I don't know why everyone is being so negative. Yes, this season was a huge disappointment. The Falcons had nothing going in the 2nd half, but don't pretend that the 2nd half team is the true Falcons.
In 2004, we were 5-2 against playoff teams, and one of those losses was vs. the Seahawks where we played our backups. Sure, we didn't get it done against good teams this year, but I don't think that is the true Falcons. We just didn't have it this year, for a variety of reasons.
Prior to the Packers game, Vick was 12-1 in close games (decided by 8 points or less) that he started and finished. Since that game, he is 0-3. Vick's clutch abilities shouldn't be in question. He's proven he can get it done when the game is on the line, the problem was that in his last 3 he didn't manage to do so.
We play "Mora Ball" which I think is a slight variation of Marty Ball, and Reeves to a large degree played this type of football: CONSERVATIVE. Run the ball well, get your points, and let the defense win the game in the end. That leaves little margin for error. When your defense played as poorly as ours did in '05, you're going to lose more than you should.
I'm not even contemplating trading Vick, especially not after things are starting to click for him when he had an outstanding November.
But I'll play your game. If we are trading Vick now, then yes I would believe the Raiders would give up a lot to get him. Put him and Moss on the same team, and you have something very special. I could also see the Texans, Lions, Dolphins, and Saints going after him hard as well. Maybe I'd throw the Ravens and Chiefs as other possible suitors.
But the truth is that if you are expecting more than 2 #1s for Vick, you're daydreaming. It would be hard enough to sell more than just one #1 with his huge contract. The best offer you could probably hope if we traded Vick now would be a #1 and #3 this year, or maybe a #1 this year and a #2 next year.
But realistically, with his contract in place, it's going to be a while until the Falcons trade Vick. I did an evaluation when he first inked it, and I recall saying that he was going to be on this team through 2008 before the team could be in a position to financially gain from getting rid of him.
And with that being the case, it would be hard to imagine who is in need for a dynamic QB like Vick 2 or 3 years down the road. But I believe, we're going to see the very best out of Michael Vick over that span.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.