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Former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick gets offensive coordinator gig in new pro football league

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NFL: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was one of the NFL’s most electrifying players during his heyday. The football IQ and uncanny athleticism were always there. Could he have spent a little more time watching film and studying the playbook? Absolutely, even Vick himself admits that now. But eleven years after he played his last snap in red and black, I still remember his tenure fondly. The Falcons are a radically different team now, but those were some fun years.

Vick hasn’t been on an NFL roster since 2015. And now that he’s endured two NFL seasons as nothing more than a fan, he’s eager to take the next step. That’s why he will be the first offensive coordinator for Atlanta’s Alliance of Football team.

The Alliance of American Football, the professional football league that is scheduled to debut next February, announced Wednesday morning that it will have a team in Atlanta that will play at Georgia State Stadium. ”I’ve always had a passion for teaching, a passion for coaching,” Vick said at a news conference on Wednesday morning in Atlanta. “When Brad called me about this opportunity, I felt like it was obviously something I couldn’t pass up.”

Vick is referring to Brad Childress, the former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. It remains to be seen whether the AAF will be remotely successful, but it will be neat to watch Vick in that role. He’s got a lot of knowledge to pass on, and it would be nice to see him find a niche in football now that his player career is over.

What do y’all think about Vick’s new gig?