By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
With the futures of both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow in doubt in New York, the Jets will have to make some serious changes to their quarteback depth chart in 2013 if they play on getting back to the playoffs.
A recent New York Daily News report revealed that Rex Ryan loves the idea of having Michael Vick be the Jets quarterback in 2013. At first glance, this may seem like a disaster waiting to happen given the year Vick’s Eagles have had, but there is plenty of upside to having a player like Vick on your team.
Given the production of their defense this year without Darrelle Revis in the lineup, the Jets don’t need a great offense to win games. All they need is a competent group that can put up about 20 points per game, which is hardly asking a lot out of an NFL offense.
Vick certainly has his issues as a passer, but he is capable of doing extraordinary things and making great plays with his arm and his legs. His struggles this year stem from a poor offensive line.
If Vick came to the Jets, he would be behind an offensive line that has protected rather well this season. Santonio Holmes will be back from his lisfranc injury, and Stephen Hill will have a full year of experience under his belt.
What is also overlooked is how mobile quarterbacks help the running game. Look at the production of LeSean McCoy and Alfred Morris, or even Chris Johnson’s improvement this year with a mobile Jake Locker. Vick will open things up for the ground and pound offense Rex Ryan is dead-set on running.
There is also the fact that Vick is a proven veteran that has plenty of respect among his NFL peers, which could not be said for Mark Sanchez. If the offense still struggles, there is less chance of a possible rift between the offensive and defensive side of the ball because the defense respects Vick’s experience and trusts that he has the maturity to rebound.
Yes, he has his own issues in terms of turnovers, but he is still not as bad as Mark Sanchez in that regard. A better offensive line should go a long way in making those mistakes disappear.
Of course, it is going to take plenty of magical cap maneuvering to fit Vick under the cap and rid the team of Mark Sanchez’s contract, but money aside, bringing in Michael Vick is a gamble worth taking.