The question “Who will play quarterback for the Vikings in 2014?” has been on a lot of people’s lips of late. There are several candidates. Matt Cassel. Christian Ponder. Johnny Manziel. Derek Carr. Blake Bortles.
But let’s not kid ourselves. You know who will wind up playing QB for the Vikings next year? Michael Vick.
It’s inevitable. Unavoidable. Just get used to the idea, cause it’s coming and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it.
This is how it will go down.
Matt Cassel will look at the remarkably thin list of free agent quarterbacks and realize he can score himself a nice deal. So he will opt out of his Vikings contract and hit the road.
The Vikings will miss out on the top four QBs in this year’s draft, despite a frantic effort to trade up and get one. Rather than settle for a second-tier QB like AJ McCarron, they’ll punt on the QB position for this year, hoping to land Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston next year.
Josh Freeman will be long gone by this time and good riddance.
The Vikes will look at the remaining available option on the roster, Christian Ponder, and say “Nooooooope.”
Desperate for a QB option who is not Christian Ponder, and hoping to placate the veterans on the team, they will turn to Michael Vick. Michael Vick who is revered by many young players in the league. Because Madden.
Of course Vick won’t sign with the Vikings or any other team unless he thinks he has a chance to start. That’s okay. Vick will still be on the street looking for a job once the draft has come and gone and the Vikings have realized they are up the creek. NFL GMs don’t play Madden.
Vick will be desperate to sign anywhere with an opening. The Vikes will point to Ponder and say, “It’s you or him.” Vick will like his chances.
Vick will get a one year deal. He will easily win the starting job.
He will get hurt a lot and Christian Ponder will end up starting a few games. The Vikings will finish 6-10 behind Mike Zimmer and his feisty defense. They will not have a high enough pick to draft Mariota or Winston.
Repeat the process in 2015 with Vick coming back again?
This is how it will go down. Deny it if you must. I say we’d all be better off just getting used to the idea. Then it won’t hurt so much.