Think about it. Tampa's new GM has just drafted a hotshot quarterback out of Florida State with tremendous upside, but a good chance of busting because of off-field issues. As I've told you in some of my previous posts, young Jameis Winston is one good role model away from a clean slate and a shot at greatness. Lovie Smith, like it or not, is purely defensive in his approach to football, similarly to Rex Ryan. Mike Glennon is a great guy who plays great football, but he's just not the kind of veteran mentor Winston needs right now.
So who'd work?
Michael Vick is an all-time great. He's more on the level of Jeff George and Sonny Jurgensen (or, for our younger readers, Daunte Culpepper), but a HOF-er nonetheless. He's also famous for turning his life around, going from gambling and dog-fighting to founding charitable organizations and just becoming a real nice man. His arm is definitely not what it once was, but they don't need it. They need his heart and his experience to mentor Jameis Winston.
A match made in heaven, right? The NFL's face of turning lives around and second chances comes to help a young QB turn around his, while getting a very different kind of second chance himself.
Just one hangup. What about Glennon? Can the Bucs afford to have three star quarterbacks?
Well, it's not the trade deadline yet, is it? They can trade him to some team with an offensive line but not a good QB. I'm thinking San Diego.
Oh, STOP LAUGHING. Philip Rivers can only lead his team to victory when he thinks he can. It's a real red flag when a leader loses faith in his team. He'll retire in January 2016, after winning his team the first overall pick. Mike Glennon could step right into a starting role with the Chargers, or at least a reliable backup. The Bolts would be happy to trade an offensive lineman or two for Glennon.
So, there is my idea for Vick's new team. It's one of those scenarios where everybody wins.