Michael Vick revealed Friday that he would, someday, like to get into coaching and that he’d like to do so in the NFL.
As a player, Vick was never the best student. He often relied on his own physical abilities rather than studying game film. As a backup late in his career during the 2014 season, he copped to being ill-prepared for being called into action at a moment’s notice.
These are the lessons young, impressionable minds should be learning.
As a unique talent for the better part of 15 seasons, Vick has a different viewpoint of the game. If he’s able to make a difference as a quarterbacks coach, here are three teams that could consider taking him aboard their staffs.
Remember, Joey Porter is an NFL assistant coach.
The Titans possess the next great dual-threat quarterback. In his Heisman Trophy-winning 2014 season at Oregon, Marcus Mariota tore up the college ranks with 42 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing scores.
In his two years as a pro, Mariota has been asked to be more of a pocket passer and rely on the rushing abilities of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Mariota’s escape ability remains an X-factor, however, and could be the trait that turns him – and the Titans – from good to great.
Mariota’s 2016 statline of 3,426 passing yards with 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions, with a completion percentage of 61.2, is already better than any one season Vick produced as a passer. Vick is, however, the greatest running quarterback to have played the game and he has six games of playoff experience on his resume.
Entering his third season at the age of 23, Mariota still has much to learn and Vick has 15 seasons under his belt.
The Bills’ Tyrod Taylor also possess a dual-threat skill set. Taylor’s ad-libbing got Buffalo out of many a sticky situation last season.
Entering 2017, the Bills are asking Taylor to cement his status as the team’s No. 1 quarterback. The 27-year-old has been productive over the last two years at the helm, completing more than 60 percent of his passes and throwing for more than 3,000 yards in both seasons. He also threw 17 and 20 touchdown passes against just six picks in both years.
As a Virginia native, Taylor grew up watching Vick and molded much of his game after him while also following in Vick’s footsteps to star at Virginia Tech seven years after he departed for the NFL.
The two have trained together in the past and Vick has acted as counsel to the younger quarterback.
“I just told him he had the talent to do anything that he wanted, but I told him his preparation was the most important,” Vick said of Taylor while he was in college.
Taylor could benefit from receiving that type of mentorship on the sidelines.
This is under the assumption the team signs free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which isn’t guaranteed.
If the Hawks do bring Kaepernick aboard to back up Russell Wilson, however, they would have two of the more elusive quarterbacks under one roof.
Wilson has a Super Bowl ring to his name and has already attained greater career accomplishments than Vick did during his playing time. Kaepernick could benefit from guidance from a quarterback who had to balance using his running capabilities with the duties of a pocket passer.
Vick also had to absorb differing crowd opinions after his role in a dogfighting ring came to light. Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem last season will likely garner a similar reaction.
If anyone knows how to produce on the field under such a spotlight, it’s Vick.
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