You already knew this was coming…
The Eagles may be the Super Bowl favorites in the NFC, but they had a much better chance of hanging out in South Beach in February if they had not signed Michael Vick, the notorious dog-killer who used to be the most exciting player in the league. Vick has a right to resume his career and make a living to support his family, so that is not the issue. He did unconscionable things to dogs, paid the price with 18 months in federal prison, costing him two seasons in the prime of his career, in addition to the guts of his $130 million contract, which has led to him filing for bankruptcy.
If his skills haven’t eroded, Vick can be a dangerous player. But the risk for the Eagles is that his presence is a constant distraction and blows up their season. The reward is Andy Reid finds a way to get him on the field for 10 snaps per game and Vick becomes an unstoppable weapon. Distraction wins out over weapon. My guess is Roger Goodell lets him play by the third week. “We think he brings some elements to the things we can do on the football field that will help enhance our chances of winning the Super Bowl this year,” Eagles president Joe Banner said. “And it’s really that simple.”
The Eagles and Vick, however, are just a bad fit, for a bunch of reasons. This is a tough, blue-collar town. They take sports very seriously. Sports talk radio can be brutal. Eagles fans once pelted Santa Claus with snowballs and cheered when Michael Irvin went down with a career-ending neck injury. Vick would have been better off in Green Bay, where they love all their players, or Buffalo, which somehow has fallen in love with T.O.
They’re right about the Philly fans…they are definitely hating on ‘poor Mike,” but damn, we’re just glad this cat has a job and is back in the league. What do ya’ll think??