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Mike Vick? Really?

Posted on: September 21, 2010 6:07 pm

Mike Vick is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.


Is Andy Reid really giving up on Kevin Kolb that quickly? Vick has played well in his two appearances, but you don't trade away Donovan McNabb with the idea of making Kolb your long-term solution and then give up on it after one half of football.

You know what you have in Vick: A wonderfully athletic player that can do amazing things with his feet but is limited with his ability to be a quality passer.

Vick has never been a good passer. This is a passing league -- more even than when he was the starter in Atlanta.

Kolb suffered a concussion in the opening loss to the Green Bay Packers. Vick came in and played well and then played well in a start last week at Detroit. But the Lions aren't good on defense. Then again, neither are the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Eagles opponent this week.

Teams will say they hate preparing for Vick because of his improvisational skills. But talking to coaches over the years, that is offset by the fact that he doesn't throw it as well.

I guess the Eagles decided in a half that Kolb isn't their answer.

Somewhere Donovan McNabb has to be chuckling.

The Eagles have really botched their quarterback situation.

Get ready, Philly. The Single Wing is your new offense.



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Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:56 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

 Vick is two dimensional and Kolb is not. Looks like Coach Reid likes s dual threat. I hope Vick has the best season of his career. Don't feel that bad for Kolb, his getting paid real well.

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:52 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

It is hard to argue Reid's logic in this decision since Vick has played so extraordinarily well.  The offense looks smooth and lethal with Vick under center, and defenses look very uneasy with so many weapons to have to pay attention to.  It seemed with Kolb, Green Bay's defense was comfortable attacking our shaky offensive line and forcing Kolb to either make a mistake or take a sack.  Defenses look a little more tentative to attack our O-line now at the risk of giving up the home run.  The other offensive players on the Eagles also seemed to respond with more enthusiasm when Vick was taking the snaps.

Still, it does make the McNabb trade look a little senseless.  Kolb was supposed to be the quarterback of the future and was the reason for Philly's willingness to part with their franchise quarterback and take a youth movement.  Now one half into the season that plan is scrapped and Kolb is again the backup.  Maybe this will all work out and either Vick will establish himself as one of the league's elite quarterbacks, or Kolb will work his way back into the starting quarterback position.  But it does make you wonder if the Eagles are giving mixed signals to their team.   

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:43 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

Prickso, your the only one imagining McNabb's laugh.  In 6 quarters Vick has taken the Eagles to 2 victories and he's done with ease.  Why on earth would you want to ruin the rhythm Vick has with his offense right now? He will get the W while Kolb is still untested this year.  Why on earth would you not let Vick have his way with the Jaguars defense coming off a tough loss already?

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:43 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

This really is the best move for the Eagles. Michael Vick has played very well in his two games, a lot better than myself or many other people thought, he showed that he is back in shape and has worked on his passing a lot in the offseason. In Philadelphia, Vick has something that he never had in Atlanta: a very good receiving corp, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Brent Celek are more a much more talented group than he ever had during his six-year tenure with the Eagles. Vick no longer has to run as much as he used to because the offensive line is also better in Philly which gives the receivers a lot more time to get open. LeSean McCoy has also proven that he is a big-time player which is also great for Vick and the offense as a whole, with the threat of Vick and McCoy to run, it will force defense to put 8 in the box, leaving more one-on-one matchuos for the WRs. If Vick can keep playing at a high-level he could turn the Eagles offense into the scariest in the league.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:42 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

Vick is a dog killer. period. cut him all the slack you want, "he's paid his debt to society," "everyone deserves a second chance," blah, blah, blah. the guy ran a dog fighting ring, and brutally killed and tortured dogs. He'll get his, hopefully sooner than later. F~~k Vick and the Eagles for playing the SOB!!!

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:42 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

For a sarcastic comment, it sure sounds sincere.  Grossman WAS a really good passer for a couple of seasons.  And I counter your single game in which the winning team had nearly no passing yardage with two entire SEASONS of passing teams making the super bowl the last two years (Arizaona and Indi) while ranking at the bottom of the league in rushing yards.  Check the stats from as recently as the early 90s and tell me there were just as many 4000 yard passers back then as now.  Not every team has employed it, but overall the passing game is tops.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:36 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

Vick is just another patch, someone who will never lead Philly anywhere and for sure not to the Super Bowl. I think Reid is going to be out soon enough as coach and he is grasping at straws to save his job. There is no long term building plan for this team and Reid has just shown that. He is thinking of his job only, but that's only natural. Even McNabb was never that great and Vick is just another pipe dream.

At least with Kolb you may have been thinking the Iggles finally were looking long term, but guess not.

Funny how the NFC East has quickly become the NFC Least, with no team of any Super Bowl caliber. Sad, but true.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:23 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

Silly me.  I always thought you put your best players on the field.  I watched the Eagles in Pre-Season and they looked stagnat under Kolb.  I watched them in the first half of the Green Bay game and they looked horrible.  Then Vick comes in and the offense starts clicking on all 4 cylinders.  And they almost come back to win the game behind a vintage Vick performance.  Actually it was better than that.  Since I actually watched and analyzed the game I noticed that Vick is a lot more patient before deciding to take off.  He definitely looks to past more than he ever did in the past and his passing numbers reflect that. 

Before the Detroit game I heard a number of people saying well lets see how he does when a team has a full week to prep for him.  The only reason he did good against Green Bay was because Green Bay wasn't ready for him.  Whatever.  Vick went out and performed very well.  So now some of those same critics are like yea but it was against Detroit.  Lets see how he does when he faces a good team. 

You can't win with the haters.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:21 pm

Mike Vick? Really? Prisco you get paid? Really?

Pete, 99% of the football world recognizes that Michael Vick has been magnificent running the Eagles offense over the last 6 quarters. Kevin Kolb may be a budding all-pro (he also may not be) -- but the reality is that a healthy Michael Vick gives this team a better chance to win ballgames.

Instead of questioning the McNabb trade -- why are you not congratulating Andy Reid for making a tough political decision in favor of what is best for his organization.

Prisco, you consistently write some of the most anemic observations of any football beat writer. Maybe you and Matt Millen should run a fantasy team together? Or better yet, just read some of Peter King's work. Or maybe try interviewing a football player once in awhile?

Regardless, I'm happy for your family that you're still employed doing something you enjoy but obviously are not very adept at.

Congrats Andy Reid on making the right decision in a tough situation.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:21 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

Mcnabb trade look dumb, are you kidding they got Nate Allen for that trade who has two interceptions already this season as a rookie. Besides McStiff hasn't been the same since he broke his ankle back in the day because he has now become to much of a pussy to run, and every pass he throws is either at the receivers feet or behind them. He would lead the receiver maybe once a game.

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