Wait....I thought Vick was being benched for Shaub this year....
Vick will never be anything more than what he is right now: a great athlete that happens to play quarterback. He has hit his ceiling and will never come close to approximating Steve Young, whom Atlanta hoped Vick would emulate.
The Falcons are paying Vick too much to bench him, but if they want to be anything more than a fringe playoff contender, that's what they should do. Schaub is a prototypical NFL quarterback. That is, a guy who will stand in the pocket, go through his progressions, and deliver the ball (read: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, etc.).
This is still the blueprint for success at the quarterback position on the NFL level. I'm not saying running ability doesn't give quarterbacks an added dimension and something for defensive coordinators to think about, but in Vick's case it has clearly been to the detriment of his development. An NFL quarterback needs only enough mobility to sidestep the rush and throw the ball. The good ones have an innate feel for the pass rush and can deliver without bailing from the pocket at the first sign of trouble.
Until Vick proves he can do that, I don't think I'd draft Roddy White (or Michael Jenkins). Maybe I'd take one at the end of a draft and sit him on my bench until Vick shows he can become a consistent NFL passer.
Last edited by Johnny U on Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:21 pm, edited 2 times in total.