Lamar Jackson does not want to hear slander about his stylistic predecessor.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback encountered a tweet this weekend asking if Michael Vick was a first-ballot Hall of Famer and replied simply by saying, “Thiz can’t be a real question.”
Thiz can’t be a real question https://t.co/h6JqsuyUgx
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 5, 2020
For Vick, who last played in 2015 and will be eligible for the Hall of Fame after next season, his case is a very interesting one. Detractors will point to Vick’s short-lived peak, mediocre accuracy as a passer, and lack of playoff success as reasons that he should not be in at all. But the electrifying dual-threat star was one of the most iconic quarterbacks of the 21st century and directly influenced waves of players like Jackson, who won NFL MVP this year.
Whether that is enough to get him in the Hall is up for debate, but it is clear where Jackson, who has a special bond with Vick, stands on the matter.
Michael Vick is on hand to see the man that many are calling his spiritual successor.
Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports tweeted a picture of Vick in attendance at the LA Memorial Coliseum ahead of Monday night’s game between Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Rams.
Michael Vick here to get a firsthand look at Lamar Jackson pic.twitter.com/qa0mz3Fgri
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 25, 2019
Jackson, who looks to be the frontrunner right now for NFL MVP, is flashing much of the dual-threat dominance that Vick was famous for during his prime. The former Heisman winner has thrown for 2,258 yards and 19 touchdowns and added another 781 yards and six touchdowns on the ground for the 8-2 Ravens this season.
Vick has been evoked as a comparison for Jackson by many top NFL minds, and now the 39-year-old will get to see what all the hype is about in person.
Lamar Jackson has drawn comparisons to Michael Vick going back to college. Wade Phillips certainly sees the comparison.
Phillips is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams and preparing his defense to face Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Ahead of the game, Phillips said that Jackson looks like the MVP so far this season. He called Jackson “this era’s Michael Vick” and suggested the quarterback is an even better version of Vick.
Wade Phillips on Lamar Jackson: "Lamar Jackson, everybody is saying and rightfully so, he’s certainly the MVP so far this year." As far as comparisons to Michael Vick? "Lamar, yeah this era’s Michael Vick, maybe plus. Michael Vick Plus." https://t.co/1Rmb9CFtFV
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 21, 2019
That’s some pretty high praise. Of course, it’s deserved.
Vick had blazing speed and great moves in the open field, and so does Jackson. For his career, Vick led the league in rushing yards per attempt five times and averaged 52.1 rushing yards per game with the Falcons (the first part of his career). Jackson is averaging 56.8 rushing yards per game. He’s also averaging 225.8 passing yards per game this season, which is more than Vick averaged during any season with Atlanta (Vick did not put up big passing yards until his time with the Eagles).
Based on the season he’s having so far, Jackson is looking like Michael Vick plus.
The Los Angeles Rams will be the next team to try to contain Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, but one of their key defenders is trying to get some extra information ahead of the game.
Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself with Michael Vick, asking in a caption what he’d do to stop “someone … kinda like yourself.”
Vick holds the record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, but Jackson is on pace to break it. Jackson is just over 200 yards away from crossing the 1,000 yard mark for the season, which he is sure to do barring injury or rest. In fact, nobody has held Jackson below 50 yards rushing since September, so the Rams are faced with quite the task.
If nothing else, this is a sign of just how much respect Jackson has from his peers. That’s especially something coming from Ramsey, who hasn’t exactly been one to easily praise opposing quarterbacks in the past.
Michael Vick recently shared an excellent story about his first dinner with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Vick was visiting with Master Tesfatsion for Master’s new “Untold Stories” series on Bleacher Report when he shared the story. The former Falcons quarterback talked about his first time going out to eat with Blank and how out of his element he was at the fancy steakhouse. Vick was so unfamiliar with a high-end dining experience that he ordered chicken fingers and fries just to be safe.
Untold Stories Episode 2 with Michael Vick@MichaelVick recalls his first dinner with Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
If you grew up in poverty, and felt perplexed the first time you went to a fancy restaurant, you’ll relate to this.pic.twitter.com/kHMyaKlRtL
— Master (@MasterTes) September 18, 2019
While some may laugh at Vick’s unsophisticated order at a fancy place, I don’t blame the guy. He went with something he knew and understood. And also what should not be overlooked is how considerate Vick was being. He didn’t want to order something too expensive in case the tab was on him; he wasn’t expecting the billionaire owner to pick it up. That’s a nice trait.
Vick says it didn’t take long for him to get used to those kinds of dining experiences. The former No. 1 overall pick probably got used to that life quickly — he earned over $50 million during his playing career. Impressively, Vick paid off all his debt in 2017 after filing for bankruptcy in 2008.
Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and that was true of Michael Vick’s situation with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football league.
Vick was announced last year as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta team. But the franchise had some major coaching shakeups last month as they approached their first season of play, which begins this weekend. First head coach Brad Childress was replaced by defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. Then there was a report saying Vick had quit as the team’s offensive coordinator. While the Legends disputed the report that Vick had quit, we know he has been removed.
Coyle said on Thursday that Vick is out as their offensive coordinator. According to Coyle, Vick has been busy with other commitments and has not been with the team full-time.
Michael Vick is out as Offensive Coordinator for new Atlanta Legends football team – will be active and consult and support team, but he’s not calling plays.
Head Coach Kevin Coyle pic.twitter.com/o3THFHLAIH
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) February 7, 2019
Atlanta opens up its season on Saturday at Orlando.
- Michael Vick
There is already some significant turnover within the coaching staff for the Atlanta Legends of the new Alliance of American Football League.
On Tuesday, former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress left his position as the head coach of the Legends. Football Scoop reported that a day later, offensive coordinator Mike Vick left the team. However, the Legends said that Vick remained with the team at their training camp.
Frank Kleha, dir. of team communications for the Atlanta Legends, disputes that Michael Vick has quit the team and says he's with the Legends at their training camp in San Antonio, Texas. So much for that. https://t.co/c0oQWO80wy
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) January 11, 2019
Vick’s status is something to watch. Keep in mind that this would be his first coaching job.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle replaced Childress as the team’s head coach. The AAF is set to begin play next month. They have a 10-game regular season schedule.