Mackey: Michael Vick has an oddly similar resume to former Vikings QB
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Adrian Peterson got a little feisty on Twitter late Wednesday night, expressing his support for Michael Vick to perhaps be the Minnesota Vikings' next quarterback. Never mind the autocorrect mishap, or the 50% chance he was enjoying a cocktail or two, AP clearly likes the idea of Vick in purple.
My first reaction was that I'd rather see Matt Cassel back as a stopgap, because he wasn't awful last year, or maybe Matt Schaub, who is rumored to be a potential cap casualty in Houston sometime in the coming days. Sure, Schaub was a mess last year, but he was also one of the better regular season quarterbacks in the NFL from 2008 through 2012.
Vick turns 34 this summer, he rarely stays healthy for more than about four games in a row, and he lacks the accuracy of top starting quarterbacks. Vick's legs have taken him this far, and at age 34 it's tough to rely on that facet of one's game.
But considering it's likely there will be three quarterbacks drafted before the Vikings pick No. 8 overall, and considering there are no guarantees of landing Schaub or Cassel as short-term starters, I started looking deeper into Vick. After all, the free agent options after Schaub, Cassel and Vick are meager, at best, unless you buy into one random blip from Josh McCown.
Vick actually draws eerie comparisons to another former Eagles quarterback -- one who joined the Vikings at age 34.
QB 1 (avg. season, age 21-33): 56% comp... 12 TD... 8 INT... 1,954 yds... 80.9 rating... 532 rush yds
QB 2 (avg. season, age 22-33): 56% comp... 14 TD... 10 INT... 2,080 yds... 78.7 rating... 407 rush yds
Both QB 1 and QB 2 had exactly two playoff wins before age 34.
Both wound up out of football completely, for vastly different reasons, during their prime years age-wise.
Can you guess who is who?
QB 1 is Michael Vick.
QB 2 is Randall Cunningham.
How bizarre is that?
Now, Cunningham's passing numbers up until age 34 - the year he joined the Vikings and put up crazy numbers with Randy Moss - are probably more impressive because of the era he played in. Cunningham also threw more passes, and generally for more yardage. And a QB rating of 90 was near-elite in 1993. Several QBs post 90+ QB ratings in today's NFL. Still, the similarities are fun.
Again, I'm not sold on Vick, and we don't even know if the Vikings have any actual interest. But he still has a pretty big arm, and Norv Turner's offense is likely going to be predicated mostly on handing off to Peterson and throwing deep balls to Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings. Maybe pinpoint accuracy isn't a prerequisite.
As for the possible mentorship angle if the Vikings draft a young quarterback? All indications from Philadelphia are Vick was fantastic behind Nick Foles.
"I've been in this stage before, and I know what it's like," Vick told 94 WIP in November. "I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they're not doing the right thing or I feel like they're not doing the right thing. ...
"I trust what's going on, I enjoy being a part of it, I love the game of football in general. So it's important to me to be there in support and be ready if my name and number is called again."
Free agency opens on Tuesday.