With the recent news surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles and their decision not to bring back Michael Vick for even a backup role for next season, football fans will be anxious to see where the quarterback lands this offseason. While it may be difficult to find a job, Vick has made it clear time and time again how he strongly believes he still has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL and apparently–Adrian Peterson believes Vick has what it takes to make the Minnesota Vikings a playoff team again.
@MikeVick would intently make the vikings a playoff team!
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 6, 2014
After reaching the playoffs as a Wild Card team during the 2012 season, the Vikings were one of the biggest disappointments from last year as they finished with a 5-10-1 record as the quarterback position was by far one of their biggest areas of struggle. Matt Cassel may have looked impressive at times towards the end of the season, but if there’s anything to take away from the 2013 season on Minnesota’s end–it would be selecting Christian Ponder in the first round back in 2011 as the potential “quarterback of the future” was a terrible mistake.
Obviously, Peterson should have a strong influence on the Vikings and the type of talent they bring in considering he’s arguably the best running back in the league and will most likely end up in the Hall of Fame down the road, but whether or not Vick is the short-term answer at quarterback is a different story. On top of only having a good year or two left in him, Vick hasn’t been able to shake off the “injury prone” label throughout his career.
Peterson may think Vick would make the Vikings playoff contenders in 2014, but come on–chances are he’s not the type of quarterback Minnesota should be focusing on this offseason.