When Michael Vick watches Robert Griffin III play, there’s a flicker of recognition.
“I’m a big RGIII fan,” Vick told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “He reminds me of what I do. I’m the originator of everything that’s transpired in the league with the style of quarterback. It makes it gratifying to me.”
Vick didn’t play a lick in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 27-20 loss Sunday to RGIII’s Washington Redskins; Griffin, while limited by a knee injury, played the entire game. Like Griffin, Vick was a No. 1 draft pick, going to the Atlanta Falcons as the prototype of the mobile quarterback in 2001. But let’s not let this get out of hand. As Bell points out, RGIII “is a more accurate, less mistake-prone passer than the strong-armed Vick has ever been, demonstrating how the double-threat has evolved.” And RGIII’s character has been beyond question.
Vick credited Mike Shanahan with properly using Griffin. “You can have a guy with all the talent in the world, but if you don’t know how to use it, what’s the point? So a lot of credit to Mike Shanahan, and a lot of credit to RGIII, staying true to his game.”
Vick may have been speaking wistfully. He is likely to be released by the Eagles after the season and he’d like to be used the way RGIII is, even if that sounds like wishful thinking at this point in a career that was marred by poor personal decisions.
“I wouldn’t mind,” he said. “That’s what I did in Atlanta, and I did a lot of it in 2010 here. But then the offense kind of changed a little bit. [Offensive line] Coach [Howard] Mudd got here, so I had to deal with what I was dealing with, trying to make the most of it.”