Let me start by saying that I am in no way advocating the Rams getting Vick! I think it would border on ruining the franchise.
My point in writing this post is to compare Michael Vick to another mobile QB, Tim Tebow. I would actually like to see Tebow in the Blue & Gold. I'm not sure on his future in the league as a QB, but if we spent a 4th or 5th rounder on him I wouldn't mind.
Now for the stats:
Alright, let's examine the numbers. This may be a little difficult to do with 4yrs vs. 2yrs, but I'll give it a shot.(I'll get to the third set of stats in a minute.) What I don't want to get into is Vick's pro numbers. I want to examine what he did in college that made him seem worthy of the first overall pick. He had a high yds/cmp, 20.4 his first year & 20 his second. He had a nice yds/carry, 5.2 his first year & 5.6 his second. Now let's keep in mind that his pass attempt number is low & not that much higher than his carries count. His completion % was never over 59%.
Now let's look at Tebow. He has a lower yds/completion & yds/carry than Vick. His completion % never dropped below 64.4%. He had a lower INT count than Vick and had nearly double the attempts. Before anybody tries to say that his numbers are inflated by playing weaker teams consider the following:
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Passing||Rushing|
|11/28||Florida State||W 37-10||17||21||221||81.0||10.52||39||3||0||2||150.1||15||90||6.0||47||2|
|SGR BWL||Cincinnati||W 51-24||31||35||482||88.6||13.77||80||3||0||2||147.3||14||51||3.6||17||
I highlighted these games since they are against top tier teams. Of course he had bad games along the way, but this shows what can do against notable teams. When he has to use his arm he can.
Now look at the third set of numbers & compare them to Tebow. Compare the TD numbers, very similar, same thing for %. Tebow is behind on yardage though. So to whom am I comparing Tebow's numbers? Peyton Manning during his tenure at Tennessee.
I am NOT say Tebow is Peyton. What I'm getting at is if you are one of those hoping that the Rams get Vick, then I would think that it would make sense for you to hope we get Tebow. He has shown that he can use his arm & feet, arm definitely better than Vick. He excels with short to mid-range throws, like a West Coast offense. He works well with fast slot receivers, i.e. Avery. He would be more than capable of sharing SJax's workload, thereby eliminating the need for a backup RB.
What we would get with Vick that we wouldn't with Tebow is a player who has no problem flipping off his own fans. We would get an Academic All-American, high motor, high character, team-first guy with Tebow.
So let me open up the lines to TST Nation. If you had to pick one of the two to be the face of our franchise who would you take?