Ary Last Online 3 days ago. Guide Index. What is this guide for? What does it tell you? Hardcore Mode Achievements. Achievements by Main Quest automatic. Main Quests: Achievement Overview and Guidance. Garden Locations and Herbs in them. Last Words Note: Due to the Guide clustering up, i decided to make it into a pure Achievement Guide. There are some things you should keep in mind when you play and want to do all Achievements or most of the Quests: Some Quests are timed, you need to complete them in a couple of days after you got them.
If you take on a quest you dont have time for yet or do something you regret, you can just reload and keep it in mind Some quests need to be completed during one sitting, cause the ai is heavily scripted and bugged out most of the time when you load or do stuff in the wrong oder. You'll get hints for them in this Guide and should make a hard save beforehand. There should always be bandits ambushing you maybe not so many if you run around in heavy, polished armor though!
I noticed a lot of people have Agility as their last stat thats not maxed, to level this do more archery archery tournaments, killing enemies with bow or go hunting to level this stat and reach level 20 ; Some special advice:. Warhorse Studio is eager to patch bugs and help with quests and requirements that were to harsh.
If you have some new information or an updated solution on any achievement or a solution here doesnt work anymore, please leave a comment down below or in the disscussion threat! There are a total of 49 Achievements Find out who your real father is. Save Lord Capon from the Cumans. Save Theresa from the Cumans. Conquer the enemy camp in Vranik. Save Ginger from the bandits. Betray your friends in the Gallows Brothers quest. Become the Talmberg Huntsman. Don't kill anyone during main quest line except Runt. Heal all the sick in Merhojed.
Get drunk with Father Godwin. Sabotage all three executions. Complete all Optional Objectives in Siege quest. Stay celibate and complete the entire game as a virgin. As you can see in the following official Picture there will be a lot of content added: For these DLC some newly Achievements have been added into Steam already, mainly for for Hardcore mode and From the Ashes! For now i'll have to leave this space open, but with time and more information help for these Achievements will be added here.
First off: There is no permanent death but there are no auto saves when you start or finish a quest. Oh yeah, and you have no HUD to speak of. Last but utterly important: some negative perks can be countered to some degree via positive ones. If you did follow my recommendation - build Beehives and you are either even or make some Groschen a day - so with the worry over bankruptcy out of the way If not or if you just wanna finish up for the "Bailiff" Achievement, just read on!
With those out of the way, lets dive into the things that actually make you loose money Congratz, dear player, you get awarded with the "Bailiff" Achievement for your troubles by Divish! To get 1 piece you need to win the tournament can be re-tried any number of time until you get the full set, but you have to wait until the next tournament. About Tournaments:. Meaning, you cant get all Achievements in one go theoretically! These are:. If you dont want to do the revenant quest, just buy the recipe for 2k, learn it and brew it!
Either way, if you have the potion from charlatan or brewed yourself continue with the next step:. The Butcher has speech skill of 6, you need to pick the speech option everytime!
If the butcher says your a madman and he will not waste his time with you, you should have gotten the Achievement! Even though true love doesnt seem to be Capons thing, a true friend is what he found in you! And you got a new achievement to proof it :. Go back to Ledetschko. This is a good point to make a save in case you get caught somewhere! Nonetheless, heres a complete walkthrough! On Patrol your Band comes around a raided Farm. At the location, look for blood.
If you are unsure where to start, talk to Stephan Fletchling. Behind the Field east where Fletchling stands, theres a Shack by the forest edge and a garden in the forest itself. If you get to the path, look on your right side. Once you saw the Raiders, the Achievement "Tracker" should pop. You can get the others or fight them alone. On Patrol your Band comes around a Mill unter attack. Use the Speech-Skill option. Jan Bearman tells you The Stone wants to talk to you.
Listen to whats beeing said around you. You can finish the whole Ring-Questline now or at anytime when you are at camp. If you proceed further, the warning above this Table applies further until you finish the Quest or reach the conclusion of the DLC. Your Band heared of some foreigners staying at Sasau, but it seems the enemy was prepared. If you havent finished the Ring-Questline, the warning above this table still applies. Go to the Glade Inn and talk to the Keeper about Jackey to get a marker then go to the Forrest south of it.
Find Jackey. If you want both achievements, dont be easy on him. Refuse to give him what he wants and let him think about his situation for a day. Afterwards talk to him again and have mercy with the guy. Say "You don't want to talk? Return to him and when he told you everything, let him go free for Achievement "Pinky Promise". You Band has found Hagen Zhoul and will bring justice to him. When Kuno thinks about Hagens Offer, use the Speech option Sir Kuno has only 5 Speech to convince him to fight for you, rather than paying him off.
Next, Stephan Fletchling wants you to steal the Ring from the Stone for him. This time its Jan Bearman that wants the Ring from Fletchling. But the current Ring-holder hid his precious away! The Brother of the current Ring-holder wants you to either bring him a sleep potion or tthe ring itself. Your choice. And finally: Sir Kuno has enough of it all! He asks you to get the Ring back to him, bad enough that Petr hid it away too!
Big thank you to Teun for gifting me the DLC so i can complete this guide! You should get the following Achievements during the main quests these are not missable: these are in order of obtention! There are some Achievements that are not just given to you. For these you need to take a special path in the main quest, meet optional objective or choose a dialogue option:.
You will be tasked to give everything up and need to get it back later! Started the other scab game for the 49ers. Combined with the two games by Stevens, Bill Walsh's team went with replacement players.
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More than anything, it proved Bill Walsh is the goddamn best. Robinson, a one-game replacement for the "Scabskins" during the player strike, was the loose basis for The Replacements though his role was played by Keanu Reeves. He had been a star at Tennessee, landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated his senior season after Tennessee beat Bo Jackson's top-ranked Auburn team. And in the final game of the replacements' run, he and the Washington team really did beat a Cowboys team that featured several star players who had crossed the picket line.
Robinson built up quite a criminal record before and after his NFL stint—he actually played on the '87 team while on work release—but he's turned things around since. In , Washington State teammates Ricky Turner a senior and Mark Rypien a sophomore engaged in an exceedingly polite quarterback battle, with Turner winning out over the local boy. This is notable for our purposes because Rypien would go on to have another exceedingly polite quarterback battle with another guy on this list, Doug Williams. It was sweet. In , the Colts, in search of a wishbone specialist, hauled Turner out of semi-retirement to add a midseason wrinkle to coach Ron Meyer's offense.
Turner hadn't played a down since , his only season in the Canadian Football League. In four games that season, his only season in the NFL, Turner ran 16 times and attempted only four passes. Against the Dolphins, he scored twice—both times on one-yard runs—a feat that wouldn't be accomplished by a Colts quarterback until Andrew Luck did it in But he insisted on staying at quarterback despite the contention by some scouts that he was too small and didn't. McPherson, possessed of 4. In two seasons with the Eagles, he suited up for only three regular-season games and never played a down.
In , he was traded to the Oilers for a draft pick the following year. Philly coach Buddy Ryan liked the deal. He just didn't want to be an Eagle. He's got a lot of class. Rodney Peete's career was respectable if undistinguished, and there is some slight significance in the fact that he replaced Randall Cunningham, a very different kind of black quarterback, in Philly.
He lasted 15 years, most of the time as a backup since his starting prospects were continually hampered by injury. Taylor passed for 2, yards and rushed for 2, more in Tom Osborne's offense at Nebraska. He has great speed, and he's a great athlete. The Chargers drafted him in hopes that he'd switch to defensive back.
He did not, and went to the CFL. In , working out of the Houston Cougars' run-and-shoot offense, Andre Ware threw for 4, yards and 46 touchdowns, and became the first black quarterback to win the Heisman. His pro career was entirely forgettable. For two seasons in the mids, the Grambling product played for an arena football team called the Miami Hooters—yes, in a partnership with that Hooters. The reporter explained there were only 12 rounds in the draft. Eighteen quarterbacks were taken ahead of him that year, and Harris, who'd come out after his junior year, was blunt about why.
I think I'm a different type of quarterback. If they let me in the league, it would change the whole league. The NFL doesn't change. It's just something they're not ready for. The owners all have their own teams. They pay their players money and can do what they want. It would be stupid to say it's unfair. Harris drifted around the CFL and various arena football leagues for a bit.
In , he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. His NFL stint was less interesting. Slack was drafted by the Oilers and saw no playing time in three seasons with Houston. He wound down his football career in the CFL in , bouncing around various teams for almost 10 years.
When John Elway was hurt, Moore played three games but never threw a touchdown pass. Later worked as a scout for the XFL. He was a mobile quarterback who wasn't a great runner and a big-armed QB who wasn't a great passer. He kind of sucked, but only kind of, and his slinging style could be a lot of fun to watch, particularly for beaten-down Bengals fans in the mids. His first career start came withCincinnati in , against Dallas. He threw for yards and two touchdowns that day, and the Cowboys just eked out a victory, Like it was scripted, almost like a movie.
There was a lot of pressure on me from the black community to succeed. Blowing a draft pick?? His throws are mostly lasers, but they can float softer than a summer breeze when necessary. His release is instant, too, and whether he is sprinting left, right or not at all with his muscular 6-foot-2, pound body, his passes rarely travel more than centimeters from his receivers' fingers.
He was a monster, and not just at quarterback. He played both sides of the ball during football season, and snagged a state-record 15 interceptions his junior year. But they wanted the agile ball-hawk nabbing those interceptions, not the gunslinger with enough brains to avoid throwing them. So instead of competing for national championships at any of those prestigious schools, McNair stayed close to home at tiny Division I-AA Alcorn State. As a neighborhood man told Sports Illustrated , "The key is that McNair wanted to play quarterback, and to do that around here, a black kid has to go to a black school.
This happened all over the recruiting circuit. Big-time programs would recruit black high school quarterbacks, but only if they committed to a position switch. That's why it's hard to blame the paucity of black professional quarterbacks throughout history solely on the NFL. The winnowing begins in high school, and maybe even earlier. Old biases get baked into the system. The stereotypes settle and reinforce themselves. How many potentially great black quarterbacks were turned into running backs or safeties before they even hit college?
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Anquan Boldin, a high school quarterback, was Florida's Mr. Football in How many black players with arms like his were turned into wide receivers before they had a chance to develop as quarterbacks? Notre Dame didn't start its first black quarterback—Cliff Brown—until The next one was Tony Rice in Donnie Little at Texas didn't break that color line until At Alabama it was Walter Lewis in The only schools giving black quarterbacks a legitimate shot were schools running the option offense—or historically black colleges.
In total, 20 of the men on this list played their college ball at HBCUs. The heyday was between and , a span that saw nine of the 20 enter the NFL, which makes sense given the limited opportunities available to black quarterbacks at that time. As the quintessential black quarterback, he boasted all of the traits common to the group.
McNair exhibited mobility as a matter of both geometry and velocity; he could unalterably change pass rushers' angles by jolting two steps sideways in the pocket, and once free he could blur past those defensive backs whose ranks he was so determined not to join. He had all those intangibles that so many black quarterbacks before him were said to have lacked.
He checked off every box. Some called him the best black quarterback prospect of them all. The league agreed, and when he was selected third overall in by the Titans, it was the highest pick ever used to select a black quarterback. A lot of individuals are responsible for the acceptance of black quarterbacks in the NFL, but HBCUs offered structural means of development and advancement.
Manuel getting the opportunity to quarterback two of the most storied college programs in the country. Of course, this came at a cost. The black quarterback stigma was bad for football in general, but very good for the HBCUs. Today, the stigma is fading, and as a result the talent pool available to small schools like Alcorn State and Grambling State is thinning. But even he was an Arkansas Razorback before becoming a Hornet.
McNair set a lot of records in his illustrious career. The longest lasting of his distinctions will almost certainly be as the last HBCU quarterback taken in the first round. This carries the same sort of conflicted emotions stirred up by the Negro leagues. There's something bittersweet about the demise of the HBCU quarterback, even if it represents significant progress.
McNair died on July 4, , shot by his year-old mistress, who then turned the gun on herself. He has arm strength and good athletic ability. He's a guy who can throw the ball downfield. We think he really has a chance in this league. As a fifth-year senior in , Colquitt was all set to take the reins as Tennessee's starting quarterback, ahead of the likes of a freshman Peyton Manning and the two-sport star Todd Helton. He tore his ACL on the seventh play from scrimmage in the first game of the season. Despite the injury, he was drafted by the Panthers, but he didn't make the final roster.
From the time capsule, circa :. For a few seconds each Sunday, he runs past the moving vans, cuts through the courtrooms, shakes off the temporary injunctions and steamrollers Art Modell on his way into the end zone. In an otherwise dark NFL season, number 10 in black and gold is a small flicker of fireworks. Slash was a phenomenon in '95, enough that even Peter King found himself adjusting his khakis a little. It seems funny now, in hindsight, that Kordell Stewart could enrapture an entire league—he got a Nike commercial , for god's sake—by being OK at a bunch of things.
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But he was fun, however ridiculous the oversell. Pittsburgh lost in the Super Bowl in Stewart's rookie season, and he was the starting quarterback by , when he continued that great Steelers tradition of losing an AFC championship game at home. By , Pittsburgh was looking for its next quarterback in the draft, though he held on for another few years, including a surprise season in and another home loss in the AFC title game.
A pretty good rule of thumb is that exciting players, in any sport, have the online highlight reels they deserve. Kordell's top three consist of, in order: a video of still photos of Slash doing things; an yard touchdown run during which, as he is breaking away from a pack of Panthers, his own receiver catches up to him—quickly, easily—before throwing a block and fading away; and an NFL. Overrated, oversold, gay-baited at every turn, Stewart now hangs out on the fringes of the reality-TV multiverse.
What he didn't anticipate was that we'd be with Trent [Dilfer], and Trent not doing a whole lot different than he did. The best measure of any organization's progress on race is how it treats the middling talents, the placeholders For much more on this, see the Charlie Batch entry below. Banks is little remembered now, except for his famously weak grip on the ball 36 fumbles in his first two seasons , but he was perhaps the first plainly inferior black quarterback to be granted the privileges of tenure.
We tend to look at social justice as a series of heroic steps taken by great men as they impose their will on a broken status quo and lead us closer to Canaan. That's the Jackie Robinson part of the story. But the story needs its Tony Bankses, too, the ones who didn't have to prove themselves, the ones who could suck entirely on their own terms. Turned in the worst performance for a Dolphins quarterback with six turnovers—four picks and two fumbles lost—in one game, completing more passes to Bills corner Nate Clements than to any of his own receivers.
Treatment for his many injuries led to a brutal painkiller addiction that he says he's conquered. Wally's total stats after three NFL seasons: one completion in two attempts for one passing yard. And a fumble. Bar none. Chris Rock has this joke about the neighborhood in New Jersey he moved to after he got rich. Only three other blacks lived there: Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, and Eddie Murphy.
The white guy who lived next to Rock? A dentist. I had to make miracles happen to get that house. I had to host the Oscars to get that house. Batch entered the league in as a mediocre, boring quarterback, and he retired in as a mediocre, boring quarterback. He left the league as cult hero despite not being a team's first option as QB since , when he went with the Detroit Lions, who would finish that season Batch was bland off the field, and somehow even less charismatic with a ball in his hands.
He couldn't really throw, and he couldn't really run. With career totals of 61 touchdown passes and 52 interceptions, he wasn't good enough to win games on his own, but he wasn't going to lose any by himself, either. Charlie Batch simply was. More than anything, Charlie Batch endured. There's a beauty and an importance about Batch's career. He became a millionaire by holding clipboards, by slapping asses, by being attentive. He became a millionaire by being anonymous, by practicing worse than Ben Roethlisberger, but listening better than the third-string guys.
Batch didn't really do anything. He was middle of the road. He was average.
Batch wasn't the first mediocre black quarterback to get a chance in the league: Tony Banks, Jeff Blake, Rodney Peete, and Vince Evans all got their reps. Hell, Doug Williams wasn't that good. They were superstars who from birth were just given more than the rest of us—blindingly fast feet, an abnormally strong arm, a quick release, the brains to make good decisions on the fly, or some combination of the four—or they were scrubs.
Over the history of the NFL, many blacks made teams on the third string, suited up yet multiple onfield disasters away from seeing a meaningful snap in a game. They were insurance policies, seen as bargains because of a large difference in pay between black and white players. They'd eat up a few years of roster space, and then disappear into the ether. The thing about Batch is that he never disappeared. He stuck. He never flew, but he never had to. Donovan McNabb's legacy exists as the negative space surrounding the actual pieces of his career.
He was booed on draft day for not being Ricky Williams. He's the guy who couldn't run a competent hurry-up offense in the Super Bowl, or really, anywhere, and the guy who didn't win those five NFC championships. He was also the guy who couldn't hold onto his lunch in said Super Bowl. He was the quarterback who could run, but never seemed very interested in it, and the one who could pass, but never quite as well without T. Donovan McNabb was the guy Philly homers couldn't stop making excuses for, only the opposite. If that's all that filters through, fine; McNabb led a frustrating career peppered with a lot of disappointing results—many crammed into back-to-back-to-back-to-back years.
But don't lose the forest for the NFC title losses. For his career, McNabb connected on 60 percent of his passes for over 37, yards. And for all the bitching out Pennsylvania and south Jersey did, there were some good times in there, too. In the divisional round, McNabb found Freddie Mitchell on fourth-and This, of course, inflicted Freddie Mitchell on the rest of the country, but it remains one of the most incredible plays of the past decade. Down three and with left, backed up to his own 25, McNabb stood in the pocket and held the ball, and kept holding it—in that way that quarterbacks only do when they're desperate, and about to get strip sacked to end a game—then, finally, locked on and fired a laser downfield to Mitchell, keeping the drive alive.
The Eagles tied the game and won in overtime thanks to a ridiculous Brett Favre interception. That fourth-and was a textbook eight-step drop and a rifle down field. If Tom Emanski made a football training video, little kids would be mimicking this play as they threw into garbage cans, only it wasn't a drill; it came at the most crucial time of the most crucial game in that season, and it sent the Eagles to their third straight NFC championship game. They lost.
But the following year was the most successful of McNabb's career and Andy Reid-era Philly's , when he had a legitimate threat in Terrell Owens. The Eagles leaped into "Banned in Madden '04 " territory that year, and with an assist from the newly buttoned-up pass-interference rules, McNabb and co. The Eagles played it close, until McNabb and Reid got caught in a familiar tailspin of late-game offense, mismanaging the final six minutes when the game was within reach.
It was quintessential Eagles, making a competitive Super Bowl somehow just as frustrating for their fans as a season. McNabb, Reid, the Eagles of that era—they all were the same. They were good enough to make you hate them for how bad they were. McNabb was eventually run out of Philadelphia in the last years of Reid's Eagles, and played out his remaining seasons for the Redskins and Vikings.
If you remember Akili Smith's name, it's probably for one reason and one reason alone: Smith is one of the biggest draft busts, and one of the worst quarterbacks, in the history of the NFL. He was worth it, they thought. He was not. The Bengals didn't know that at the time, though.
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They and their fans hoped that Akili would end a nine-year playoff drought stretching back to the Esiason era. Instead, Smith washed out of the league in spectacular fashion in four years. He threw a pathetic five touchdowns against 13 interceptions and put the ball on the ground 19 times. He had a habit of holding the ball in the pocket, which would be bad enough with his porous offensive line, but was a disaster when coupled with the fact that he wasn't good at looking off his receivers.
In the four seasons he was on the team, the Bengals won only 16 games and never came close to a. Cincy wouldn't make the playoffs again until You can't blame Smith for being so wildly overrated; it's no great sin to be a terrible player. The question is what the complete fuck the Bengals saw in him. There were sure things all up and down the board. The Bengals could have picked almost anyone , at random, and come out better.
So how did they end up with Darko Milicic in pads? At 6-foot-3, pounds, having run a 4. After two years at junior college, he had transferred to Oregon, where he didn't start until his senior year and where he threw for 32 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. But he wasn't the product of some gimmick college offense—or at least he didn't seem like one. He had a blur release and could hit receivers anywhere downfield. He was a player to build a dream on. You can see the arm strength. You can see he doesn't have to wind up.
He can make a throw that only a great athlete can make. The draft was special because it was a banner year for black quarterbacks. Of the 13 taken, eight were African-American. Smith might have been more of a project than the others since he'd had only one full season under his belt. But head coach Bruce Coslet, despite never having had a winning season as a head coach, held a reputation around the league as a sort of QB whisperer.
He coached [Jeff] Blake when he made the Pro Bowl in So how'd everyone get Akili so wrong? One theory: It's less true now, though the tendency lingers, but at the time there was a certain exoticism attached to black QBs, as if they'd sprung from nowhere in the months before the draft with limitless physical potential that needed only to be harnessed and molded by a good coach. Black QBs were seen, more than anything else, as projectable , different from white quarterbacks, with whom the question was whether they were NFL-ready.
The thing is that this was entirely in the collective head of the NFL's coaches and scouts and executives. By , all the top black quarterback prospects were products of the same schools that were churning out white quarterbacks. They played against the same competition. They were known quantities. Akili warranted the same skepticism with which nearly all one-season college wonders are regarded. Instead, he slipped through the cracks.
It's a funny bookend to the century: A black quarterback, whose forebears were underscrutinized and underrated, had now been underscrutinized and overrated. If you can't enjoy a Daunte highlight reel that soundtracks a bunch of bombs to Randy Moss with "Tha Crossroads," you are an awful person, or a Packers fan. It's the ultimate black quarterback thing.
He and Moss were football soulmates. Cris Carter was there for Culpepper's first season season as a starter, too. Moss would put his hand up, and Culpepper would trebuchet a ball 60 yards in the air. It seemed so simple. It's a shame that strategy never materialized into a Super Bowl—sorry, Minnesota—but it was extremely fun to watch. Culpepper's 5, total yards in were an NFL record at the time, the beginning of our current pass-happy era. At his peak, he was on a different level. Jedi Knights can't throw lasers across their body on the run, though.
The post-Vikings part of Culpepper's career was less excellent, but that arm strength never left him. Even when Daunte ended up in the UFL in , he was still airing it out to scrubs, because he could. One of the great all-time college quarterbacks during his tenure at Tulane. If Aaron Brooks wasn't the best quarterback of the pre-Brees Saints, he was almost certainly the most representative of Saintsdom in that period. Brooks, like the Saints, vacillated between mildly promising, vaguely competent, and slapstick awful—often within the same game.
It's fitting, then, that he was involved in the two very Saintsiest plays of that decade. Throwing the most self-assured all-the-way-backwards pass in the history of the NFL:. And the River City Relay, which saw the Saints, down seven, score a last-second yard touchdown on a deeply uncoordinated series of laterals … only to have kicker John Carney miss the extra point:. Michael Bishop was the New England Patriots' late-round quarterback flyer the year before the Patriots decided to take a late-round quarterback flyer on Tom Brady.
White is still the all-time leader in passing yards, completions, and touchdowns at Howard University and the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference. He did not. He's currently the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Howard. The black quarterback often was blamed for the losses: He wasn't smart enough to read defenses.
He wasn't a pocket passer. He liked to run too much. Dude went as a senior at South Carolina. He was undrafted, obviously. Then, perversely, he carved out for himself a solid, seven-year backup career. He's probably best known for a stretch in the early aughts when he'd occasionally get thrust into action by one Cowboys disaster or another, and produce competitive losses, or, occasionally, war crimes like this win over a Tony Banks-led Washington in They'd been planning on replacing Kordell Stewart that year. Instead, they got three more seasons' worth of Slash, another home AFC championship loss, and a baffling playoff season by Tommy Maddox before Ben Roethlisberger showed up.
For Martin, he appeared in one game for the Steelers in , and popped up for the Raiders in , playing two games neither a start , and going 6-for for 69 yards and a pick. Spergon Wynn was the rare breed of bad NFL quarterback who could not complete a pass This probably had something to do with his 3. Everyone always talks about the six quarterbacks picked before Tom Brady in the draft. JaJuan Seider was taken in the sixth round, but after Brady.
The Chargers have no need for heavy regrets. He'd spend four years riding pine in Denver before escaping north to the CFL, where he carved out a good career for himself before retiring with Rob Ford's own Toronto Argonauts. Drafted, 7th round overall 1 game 0 starts -2 yards rushing 0 rushing TDs 1 fumble.
The Predators then fumbled on their first drive, and the Rush jumped out to a point lead. Joe Hamilton tried to bring the Predators back, but Chicago held on to win, Craig is forever immortalized in the pro football Hall of Fame without ever having started an NFL game. As quarterback for the Scottish Claymores in , Craig had the game of his life, throwing for yards and five touchdowns against the Frankfurt Galaxy.
The yards is the most ever in a professional football game. There's this weird thing about the old Michael Vick highlights on YouTube, and elsewhere on the internet: Once you dig back into his Falcons heyday, the video is almost all in slow motion. The confluence of the NFL's totalitarian media licensing in the digital age, low quality source files, and dismaying schoolmarms scrubbing all Vick content from the web has left it oddly barren of full-speed video of the most exciting, baffling player of the last 15 years.
In a way it's fitting, because Michael Vick didn't make sense at full speed. Everything comes back to 4. Whatever else Michael Vick was—the first black quarterback taken first overall, or the first quarterback to rush for 1, yards, or the first to have a meme named after his clinic visits, or the man who organized a dogfighting ring that drowned, shot, electrocuted, and hanged dozens of animals—he'll always be the guy who outran the NFL and every principle of offense it had for a few years.
But the sneaky important part of his legacy in football is the way the league caught back up. Vick was never a bluntly effective quarterback. In more than a few years, his albatross passing outweighed whatever positives he produced on the run—the reductio ad absurdum coming in , when he became the first quarterback to rush for more than 1, yards in a season, but was so ineffectual throwing the ball that his DYAR, a cumulative metric of production, came out to 1, making him the Nolan Ryan of quarterbacks.
But his highlights were so impossible, so outside the parameters of terrestrial football, that, like Ryan, everyone started to look for The Next Vick before we fully understood whether the one we already had was actually effective. What they should have been asking was, Just what the hell do you do with a Michael Vick? Denny Green and Mike Martz had begun nudging the NFL into the air, but Vick played for Dan Reeves, a stubborn old bastard who, like a proper football psychopath, once rushed back from open heart surgery inside of two weeks to return to the sideline.
Reeves insisted on a run-heavy system, and tried to incorporate Vick's running the way he had with a young John Elway, and by his second season, , it was working: Vick put up what was probably the best season of the first half of his career, throwing for 2, yards, 16 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, and running for yards and another eight touchdowns.
But Reeves was a disagreeable sonofabitch, often clashing with Vick, and in he'd be replaced by Jim Mora, Jr. In his first year under Mora, Vick struggled, putting up total yardage numbers similar to those in his season, but doubling his interception and sack rates while converting just 27 percent of his third down attempts. He was bad. And worse, Mora never got him to buy into the system. He'd tell his former coach in a interview , "The [scouting report] DVDs used to pile up in my car.
The thing is, Vick was worth the headaches, because no one has ever been more physically suited to play quarterback. He could break an yard run, or bomb a perfect yard spiral on the move.
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He also threw insane interceptions, waved the ball around as if it were a hanky, and could crack a rib while tying his shoe, but the impossibility, the improvisational allegrissimo of a Mike Vick scramble, equalized games in ways that didn't always seem fair. How was it right that the Falcons could go three-and-out over and over on a series of overthrown passes and balls in the dirt, only to have Vick pull a yard run and a bootleg sprint to the pylon for a score on the next two plays?
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In the clip below, a ridiculous highlight from Vick's playoff evisceration of the Packers at Lambeau, John Madden makes what was a pretty common observation about Vick: You can do everything right, but still be wrong. But the reason Vick was so fascinating was that the opposite was true too. He could do everything wrong, but still end up right. So what would happen if someone ever got him being right to begin with? Vick came into the league in the afterglow of Cunningham and Slash, and Daunte Culpepper and Donovan McNabb were both established as real deal rookies.
And other mobile quarterbacks, like John Elway and Steve Young who ran the same 4. But there's a legitimate case to be made that the running quarterback was never really accepted as a design, and not a final resort, until Vick rearranged the calculus of what's possible, even if he never got there himself. The lessons learned with Vick show up in how young, athletic quarterbacks are handled now. They aren't just crammed into a West Coast offense and instructed to only run if absolutely necessary, or tucked behind a run-heavy line and told to just make something happen.
Jim Harbaugh's offense probably doesn't look the same without the Michael Vick era. Neither does Chip Kelly's, for that matter. The fundamental ways that football is conceptualized today— speed, misdirection, athleticism —can be found in the contrails that Vick left as he burned through the league. It's a cautionary tale, a kaleidoscoping mess of missed opportunities—for Vick, of course, who never truly applied himself until after his bid in Leavenworth and ended up as a talented but undeniably lesser version of his best self, but also for the league, which needed a whole generation of quarterbacks to figure out just what to do with him.
Imagine Vick running the pistol last year, taking advantage of play-action passes in ways he never could in those traditional shotgun sets from Atlanta. He'll latch on to some team this year, and maybe win a starting job, or maybe not. But for the guy who starred in the single coolest football commercial ever, and who lives on as a Madden demigod, it will always seem like there should have been more. If you have any Cowboys fan friends which, of course you do , you remember them trying to talk themselves into Quincy Carter, drafted in the second round the year after Troy Aikman retired.
The Carter pick was always weird—it was a reach at the time, and felt like Jerry Jones trying to get a piece of what the Eagles had with Donovan McNabb, without really understanding how it worked. In , Carter was replaced permanently by year-old Vinny Testaverde. But, hey, remember when Carter put the New York Jets on his back to make the playoffs when Chad Pennington went down late in the season?
Remember when he played for the Jets? Woodbury was a four-year starter at Winston-Salem State, and once went an entire season without throwing an interception. He was never seen as a great QB prospect, though, and split time between quarterback and wide receiver in his short time with the Jets. A late bloomer who didn't cement a starting job until his fifth year in the league, David Garrard was one of the rotating cast of black Jaguars quarterbacks in the mid-to-late '00s.
Henry Burris could play a little bit. He went to Temple University in Philadelphia and set 20 passing records, but still went undrafted in