Is impatience or a hidden dislike for Vick the reason people want to see Nick Foles starting?
For the second consecutive preseason game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s night was cut short due to injury. Against the New England Patriots Monday night, Vick sustained a rib contusion and was replaced by rookie quarterback Nick Foles.
In an extended role, Foles was 18 for 28 for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Foles entered camp as the third string quarterback and with his recent play has almost assuredly moved up to #2 on the depth chart.
For those weary of the Michael Vick Experiment, #2 isn’t enough.
Vick has been on the injured list 16 times since 2010
The back page of the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday simply read: “In the Nick of Time” after the cute play of words, I knew what the title was all about and considered the source.
If you’re looking to portray anyone of color in a positive light, stay clear of the Philadelphia Daily News. This is a publication that greeted the Michael Vick signing in 2009 with the headline: “Hide Your Dogs”. The curiosity of what Vick could bring and the public pity party for Kevin Kolb eventually made Donovan McNabb expendable. After the Kevin Kolb debacle the job was Vick’s to lose and as long as he could stay healthy and the team was winning everything would be cool.
Neither has happened.
The most beloved athlete in Philadelphia has been the backup quarterback. I’ve seen it go down with Randall Cunningham and an aging Jim McMahon held together with bubble gum and tape. Philly fans ignored the fact that Randall’s prime years were wasted among marginal talent and inept coaching. Instead they called for McMahon, drunk with anticipation that he would lead them where Cunningham couldn’t. When McMahon wasn’t good enough it was Bobby Hoying and Ty Detmer.
In the McNabb era, Jeff Garcia was supposedly tougher and understood the offense better than Donovan McNabb according to who you asked. Until Terrell Owens arrived, McNabb was working with career #2 receivers and #1 receivers who had seen better days. When Kolb was drafted, Donovan’s bags were all but packed until Kolb struggled (and continues to) at the NFL level. The acquisition of Michael Vick saved the Eagles from becoming a doormat in the NFC as well as Andy Reid’s job.
Michael Vick’s time in Philly is officially on the clock.
The skepticism that comes to an injury prone player with a big contract is enough to break him. Make that player an African-American quarterback given a second chance to play in the NFL and you can see the wrecking balls lining up.
There’s still a large contingent in Philadelphia that doesn’t care for Michael Vick. The recent play of Nick Foles was a welcome sight that couldn’t come fast enough. Vick’s detractors don’t care about injured All-Pro Jason Peters being replaced with backup Demetrius Bell or a defense looking to gain respectability. They do remember Vick using the word ”Dynasty” in July and now he’s been injured twice in August. Just in time for a young, golden-haired rookie to step in and make things interesting.
Hardened hearts and one track minds are preparing for Philadelphia’s latest and greatest “Hope”.
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Throw it in the bag!