Thursday, August 6, 2009

Green Bay Packers May Take a Lambeau Leap of Faith on Michael Vick

As most of the world remains curious of Michael Vick’s next possible destination, after he was conditionally reinstated by the NFL last month immediately before training camp opened, multiple teams have acknowledged they’ve pulled out of the biding crusade.

With a number of teams reluctant to have any affiliation with Vick, it seems as if finding a new locale will present complex negotiations. People haven’t forgotten the repugnant nature, which led to a 23-month federal sentence and the last two months on home confinement.

Some felt serving a prison sentence was a strict punishment and a strong message for committing a distasteful crime. In the past weeks, it was peculiar when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell allowed Vick a second chance.

As a result, he must have shown true remorse by serving time in the slammer, he must had articulated a sincere statement with a heartfelt demeanor and he must meant much to the league as a marketing crusade. Don’t ask.

Meanwhile, Vick has been granted liberty as a normal citizen. Thanks to a more generous boss, Vick has been permitted to redeem any tension and animosity.

It’s an opportunity to secure a battered legacy, and if he can lead an inferior team on glorious playoff runs or even an experienced team to the Super Bowl, there will be some die-hard fans embracing the best rushing quarterback of all time.

But until then, Vick is known as the heinous dog killer of all time, sadly brutalizing the creatures as an amusing activity that helmed rebellious infringements. It's hard to fantasize any team adding an infamous superstar who committed an outrageous scandal that initially makes us puke over the sicken infamy.

Maybe it is transparent to why Chicago, Dallas, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, St. Louis, Cleveland and even Oakland, a team desperately known for practically singing rebels, rebuffed interest. But they had sense enough to avoid the chaotic downside of interruptions from PETA protesters, heckling training camp, facilities and stadiums.

Any team willing to take on Vick will subject to the unnecessary drama and publicity that can attenuate intrepidity, however, there is one team that might be willing to take a venturous chance in grabbing the quarterback.

The Green Bay Packers are convince Vick can renew aspiration for committed Cheesehead fans, avid and devoted to opt Sunday afternoons to crowd the local sports bar or the nearest living room to commend the Packers.

The town is a complete ghost town, as the streets are empty, to which walking the streets you will probably be lucky to see a police car pass by patrolling and one vehicle crossing an intersection. When it’s football season in Green Bay, it is Packer season.

And soon enough Packer season might belong to more than just the Packers as an entire. This time around, the year doesn’t cater to Brett Favre, but accommodates to Vick, maybe?

As teams continue to avoid Vick’s utility and take repeated questions from reporters of his availability and possibly of him solidifying offensive schemes, Packers general manager Ted Thompson announced publicly the team is not ruling out signing Vick.

That is frightening mercy, interested in a fallen star. He was deprived of everything, and drastically had to live an unfamiliar lifestyle by sitting in a prison sell, isolated with inmates.

It was a drastic adjustment, having to file bankruptcy and take on a minimum wage job as a construction worker. This was somberly a new development of losing the richest deal in NFL history for his foolish mistake that cost him a life-long dream.

But now, the Packers are considering to rebuild a culture around Vick, shrouding an obscene past and cares about solidifying the offense.

Doing so, however, the Packers are fervent to win, rather than waiting in the future. A year ago, Thompson tried to settle a long-lasting saga with an un-retired Favre. But after a while, the Packers and fans were fatigued of the drama swirling around training camp, creating a ruckus.

When Favre announced he was anxious to return, the Packers had already sacrificed the starting job to an up-and-coming quarterback named Aaron Rodgers.

So, promising the starting position to a competitive youngster, logically insisting interest for a troubling player who notoriously brings unsubstantial baggage to a domain peaceful without having to succumb to offended protesters, will create harassment among an angelic coaching staff and players who never experience disruptions quite serve.

To take a coaching staff and players through much explosion seems a bit selfish, and unfair to Rodgers, particularly when he is trying to grasp a legitimate identity as a pro quarterback.

He earned loyalty a year ago as Favre’s successor, though he played with a significant shoulder injury in all 16 games last season. Entering last season, the Packers were insisting to start were they left off, only increasing a notch. They were aiming to repeat a triumphant return to the NFC Championship Game, moving in a new direction.

But an erratic season wasn’t consolation, losing four of the last five games in the regular season to finish with a 6-10 record.

One reason the Packers don’t have to invite Vick to play next fall is Rodgers. In his first full season as the starter, detouring flusters and doubts, it resulted in an exceptional season. After all, he wasn’t a disappointment or inferior to the Packers, giving him a chance to prove he’s a central piece to their future.

As a result, he mustered a 93.8 passer rating and threw for over 4,000 yards, displaying tremendous accuracy and arm strength. Similar to Favre, Rodgers is very mobile inside the pocket and buys enough time to heave passes. Just last year alone, he amassed 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

A hint to the Packers: Don’t give up on Rodgers, by replacing the promising star with Vick. Another reason the Packers don’t have to solicit Vick is for a limbo status. Since he hasn’t played in a few years, rust can create shaky and unreliable struggles.

Physically and mentally, Vick might not be ready for a challenging recovery in strengthen an offense and will gradually have to salvage his explosive form. Not a problem in the season- opener, as he’s expected to return by week six.

So either way, Rodgers will have more than enough time to preserve his role as the team leader who will take more Lambeau Leaps.

Figuratively, assuming the Packers are deeply attached to perpetrating the wildcat formation, an active scheme that’s parallel to Vick’s indomitable rushing abilities, sets up potential threats.

But in a way, the Packers can avoid severe perils by taking a minor risk. If they agree to a one-year deal, having him as a part of their rebuilding stage might not engage much concern. It is understandable the Packers can exercise Vick as a backup to have a second option if Rodgers suffers any type of injury.

With a pair of inexperience second-year quarterbacks, Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm as the alternatives, Vick is an average benefit, though I’ll never embrace him as a player. But none of this means the Packers will convert into Super Bowl favorites.

Having an explosive rusher, Ryan Grant and a speedy tandem of hard-driven wideouts, Greg Jennings and veteran Donald Driver, firmly formulates a playoff-bound team. But I’m not so sure they’re Super Bowl bound, just as I’m not so sure it’s worth taking a Lambeau Leap to coax Vick.

Blinded of the crimes, the Packers are the only team offering a second chance. And once again, poor Rodgers waits as his job can eventually be on the line. Must say, it’s how a goon perform, not how he lived his past.

If so, Vick wouldn’t have earned a second chance to prove that he has paid debts to society. No doubt the fans will accept Vick, only if he performs precisely and install jovial principles where traditional loyalty will have an impact on Vick’s future.

Only a Pack can make a Lambeau Leap.