The last time the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs a decade ago it was on the legs of the little engine that could. An excitable dash and dart, scrambling magician of a quarterback who also coincidentally wore number seven. His name, Doug Flutie. So now when it comes to the question of Michael Vick, with the Bills essentially in the same spot they found themselves in prior to Flutie's arrival is, what have you got to lose?
They've already brought in the one man controversy show in TO, so why stop there? Granted TO has never done anything on the scale of what Vick was involved in but unlike TO has Vick ever really been a problem child on the field?
Now, team COO Russ Brandon has said the Bills have "no interest at this time." Said Brandon, "We're comfortable with our roster as it stands right now." Yet I wonder what happens when the patchwork O-line crumbles, Trent Edwards who was knocked out with a concussion last season gets smacked around again or when the Bills go up to New England for the Monday Night opener and possibly get crushed and TO starts making noise, then what?
Conversely it was Vick desperate for some receivers in Atlanta who advocated for the Falcons to bring in Terrell Owens some years back and it was Owens this time around sticking up for Vick.
While some could question Vick's ability as a polished passer, his speed could help that line immensely, while keeping defenses honest opening it up for the receiving corps. Just look at what the Miami Dolphins were able to do employing the "wild cat" offense last year and think of how innovative the Bills could get with Edwards and Vick. Not to mention having speedsters like Roscoe Parish, Freddie Jackson and Marshawn Lynch to mix it up in addition to deep threats in TO, Lee Evans and Josh Reed.
Granted Vick hasn't played since 2006, but if you weren't afraid of the attention TO would bring then why would you object to bringing in a guy once thought to be a franchise quarterback? Vick is a guy who we all knew could beat you with his feet, he would be armed with more than enough weapons to make Bills Backers blush at the passing game.
Much like Trent Edwards everyone thought Rob Johnson was the answer. I like Trent, I think he's a bright kid on and off the field with a good amount of potential. But much like Flutie in albeit different circumstances, Vick who would be entering his prime deserves another chance.
Besides if Vick signs with the Bills and is out the first four games, who wouldn't want to see him make his return against, you guessed it, the Dawg Pound.