So, this just happened. Ladies and gentlemen, your backup quarterback for the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh Steelers is ... Michael Vick!
I don't know what's worse- the fact that the Steelers signed this dog-abusing, alias-at-an-STD clinic-using ex-con who was perfectly happy sitting on the sidelines and collecting his paycheck last season, or that he was, by far, the best QB available in the free agent market. I mean, have you looked at some of these names? Tyler Thigpen? Jordan Palmer? I've never even heard of some of the names at the bottom of the list. I was half-expecting Shane "Footsteps" Falco to pop up on the list.
Business is business, I guess, and the move certainly makes sense from a footballing perspective. Vick is an experienced quarterback and is still a heck of an athlete. I guess it's poetic that he ended up in Pittsburgh considering the fact that he is the evolutionary Kordell Stewart.
Plus, he should finally put to bed all that talk about the so-called "Steeler Way." In the last few years alone, we've re-signed a guy who spent two years in prison for shooting himself in the leg in a NYC night club, drafted a guy who showed up to the Rookie Combine stoned, given a huge extension to a guy who celebrated his newfound riches by allegedly beating up someone at a nightclub because of his sexual orientation, welcomed back a retired legend who was once arrested for domestic assault and signed LeGarrette Blount, an all-around toxic player who was in the car with Le'Veon Bell when the latter was arrested for DWI (an arrest that caused Bell to be suspended for the first two games of the year).
Now, the Steelers have signed Vick - who holds the record for the longest suspension for a quarterback in the Roger Goodell Era. In fact, of the four QB's (five, if you count Tim Couch who was inactive when he was suspended and hasn't played since) who have been suspended under Goodell, the Steelers now have two of them. The Steeler Way, ladies and gentlemen!