By Nathan Inniger
I am going to start this blog post off with a scenario.
Unfortunately college classes will be starting up again soon. Pretend that a professor in one my classes has mandated that I cannot read my textbook at all for the first five weeks of the semester. I am allowed to come to class and listen to the discussions, but I am not allowed to open the book or take notes about the class discussion.
Then at the beginning of the sixth week, the professor hands out a quiz with questions out of the book that everyone else should have been read in the first six weeks.
Do you think that I would do well on the quiz? Should the professor expect me to do just as well as all of the other students?
I hope your answers to both of these questions were “no”.
Similarly, I have no idea how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expects Michael Vick to be able to step in during the sixth week of the NFL season and play just as well as the other NFL quarterbacks.
Earlier in the week, Goodell reinstated Vick to the league, which allows him to join a team and play again on Sundays this fall.
Except, Vick will not be allowed to play until at least week six (maybe longer).
Goodell mentioned that the weeks Vick will not be allowed to play are not intended as a punishment, but rather as a chance for him to transition back to the NFL.
The only way to get used to being a NFL quarterback again is to play in games that matter.
Two preseason games and five weeks of practice will not prepare Vick for the speed and intensity of a regular season football game in the NFL.
Therefore, teams will be especially hesitant to sign Vick, because it will be very tough for him to step in during the middle of the season and lead a team to victories.
Not to mention, the team that signs him will have to deal with a public relations nightmare.
If Goodell really wants to give Vick to a chance to play in the upcoming season, he needs to allow NFL teams to play him from day one.
With the limits on Vick, I don’t think an NFL team will want to sign him this year.
As much as Goodell wants people to believe that this is a step to help Vick.
It seems like the main intent is to punish Vick a little more for his role in the dog-fighting ring.
He already served his two year jail sentence. In my opinion, that was enough punishment.
What do you think? Should Vick be allowed to play at the beginning of the season? Will teams pass on him, because of this five game ban?
Maybe the Browns can sign him to a league minimum contract and place him down in the endzone. He would sure help rile up the dog-pound.