Originally posted by eastie:
Originally posted by global_nomad:
""It's a dead issue. In terms of Michael Vick and the 49ers, it's not happening." - Mike Singletary 7/28/09
Why not? He's paid his dues to society, he's a good football player, and we can use another weapon on offense.
1. The team is located in the Bay Area which is full of animal rights activists. Combine that with the culture of protest that is embedded in the Bay Area. (and I am not saying that is bad). Sign Vick and you have instant and regular protests --and that is not good for business.
2. Singletary is about building the team--its cohesiveness and morale. The chances are that bringing in a wild card, and Vick is a wild card, would disrupt that team building.
3. We have two interesting battles on offensive side of the team. We need to figure out if either Hill or Smith are the QB of the future. We need to develop a back-up, and eventual replacement, for Mr. Gore. Adding Vick would muddle not clarify these battles.
The best thing going for Vick is the willingness of Tony Dungy to speak in favor of Vick. Dungy works as a prison minister, so he has the experience to sort of the bull, and cons are very good at bull. The second thing in Vick's favor is the willingness of the commissioner to let up start working his way back into the NFL.
If Vick can keep his nose clean, he has the chance to work in the NFL. It really is up to him--and he can not ask for more. The onus is on him. He has to convince a team, any team, that he is a good risk. None of the teams owe him anything. Vick has to earn what he gets. Vick has paid his debt to society, but at this point, he has not yet proven anything to any of the teams in the NFL.
[ Edited by buck on Jul 30, 2009 at 10:32:56 ]