Originally Posted by Joseph
I think Vick, while undeniably gifted athletically, is never going to be what is expected of him. Were I a coach looking to jump to the NFL, this is not a destination I would seek for my first stop.
Not unless he was given complete control of the roster to bring in a QB that fits the type of offense he wants to run.
It's an interesting quandry that McKay and the Falcons have -- on one hand, Micheal Vick is probably never going to reach the level of consistent play necessary for him to lead Atlanta to a championship. He's a lot like Kordell Stewart in that regard -- capable of looking fantastic for stretches at a time, but ultimately too up and down to be useful. Stewart, like Vick, almost rode a hot stretch to the Super Bowl, but didn't have what it took when he had to beat a superior defense in the playoffs.
On the other hand, Vick sells tickets (and lots of them) for the Falcons. He is the face of the franchise and a guy like Arthur Blank who makes a living on things like "brand awareness" would be hard pressed to give him his walking papers without something else coming in behind him.
If Petrino can jettison Vick, it might be a good spot for him to land. If he's stuck with Vick for his tenure in ATL, I don't expect him to be their coach for much longer than 3 years.