The other day, Michael Vick raised a few eyebrows with his remark about how his running style of quarterback play “revolutionized” the game of football, paving the way for today’s generation of dual-threat QBs.
“I was the guy who started it all,” Vick told ESPNNewYork.com. “I revolutionized the game. I changed the way it was played in the NFL.”
Hot takes immediately began streaming in, some agreeing with Vick, some calling attention to the way running QBs like Vick generally have failed to win despite their “revolutionary” talent.
Former NFL running back Alonzo Highsmith knows where he stands on the running QB vs. pocket QB debate. He’s pocket QB all the way. And to make his point, Alonzo has concocted a particularly appropriate analogy.
So basically what Alonzo is saying is that Michael Vick is like a dead dog? Yeah, that’s about right. I think you nailed that one right on the head Alonzo.
Once you get past the hilariousness of the simile, the point is taken. Vick may have been fun to watch but running quarterbacks have not taken over the league the way everyone predicted.
Russell Wilson won a Super Bowl but it wasn’t his running that got him there, it was his passing. Everyone pretty much agrees that guys like Wilson and Robert Griffin III have no chance to last if they don’t curtail the running and become true pocket passers.
Vick might have made more of himself if he’d learned to work from the pocket better and not left himself open to getting pounded. It would’ve also helped not to lose all those years in prison.