I thought the reason the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb was because they had a better quarterback. I didn’t know that the better quarterback was Michael Vick, and Kevin Kolb didn’t know either. When Andy Reid announced that Michael Vick would be the starting quarterback I was shocked. This is the same guy that said just 2 days earlier that Kolb was the starter and the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. I applauded Reid for reversing his decision. It’s obvious that at this time Vick is a better player, but it’s hard for a veteran head coach to swallow his pride publicly.
Now that the burden is squarely on Vick’s shoulder, what will happen? I don’t know, but it will be must see T.V. There hasn’t been a quarterback as exciting as Michael Vick since…Mike Vick. Watching this guy play now brings back old memories. I think about that incredible touchdown runs and the way he won a playoff game in Lambeau Field. You also think about the guilty plea to bankrolling a dogfighting ring. You think about the prison time, and the rumors about him never playing again. Then you think about his return to the NFL, and how he was a third string quarterback. No one expected him to play significant time, but after a trade and an injury, Vick got his opportunity.
It’s very rare that someone takes time away from athletics, and upon returning regains their previous level of excellence. I think that Michael Vick has a great opportunity be a better quarterback than he was before. He has a favorable upcoming schedule, and the NFC East is not a great division this year. Whether he succeeds or crashes and burns I will be happy to watch. I just have one request, please don’t fight dogs! I don’t want the burden of defending that.
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