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Morning links: The return of Michael Vick

Post by Eric Williams on May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am with No Comments »
May 21, 2009 9:53 am

I’ll have a report from the Seahwks organized team activities later on today.

Turn on the TV to catch up on what you missed in the sports world this week and you can’t avoid seeing something on Michael Vick.

As most of you already know, Vick was released from a Kansas Federal prison and returned home to Virginia on Wednesday where he will serve out the remainder of his 23-month term. He’s scheduled to finish his sentence on July 20, and will likely pursue reinstatement in the NFL in an attempt to pay off his many creditors.

And so the debate begins here and many other places on whether or not the league should allow the convicted felon the opportunity to play in the NFL again.

Our own Dave Boling weighed in today, saying that Vick should be allowed to play, but that it won’t happen in Seattle.

The ties to Seattle are obvious. Vick was a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons during Jim Mora’s tenure there. Team president and general manager Tim Ruskell and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp also were in Atlanta during Vick’s time with the Falcons.

But with two, veteran quarterbacks in Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace Seattle does not have a need for a quarterback. Further, Ruskell’s emphasis on bringing guys in with character would seem to lessen the possibility of Vick coming to Seattle.

My two cents worth, Vick has served his time for the atrocious crime he committed and should be allowed to return and play if a team wants to take him on. And I believe Vick can still play quarterback in the league.

I know he’s had problems with accuracy and leadership may be a concern after the crime he committed, but if he goes to a good team like Pittsburgh or New England where he’s allowed to study and learn behind a quality quarterback and play a Wildcat role for that team, I think in two or three years he could help a team again. I’m not sure he’ll necessarily be a starting quarterback, but a guy with his skill set can certainly make a contribution to a team in this league.

For those who forgot about the jaw-dropping plays he’s capable of, take a look at this.

The guys from NFL Network talk about what Vick’s role will be in 2009 if he’s allowed to return.

Seattle remains a team ESPN’s John Clayton thinks might take a chance on Vick.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated also weighs in, with New Orleans and Oakland at the top of his list of places Vick could wind up.

KJR’s Hugh Millen also goes on record that he believes Vick should get a second chance to redeem himself in the league in this audio link.

Fox Sports’ panel of NFL experts debate where Vick will land.

Larry Hartstein and D. Orlando Ledbetter report on Vick’s arrival at home in Virginia early Thursday morning.

Lester Munson of details how Vick lost his fortune through a series of bad decisions.

In Seahawks news, Mike Sando of ranks the NFC West, with Arizona ranked seventh, San Francisco 19th, Seattle 20th and St. Louis 29th.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Hawks linebacker Aaron Curry made it into Vice President of the United States Joe Biden’s commencement address at Wake Forest’s graduation ceremony.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talks with KJR’s Ian Furness about the changes in this year’s defense, saying he expects safeties Deon Grant and Brian Russell to perform like they did in 2007 this season. Check out the audio link.

I was on with KJR’s Elise Woodward talking about offseason Hawks stuff in this audio link.

And HansenHawk in the comments section brought back this oldie but goodie from the 1985 Seattle Seahawks team. This video came out when I was in high school and I had tried to forget about this video clip. But for those younger Hawk fans who may not have seen it, here it is. And for those who do remember, just bear with us.

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