By Luis Tirado Jr. @LTJ81 on March 20, 2014
Later this week the New York Jets have scheduled a visit with quarterback Michael Vick. The top free agent passer is trying to find a new home since his time with the Philadelphia Eagles is over. If the Jets are serious about bringing in Vick to the team, it will have disaster written all over it!
These are five reasons why the Jets should stay far away from Vick.
Vick hasn't had a healthy season in years. He has over 13 years of NFL wear and tear on his body which isn't good. He was one of the best scrambling quarterbacks to ever hit the NFL, and he accepted that title by sacrificing his body. The Jets would be silly to assume he could immediately come in and actually last all season long if he were to become their starter.
The moment it's announced the Jets agree on a deal to bring Vick to the team, expect another quarterback controversy once training camps begin. The Jets need to stay away from this and just announce Geno Smith as their starter. They would be better off finding a veteran quarterback as his backup. Smith will progress much better if the Jets surrounded him with better offensive talent, not another quarterback to have him second guess his skills.
The Jets need to start making headlines about winning football games, not about a high profile veteran quarterback whose only goal is to start. What kind of morale boost will it have on Smith knowing Vick is coming for his starting job? The Jets should learn from their Tim Tebow debacle when they used the same mentality for Mark Sanchez. If the Jets bring Vick in, it'll bring unnecessary media coverage for all the wrong reasons.
Even though Vick served his time for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting operation, his past will always haunt him. They're plenty of animal lovers out there in the world who will make it their mission to attend practices, games and events making sure management knows they haven't forgotten. It's best the Jets stay away from Vick since this topic alone will spur some negative publicity.
Vick is clearly past his prime if you look at all the pros and cons. While he would be a mentor and help in the development of Smith, the bad outweighs the good. These aren't the days when Vick took the NFL by storm with his speed and unreal playmaking abilities. Vick will be turning 34 years old this year and his better football days are behind him.
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