Why The Arizona Cardnials Better Sign Michael Vick in 2013
It is no secret. The 2013 Arizona Cardinals had a horrific season. As I type this the team is 5-10, with only one win coming after the month of October. As a matter of fact, four out of the team’s five wins in the first four games.
The biggest problem for the team has been their anemic quarterbacking. Kevin Kolb was pegged to be the starter but he’s only played six games. The team won four of the six he played but how reliable will Kolb be down the line? The reason Philadelphia traded him was because he got injured and then backup Michael Vick replaced him.
Kolb’s injuries opened the door for Josh Skelton and his 54% completion rate to take over. After throwing two touchdowns to nine interceptions the team turned to Ryan Lindley who didn’t do any better (52%, 0 td, 7 ints).
This display begs the question: How much longer will the Quarterback struggle last in Arizona?
If I am the Cardinals management I am making a phone call to the Philadelphia Eagles and that is to acquire the services of one man: Michael Vick and here’s why.
Statistically he is an instant upgrade. Vick has a respectable 58.5% completion rate, 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on the 2012 season. For his career Vick has 122 passing touches to 91 interceptions.
What Vick brings more than anything is a big arm for Larry Fitzgerald, and the big play ability at quarterback. Vick’s 301 yards in 2012 would have made him a close second leading rusher to LaRod Stephens-Howling who only has 57 more yards.
Larry Fitzgerald’s four touchdowns this season are a career low. You don’t think he would be excited to see Vick?
At whatever cost, the Cardnials need to upgrade the quarterback position. Kolb cannot stay healthy and while Vick has his share of injuries he always comes back sooner rather than later. His rushing yards alone are enough of a boost to this offense to win several more games.
We all agree that there is no quarterback in the draft valuable enough to take at the top 15 pick Arizona will land. There are other trade options but Alex Smith and Mark Sanchez are more of the same. There is only one Michael Vick. There is only one Larry Fitzgerald. There are only so many chances you get to put a tandem like this together.