A Plea For Michael Vick

March 4th, 2014

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The Bucs aren’t that far away. In fact, they’re loaded with talent. That’s the take today from former longtime Falcons offensive lineman and current NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes.

Dukes hosts a daily sports radio show in Atlanta and is a close follower of the NFC South. He’s scrutinized the Bucs and thinks Michael Vick is the answer to replace the Tampa Bay’s “quality backup,” Mike Glennon.

Speaking on WDAE-AM 620, Dukes acknowledged Vick isn’t durable, but says he can do so much more than Glennon and is an X-factor kind of player to challenge defenses and get the most out of the Bucs’ weapons.

Dukes is extremely high on the Bucs’ offensive line and its ability to pass protect. And he’s certain Lovie Smith can make the Bucs defense — as it is right now — a top-10 defense. (You can listen to Dukes’ full interview below.)

The interesting point Dukes brings up is the win-now status of the Bucs. Yes, the Bucs have holes and question marks, but just how far away are they? If you listen to Lovie Smith, he’ll tell you the Bucs’ talent base is what it is — that of a 4-12 team. But in the same breath Lovie will talk about the superstar already pieces in place and his extreme confidence in a quick turnaround to becoming “relevant” in January.

There is a load of talent on the Bucs. Joe surely doesn’t think rockstar general manager Mark Dominik left a bare cupboard, and there’s also a load of cash to go shopping next Tuesday.

Joe’s not clamoring for Vick. Joe would rather see Vick go to the Raiders or another quarterback-needy team drafting higher than the Bucs, in order to increase the odds of Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater landing in Tampa. But Joe could see the Bucs inking Vick immediately after the free agency bell rings. Vick represents a significant upgrade — at the most important position on the field.

26 Responses to “A Plea For Michael Vick”

  1. rayray1 Says:

    Actual stopped listing when J. Dukes proclaimed the Bucs O line as one the top 2 pr 3 O lines in the league. Gladly Lovie doesn’t agree. Defensively Bucs could be much improved with 1 or 2 key additions. Offensively there’s a lot more work to be done on the O line and the receiver position. Hope J. Tedford has a clue because history shows Lovie’s week spot is on the offensive side of the ball.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Dukes, being a former Falcon, I’m sure would have no problem wishing the Bucs the best.

  3. bigpoppabuc Says:

    Noooooo Vick!… And I could care less about the dog fighting stuff. He’s over the hill and still hasn’t learned how to be consistent. If they do sign him he better come dirt cheap with the idea of competition and not a guaranteed starting roll. No Vick…. Please!

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I would rather not have Vick. It grates my nerves when fans ask for him. He has nothing in the tank and I swear these fans are going by what he did in the distant past, instead of paying attention to the present.

    They would cripple the franchise with such carelessness.

  5. bucray1 Says:

    no,no,no to vick. has the recent history on vick shown you nothing. he WILL get hurt and he WILL cough up the ball. just because there are no better options than vick does not make him a good option. hell , a fireworks show is exciting , but I wouldn’t want it in my back pocket.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Sounds like somebodies tryna help their homeboy, grab his last contract.

  7. joseph mamma Says:

    Our offensive line was just flat out offensive this year. Part of that was due to injury but come on, they didn’t play up to their pay grade. I don’t think Dukes even watched any of our games. Both guard positions sucked and we had breakdowns at tackle on both sides.

  8. bucrightoff Says:

    We have one of the best offensive lines in the league? Maybe in like 2011 or 2012. Not anymore though. If we put a Vick or Manziel back there with this line, we’re sentencing them to IR.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m for just about anything that will help the Bucs win….but, somehow the thought of Vick in a Buc uniform doesn’t sit well with me.

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    He did make some valid points about Revis though.

  11. Nick H Says:

    I dont see the Raiders or team in similar spot signing Vick as a deterrent to drafting a QB, who better to mentor a mobile QB than a mobile QB who’s been through the grinder already

  12. Nick H Says:

    Oh and no Vick in Tampa, please.

  13. buchead407 Says:

    Not excited.about Vick, but I will gladly take him over mike.glennon, hands down. Even though both will probably start 8 games because Vick will.get hurt. I’m.with Joe…raiders browns jags…please pick.up.Vick… Then we get johnny or Bridgewater

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Philly have been begging for the Eagles to part ways with him for the last 2 or 3 yrs.
    Can’t read a defense, sack/turnover prone, always hurt. So why the interest?

  15. OAR Says:

    More like a “plea bargain” deal for dog killer Vick.

  16. OAR Says:

    Besides the disgusting aspect of him, he has never been a good passer and his body is old and oft injured. So, with ALL those things said I say, “HELL NO TO VICK!”

  17. 1976Buc Says:

    The O-Line is in the top 2 or 3 in the league? What has Duke been smoking?

  18. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    what an embarrassing interview. Just because you have a mic in your face, you should not try to act like you know everything. Just say I don’t know or I have not watched enough tape on the Bucs O-line.

  19. Eric Says:

    Prefer Glennon over Vick.

    The guy just got beat out by a tall lanky guy like Glennon. Brings very little to the table.

    Anybody but Vick, please.

  20. gt40bear Says:

    I would rather spend my last dime to buy a new Bucs jersey than accept the idea of signing Vick.

  21. biff barker Says:

    An upgrade for maybe four or five games.

    Draft Garapolo or Murray.

  22. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    With the combination of having Michael Vick on the roster and having him wear our new uniforms, many of you guys heads are literally going to explode.

  23. Kaput Says:

    If he gets signed to the roster, I’m out as a Buccaneers fan. Period. End of discussion.

    Not that they care, by the way.

  24. Kevin Says:

    If there was a realistic chance of him playing 16 games….then yes I would be excited about the idea of Vick coming to Tampa…..but the guy get’s hurt. Yeah he runs around and brings an electric feeling to the game, but that doesn’t help when he’s on the bench. I think the Bucs are betting on one of the top 3 or four QB’s in the draft being there at 7….which is a possibility. With the uniform changes and coaching change, as much as I think Glennon deserves a shot, I don’t think he’s gonna get it. Not in Tampa. It just feels like they’re gonna draft a rookie and cut him loose opening day which would at least bring some excitement to the stadium that hasn’t been there for a long time.

  25. Dougy balls Says:

    Sign Vick Then get jonny boy same players and when Vick gets hurt week 4 or 5 jonny can step in and pick up where he left off Tedford could keep same game plan

  26. Mr Lucky Says:

    Mick Vick in Tampa?

    I really doubt that happening but I’ve read wierder ideas than this…

    The Bucs really do need an experienced QB on the roster and frankly I’d rather see Curt Cousins than Vick