Going Green

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“Won’t you help to sing…these songs of freedom…”

Bob Marley – Redemption Song

As the NFL season shifts gears from training camp to the preseason…a lot of talk has been about Tom Brady and his return from injury…however there is another quarterback that didn’t play last year…and he has dominated his fair share of headlines too.

I have always said that sports are a mirror of life, and nothing proves that statement more than the unpredictable Philadelphia Eagles signing of Michael Vick. The home team just gave Donovan McNabb a healthy extension on his contact, so to the untrained eye…the new acquisition makes zero sense. However it’s quite to contrary and here are a few reason why:
  • Backup QB Kevin Kolb was drafted in 2007, and while he was given a few key opportunities to shine…he has yet to pan out, as a reliable 2nd or 3rd string. To add a strain of difficultly to this scenario…he was injured recently towards the end of training camp.
  • Donovan McNabb is and will be the main guy in Philadelphia…however if he gets hurt during a game, or has to miss games due to injury…then having Vick on the bench to fill in, is a great insurance policy for this team’s high powered West Coast Offense.
  • Vick will serve a suspension to start the season, so he will have time to learn the plays, fellowship with his teammates, and get comfortable being in his own skin, as he gets readjusted to life in the NFL.
  • Life is about change, as it is one of the more constant things in this world…so for Michael Vick, who I believe can still play and excel on a high level…will have McNabb to learn from, and a team that played in the NFC Championship last season to add to.

This is a good sign for what is yet to come from the Eagles, and the silky smooth, left handed, hurler from Virgina…Michael Vick.

54 Responses to “Going Green”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Vick also admitted that his reputation as a player that didn’t work hard and relied mostly on his athletic ability was warranted.

    “I was lazy. You know, I was the last guy in the building, first guy out,” Vick said. “I know that. You know, I hear everything that people say. And that hurt me when I heard that, but I know it was true.”

    Miranda: Many of those reports were correct. I have no doubt that MV7 hit that chronic on a regular. We know he was dog-fighting and by his own admission, he didn’t work hard. Could he read defenses? His completion percentage and TD-INT ratio suggest it wasn’t his forte.

    That’s four for four.

    He is a tremendously talented player — capable of a 31-8 (TD-INT) season and much more, but he has to do the work. Stanley Crouch, in his “Premature Autopsies” piece talks about “submitting to the loneliness required of mastery.” Anyone who has ever mastered anything (or more importantly themselves) knows exactly what that means. MV7 is not there yet. We’ve only seen a glimpse of what he’s capable of. If he puts it all together, winning a Super Bowl will be the least of his challenges.

    At this point, none of us are served by forgetting the path he traveled to get to where he is now. He is in Philadelphia for a reason and a purpose. I certainly hopes he shows us the reason by fulfilling his purpose.

  2. Patrick says:

    A more focused Michael Vick is a more dangerous Michael Vick.

    Vick’s life is definitely in a fish bowl, but his life off the field is much less complicated.

    Philly will be on a mission in 2009 to put as many points on the board as possible. The McNabb-Vick combo reminds me of the Montana-Young during the late 1980’s when they were dominating.

    Oh, I can’t wait to see Philly come to Atlanta on Dec. 6th.

  3. Temple3 says:

    I had the same thought Patrick. This is clearly the most talented QB combo since Montana-Young. Of course, those two didn’t get along and they never played on the field at the same time. This could really be groundbreaking.

  4. Miranda says:

    Then in 2010, the neo-con sports wing will bitch that there needs to be a new rule…there can’t be two qbs on the field at the same time EVER.