Michael Vick is off to a great start:
Vick played the kind of game Sunday at Detroit he’s been waiting to play for years. He was a polished quarterback who ran when forced — when it was natural — and threw from around the pocket the vast majority of his 41 pass-drops. He completed 62 percent (21 of 34). Played mistake-free; no turnovers. Just watching on TV, I saw a quarterback who scanned his options before taking off if nothing was there, the imprint of coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg showing.
Is Vick different? Is he going to be someone’s long-term option a year from now? Watching him over the last six quarters, I think he has a real chance now. “I’m 10 times better than I was four years ago,” Vick told me from the Eagles’ locker room in Detroit after the 35-32 win in his first start since 2006, the year before the dogfighting saga hit the public eye. “I’ve learned so much about the position, about being a complete quarterback, from Andy and Marty. How to stay active back there, how to make good decisions, or they’ll be down my throat. I like that. It’s something I need.”
The most interesting thing I heard out of Vick was patience. He’s 30 now, yet he knows he’ll likely have to wait one more year before he has a team of his own. Vick said the Eagles aren’t his team; they’re Kevin Kolb’s team, even though Vick has the hot hand now and Kolb was so shaky before he got concussed in Week 1. If Kolb’s healthy, he’s the starter, Reid confirmed again Sunday. “I know Kevin can do it,” Vick said. “I saw him do it all summer. For me, I’ve had a taste of it now, and now, finally, I know it’s going to be there for me. If I have to wait another year, I can. I can be patient.”
In a sign of their regard for Vick, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who each caught a touchdown pass from Vick, handed him the ball on the sidelines, wanting him to have it, because they know how much the balls mean to him. I know many of you don’t want to see Vick succeed because of his past crimes. Understood. But he’s a compelling story right now, and he might be turning into the player the Falcons thought they drafted nine years ago.
Damn, Mike is sounding all mature and ish…let’s just hope he maintains maturity on the field and in his personal life as well.