Why Not Michael Vick?

 Michael Vick Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers during the NFL season opener at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Michael Vick Project in Philadelphia has ended – The Michael Vick Experience looks like it may be up and running again (for a limited time only). Andy Reid is faced with his second biggest decision as head coach, while the Donovan McNabb trade will be questioned for the forseeable future, failure to nip this brewing quarterback controversy in the bud could cost Reid more than a few games.

Michael Vick Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This scenario was a predictable as Andy Reid having no time outs at a critical point in a close game.

Michael Vick was eventually going to regain his confidence (along with his legs) and make this season a living hell for Reid, Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb.

Let’s just say McNabb escaped unharmed.

If Kevin Kolb had given Andy Reid anything to hang his hat on Sunday prior to his concussion other than the Eagles $12 million committment, we wouldn’t be here 30 minutes into the NFL season. Instead my head is spinning along with Kolb’s and Reid has popped the top on the Tums a month early. Meanwhile, Vick is preparing to start in his first NFL game in almost three years against a favorable opponent in the Detroit Lions. Rest assured, if Vick passes for 225 yards rushes for 75 yards and throws two touchdowns;  the outcry in Philadelphia will be a reminiscent of Reid’s early days when Doug Pederson was warming the seat for a kid named McNabb.

And while I grew tired of the McNabb soap opera here and was willing to go through a rough stretch, but with Sunday’s developments in the NFC East it would make sense for the Eagles to try to get an early jump on things. Vick gives them the best chance of that. I know Kolb is the starter once he’s ready to resume play and would it be fair to sit him down one half into the season? Probably not. But at the same time, isn’t this game and sports in general about going with the players that give you the best possible opportunity to win?

I didn’t feel like Kolb was one of those players Sunday, there was no McNabb shadow looming, the job and team was Kolb’s – the fact that he played arguably worse than that Sunday in Baltimore in 2008  is discouraging. Keep in mind that the door was open then for Kolb to supplant McNabb that season after a poor performance the previous week in Cincinnati. Kolb’s been here before, performances against New Orleans and Kansas City last season had those divided on Kolb in agreement on one thing; that he deserved an opportunity to succeed or fail.

After one half football on Sunday, the verdict may already be in.

More telling than Vick’s performance was the body language and energy of the team after Vick entered the game, if not for the usual coaching miscues down the stretch the Eagles could’ve won this game – then what?

Michael Vick Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Andy Reid during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reid knows what he has in Vick and I don’t believe he wants to watch him fester on the sideline, at the same time I believe that Vick’s potential big-play ability gets in the way of Reid’s ability to put Vick in more favorable situations. Lining Vick up in a shotgun formation in a critical 4th and 1 isn’t the way to go given the Birds struggles in short yardage situations.

The loss of Leonard Weaver takes away a rushing and receiving weapon as well as a blocker in the backfield a great need for Kolb as he isn’t as mobile as Vick. It would also keep tight end Brent Celek handcuffed to an already shaky offensive line as an additional blocker. Vicks ability to buy time enables Celek to get into space. If Kolb remains the starter the Eagles are going to be in a max protection formation sixty percent of the time just to keep him upright. 

The fact that Kolb has not passed the post-concussion exams leads me to believe that he is at least two, possibly three weeks away from returning, the NFLPA is going to make sure that the Eagles medical staff takes all precautions before he returns (Very questionable decisions by Reid and the trainers Sunday concerning Kolb and Stewart Bradley). A semi-favorable schedule (Lions, Jaguars, Redskins and 49’ers) helps Vick in that he can get the reps in practice and in-game opportunity to make this a hairy situation. What I’ve heard this week more than anything is that Vick did well because the Packers did not have time to prepare for him, my answer to that is: The Packers would be foolish not to be prepared for Vick for 6 plays or an entire half and lastly, what about teams in the past that have had weeks to prepare for Vick and still struggled to contain him.

At any rate, that elephant that everyone tried to ignore is still in the room – he just stood up and he’s starting to move around.

9 Responses to “Why Not Michael Vick?”

  1. HarveyDent says:

    Why not Michael Vick?

    Because he’s Black…

  2. HarveyDent says:

    I kid, I kid with that first post but Vick won’t be named the starter for the rest of the season because Eagles’ management has made an investment in Kolb and unfortunately they’re willing to go down with him. We all know this team under this regime is willing to sacrifice games to prove a point so chalking up the 2010 season as a learning experience for Kolb is standard operating procedure. The problem though is that Kolb is never going to be a superstar in the NFL because everything has to be set just so for him to win games. Vick, and not to beat a dead horse, McNabb, is and were able to be competitive and steal some games when the plays fall apart and the injuries mount. Kolb doesn’t bring that element to the table and I can say from what I’ve seen of him he never will.

    That’s the reason why I was so salty about the McNabb trade because if McNabb’s successor was someone who had that juice I could see the reasoning for it but to trade him away for a mediocre talent at best was and is mind-boggling to me. The Eagles will name Vick the starter for at least this next game against the Lions and he will show out but believe me the Eagles will go right back to Kolb when he’s healthy and not because he’s ready but because they have a point to prove. My unsolicited advice to MV7 is to just bide his time because every appearance he makes this season will just improve his bottom line next year whether it’s in Philly or some other NFL city provided there is a season in 2011.

  3. Origin says:

    LOL!!!!

    Yeap Harvey you took the words out my mouth. Also the fans and media in Philly are a freaking joke.

    I was actually on the site and have been listening to the philly radio stations and folks are saying we rather lose with Kolb then win with Vick….LOL!!!

    I am serious people are actually saying that. Their mindset is that they can’t win a superbowl with Vick so why play him. Even if Vick takes them to to Conf. Finals its better to go 6-10 with kolb this year so he can get some experience. But I thought it was time to get rid of Mcnabb because he couldn’t get out the first round and Kolb was better.

    Well now Kolb can’t get you to the playoffs and Vick is better…….but you don’t want to play Vick at QB!!! WTF!!!!!

    Like Miranda said its nothing more then moving the goal posts again when it comes to black folks.

    Its a shame how most fans are sheep. They still don’t realize that the move to get rid of Mcnabb and to get Kolb was all about getting a cheaper worker. Damn fans are stupid!!!!

  4. Origin says:

    Also great article Ron…………I love this part “At any rate, that elephant that everyone tried to ignore is still in the room – he just stood up and he’s starting to move around”

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  6. Ron Glover says:

    @HD, Money is the issue and the most frustrating aspect of this entire controversy.

    @Origin the radio media in Philly is the worst, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost driven off the road listening to “knowledgable fans”.

  7. Miranda says:

    Origin…they dont even tell us where the goal post is anymore. They dont just move it, they take it away altogether and we just have to guess where that shit is.

    So the talking points are:
    1. The Packers hadn’t game planned for Vick
    2. Vick was messing up Kolb’s rhythm in the first half anyway
    3. The offense is built for Kolb and he should be given more than 30 minutes to show what he can do.
    4. The O-line is bad and the receivers want Kolb.

    That’s the meme. You did not see what you saw on Sunday. Just believe the talking points – say it over and over until it is true.

  8. Ihatethis says:

    Perfectly said, but Kolb is and was not better than Donovan McNabb. Philly media and fans are just what they are, they rather lose with a white hype than lose with a proven black vet. Thats philly, thats philly, thats philly lol

  9. Michelle says:

    Vick has been amazing to watch.. He’s reenergized the Philly fans.

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