Cam Cameron might be salivating at the chance to find a role for Vick on the offense, be it some odd “Wildcat”” hybrid or perhaps lined up as a receiver. Cameron is known for using all the parts he has at his disposal and Vick could have been an interesting one to see on the field.

What would the public relations fall out be from signing Vick?

You would have to expect a largely negative reaction at each site your team visited and your own fan base as well would have their say. But, honestly fans have short memories and if you can help the team win you can change jeers to cheers quite quickly.

Personally I found his behavior disgusting,and to treat animals in such a manner for his own profit makes me sick. However, he was charged, tried and convicted of his crimes. He served his time and can now join the workforce. He has every right to resume his career and make a living.

The Baltimore Ravens new PR campaign for this season is called “Play Like a Raven” it uses terms like good character, strength, humility, and pride as a part of its motto. Could they really expect to put Michael Vick in front of that billboard and have fans buy it?

Who knows? People love a good redemption story but then again the mob picks and chooses which stories they embrace and which ones they do not. Vick remains a hot topic while there is not nearly as much outrage about Donte Stallworth and his situation. If Vick weathers the storm this season, keeps his nose clean, remains apologetic and returns to old playing form the protests will cease and the hatred will fade into the background.

So I return back to my question, should Baltimore have signed Vick?

While I believe that Vick has the right to play in the NFL, I’d be lying if I didn’t say in some small way that I was happy he wasn’t coming here.

I get sick of the drama sometimes and what probably excites me most about this team is that the focus is on football. I’m not interested in writing and deciphering the fan reaction that such a circus would bring initially.

But I guess the other reason is a naive one. I love to feel proud about the men who wear my favorite team’s laundry and represent my city. I know that seems silly because you could scan the roster of every pro football team and find at least one player who has been arrested or beaten his wife or girlfriend or done something else that you could find morally questionable.

But yet we cheer them anyway and I include me in that we. If he can help us win on Sundays then why not? Well I’m sure I’ll have plenty of other chances to answer these morality questions in regards to football the longer I write about but for now I’ll just offer these words.

Good Luck Philadelphia.


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2 Responses to “Should the Ravens Have Signed Vick?”

  1. Don says:

    We already have a Vick on our team….Troy Smith

  2. Molly says:

    Ditto Don. We have Troy Smith and he’s been looking and feeling good.

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