Father Dungy, Michael Vick And The BucsFebruary 6th, 2014
The Mike Glennon Mob doesn’t want to hear it. They don’t want to be bothered by simple facts. It’s pretty clear the Bucs are not joking around with the prospect of bringing in free agent quarterback Michael Vick to Tampa Bay.
The Bucs thus far have, smartly, been guarded in their comments about Glennon, quick to praise him but reluctant to knight him as the Bucs starting quarterback this fall. Then comes the news this weekend that the Bucs are hot on the trail of the former Dixie Chicks and Eagles southpaw quarterback. This is all too plain to Joe that the Bucs are not wholly convinced Glennon is their guy. If they thought so, then there’s no need to go out and get a seasoned starter like Vick, right?
Uninhibited Alan Dell of the Bradenton Herald believes this is a smart play. Dell is of the mind not only should the Bucs bring in Vick to create competition for the starting quarterback gig, but the Bucs should also make a play for Johnny Football to really liven things up.
There has been some fear spread that obtaining Vick would be a sign of giving up on Glennon and damage his confidence. But if Glennon is too soft to fight for his job, he really doesn’t deserve it. A guy like Vick offers a lot in the way of experience and athleticism, and if he can stay healthy — which has been a problem — he would be an invaluable commodity.
Glennon had a free ride last year. He was heralded as Greg Schiano’s golden boy before he ever threw a pass.
If Vick comes to Tampa he will be able to confer daily with Tony Dungy, who took the quarterback under his wing after he got out of prison.
The Father Dungy angle is fresh but raises a couple of questions: First, Joe was unaware that the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area (or any other NFL city) was void of cell phone service. Vick couldn’t dial up Father Dungy for counsel after Eagles home games?
Second, when did NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell ordain Father Dungy as the NFL’s chaplain? Also, the way some talk, Vick would come to town because Father Dungy would be nearby to lay a kind hand on his shoulder and all would be well. If Father Dungy really did have these supernatural powers, how come he couldn’t mount a successful exorcism of Trent Dilfer?
Still, the Father Dungy angle is interesting. We all know that Father Dungy and Bucs coach Lovie Smith are tight. You just have to wonder if Father Dungy, who knows Vick as well as anyone given their personal ties, is greasing the wheels with Lovie to get Vick to Tampa Bay?