As reported by NFLAM, the Houston Texans are one of the handful of teams that have shown interest in Michael Vick. While the Texans have been reported to have interest in several quarterbacks, this Michael Vick connection is somewhat surprising. Although the Texans have shown that they are not leaving any stone unturned, the one that Michael Vick is under is one that I thought would not be even considered. Vick, who had an overall successful gig as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback, has not exactly been the picture of perfect health. Since 2010, Vick has experienced a plethora of injuries that have sidelined him for considerable amounts of time. In regards to his play, from 2010-2012 Vick never finished with a negative passing turnover ratio. However, he also was not the prime example of ball security, fumbling the ball fifteen times over that span. Although Vick is truly lightning in a bottle, his turnover issues and durability are concerning for any team attempting to sign him as their starting quarterback.
It is especially questionable how exactly Vick would fit in Bill O’Brien’s offensive system. If O’Brien’s past teams are any indication of the system he will implement in Houston, O’Brien will rely on the short-passing game to quickly advance the ball down the field (like the New England Patriots). This requires his signal callers to be decisive and confident in the pocket. Since Vick is more of a get outside of the pocket and make plays on the run type quarterback, his style seemingly does not fit in with what O’Brien will run. Vick has constantly been trying to prove to the league that he can be a consistent pocket quarterback, but that is just not who he is as a player. Would Vick be exciting? Very much so. Would he be a guaranteed bet to play in more than eight plus games? Probably not. If the Texans are serious about signing a veteran quarterback to be a “bridge” for the franchise, then I would consider a much more durable and reliable quarterback to take hold of the reigns for the Texans while their rookie quarterback develops and adjusts to the NFL. With Matt Cassel now off the board, look for reports about the Texans possibly inquiring about Josh McCown or even Mark Sanchez.