|Michael Vick: That's Ruff.
||[Jul. 24th, 2007|04:30 pm]
Goodell won't allow Vick to participate in the Falcons training camp, which has everything to do with staying consistent with suspensions levied to Pac Man Jones and other players in trouble outside of the game.
I appreciate the commissioner's willingness to make professionals responsible for their actions on and off the field. At this point, Vick has not been shelved like Pac Man Jones because of the millions of dollars of income and collateral revenue that separate Michael Vick from Pac Man Jones. In other words, Goodell's walking carefully with Michael's treatment.
Joey Harrington may have one last chance to start in the NFL, should Goodell extend the ban into a suspension for the 2007 season. If Harrington competes with the others and becomes the first string, he will be judged more harshly than in previous stops.
Petrino's system is very similar to the spread Harrington learned at Oregon. Redman, one of the other back-up QBs, also knows this system through John L. Smith. Harrington's probably a better QB than Redman, if only because he tends to get up easier from the hits. However, Atlanta has yet another set of receivers with questionable quality. Despite this, Joe Horn's hands still appear to be solid, even if Horn's prime is in the rear-view. If Horn complains, that means something. On top of Horn and the familiarity of the system, Harrington also has a better line to block for him. Detroit's line was beyond horrible. Miami's line degraded into a mess at the same time Harrington arrived. Atlanta's line is not solid against blocking for the pass, but they are much better overall than Miami or Detroit for quality. There will be few excuses there, as well.
As for Michael, as reported everywhere, the conviction rate on indictments staggers at around 95 percent. The government could be pinching Vick to root out others, but it's probably not a good idea to indict a high-profile person unless one has enough evidence to convict, so I am pretty sure Vick's unwillingness would lead to plenty of money and time lost in the court.
With the recent pinching of Vick and former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, the inspiration begins for aspiring Dostoevskys.