Michael Vick's Potential Move to New York Jets Doomed to Fail

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVDecember 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I woke up this morning, sipped a cup of coffee and then spit it all over my computer when I read that there was genuine interest between Michael Vick and the New York Jets.

A move like this is just destined to fail. 

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Vick could be one of the first options that owner Woody Johnson looks at when he scans the league to find a replacement for the eyesore of a quarterback the Jets currently have in Mark Sanchez.

It just can't happen.

With absolutely no weapons on offense, incorporating a 32-year-old Vick into a unit that would need a couple of seasons to develop would be head-scratching, to say the least. 

This isn't a knock on Vick as much as it's a knock on how the pieces fit and how the Jets' sad excuse for an offense would run with Vick at the helm.

Michael Vick has proven to be capable of being an elite quarterback in this league. Less than a year after joining the Eagles as nothing more than a backup, he began tearing apart the NFL from the seams and staking his claim as the best player in the league.

But his descent came just as quickly as his ascent, as injuries, concussions and just getting battered and bruised from his violent style of play kept him out of countless games. And an Eagles team that some were hyping as a dynasty before the 2011 season fell apart when Vick was unable to play.

After watching Sanchez get pestered in the pocket all season, it's hard to imagine Vick staying healthy for more than a couple of games. Sure, he may score more touchdowns and scramble for some first downs that would otherwise be Sanchez INTs, but the impact would be very temporary. 

Plus, we're talking about a former dogfighter who draws one of the most polarizing perceptions in the league. Hasn't that been part of the Jets' quarterbacks' problems and something they want to avoid?

There's a handful of young NFL quarterbacks who are ready to take on the big stage and are waiting for the chance to. And with the way the Jets like to throw money around, they could land a franchise quarterback under the age of 25.

With Vick, the best-case scenario is that he stays healthy for a season and takes you to the playoffs. His shelf life won't last more than two or three seasons with the way he plays.

Why delay the inevitable? The Jets' passing game is going to have to be rebuilt, and it's best sooner rather than later.

The answer for that rebuilding project is not Michael Vick.