As Vick loses endorsement deals by the minute and as the league and the Falcons distance themselves further, let's take a moment to reflect on this situation and find out who is benefiting from Vick's career train wreck.
The list is short. But clear.
Coach Bobby Petrino.
Petrino has had a cool relationship with Vick from the moment he took over the helm.
And now, with Vick seemingly done, Petrino has himself a can't lose situation. If the team fails, Vick gets the blame. If the team does better than expected, then Petrino is a genius.
Let's face reality together here. Vick never was the QB that Petrino's offense needed. Petrino had wonderful offensive success at Louisville with an offense that featured an excellent mix of rushing and down field passing. While his QB's put up excellent numbers, the offense was not built around a 'franchise' type of athletic QB.
In the greater scheme of things, Petrino may now be in a better position than he was with the $130M square peg to his round hole'd offense.
So, is it any wonder that the Falcons and the NFL didn't stand up to the pressure of the indictment? Is it any wonder that they didn't allow the wheels of justice to run their course before deciding Vick's fate?
Certainly, the NFL, which in the past has allowed accused and convicted women beaters to dress on Sundays without so much as giving protesting women's advocacy groups the time of day, can't pretend to have been so intimidated by animal rights groups that this was strictly a public relations decision.
No, this was the Falcons decision.
A decision to opportunely cut losses and change directions.
We still don't know exactly what the outcome of the trial will be. Yes, the federal government has an almost perfect conviction record. There is no reasonable assumption that they would bring a case against Vick to federal court if they weren't nearly certain that they will convict him.
But still, as Americans, we owe each other the courtesy of waiting for the trial to conclude (let alone start) before our decisions are made.
There is no way around the fact that despite the indictment against Vick, he is a victim here.
The league, his team and his sponsors have all acted in such a way as to further the presumption of guilt that the media is so gleefully propagating.
To ensure that Bobby Petrino has the best chance to succeed with his offense.
The Falcons' playbook now supersedes civil rights.