Michael Vick came into the league as the next best thing. People haven't seen this type of athlete that could throw the ball and also scramble like a running back since Randall Cunningham. That was 2001, now 13 years later Vick has become a wily vet that is at the end of his career. In that 13 year span Vick has been through a lot, not only off the field but on the field also.
At V-Tech, Vick was phenom. He was Johnny Manziel before Johnny Manziel. Offenses wasn't as wide open back then, so the numbers wouldn't show that, but Vick style of play was incomparable. Vick was a quarterback that could throw 60+ yards and had 4.3 speed. He was the first African American QB to be drafted #1 in the NFL Draft after the Falcons traded up to snag him. Vick had a great amount of hype coming into the league, with some of the best commercials in NFL history. Some would say Vick didn't live up to that hype because he did't bring a championship to Atlanta but performance wise, you can't deny what Vick did. He was the first QB to rush for 1,000 yards in 2006, also throwing for 2,300+ yards. That would be Vick last year with the Falcons.
The public perception of Vick has changed after he was charge with Dog fighting felony charges in 2007. The media played a big part of that viewpoint,, casting Vick as a monster, some going as far to say he should never play in the NFL again. Once Vick was released from prison in 2009, he needed the approval of Roger Goodelll to play for another team and also receive reinstatement. The Eagles took a chance on Vick but only as a backup for Donovan McNabb. After one year as McNabb backup, Vick would get another chance at being a starter, replacing Kevin Kolb. In 2010, Vick started 12 games for the Eagles, gaining 3,694 total yards and 30 TDs, finishing 2nd in the MVP Voting behind Tom Brady. Things were looking good for Vick until they tried to change his game.
For some reason, the Eagles was forcing Vick to stay in the pocket, which was the dumbest decision they made. Not only was it dumb to hinder Vick's abilities, but the Eagles offensive line was not good at all, in fact they were bad. Defenses took full advantage of Vick being a sitting rabbit, and on came the countless injuries. I find it amazing how the media claims that Vick style of play would never work in the NFL but GM's and Owners are looking for that Dual-threat QB. You look around the league and you will see option offenses with mobile QB's, Cam Newton in Carolina, Colin Kaepernick in San Fran, and Russell WIlson in Seattle, who just won a Super Bowl.
Now Vick will take his talents to the New York Jets and try to help groom and mold Geno Smith. It look like Vick will be the new starter but it's not solidified. Coach Rex Ryan has already said that the starting spot is wide open. Vick, as a 13 year vet, will be great for the growth of Geno Smith, who struggled in his first year. I still think Vick is a quality starter that lost his starting job because of injury. The only thing that stands in the way of Vick succeeding is his injury problems. In the past 3 years, Vick has only played 30 games, last full season coming in 2006. A healthy Vick is better than half of the QBs in the league and the Jets are definitely a better team with him under center.