Is it too early to talk about this subject? Maybe. Are we going to talk about it anyway? Absolutely.
I must admit that when I was watching the Eagles first preseason game and heard that the Eagles had signed Michael Vick I had no idea why. You just redid your current quarterback’s deal when you didn’t have to and spent your first draft pick in the 2007 draft on the apparent heir to the throne. It raised questions about the longevity of Donovan McNabb and the confidence level in Kevin Kolb. With all that aside, the acquisition grew on me as time went on.
I hated when the Eagles had to play this guy. He was super versatile, could tuck the ball away and make big plays with his feet, and although he wasn’t the greatest passer, he had a rocket arm. Keeping that in mind, I realized we didn’t have to play against him but had the opportunity to play with him. His arsenal of playmaking abilities now belonged to us.
It was quite apparent the guy wasn’t going to threaten McNabb for his starting quarterback position. However, with the emergence of the wildcat offense in the NFL, we soon realized that we were after his legs and not his arm.
So we got through all the hoopla of when he’d actually be able to play and found out he’d be eligible the third week of the season. The excitement grew. Does this guy still have that scrambling ability we saw when he rushed for over 1,000 yards in his final season before prison? Can he get in the game enough to utilize this potential? When is he going to have his first 100 yard game? The potential seemed unlimited and adding another speedy weapon to the offense just seemed downright unfair.
So here we are entering Week Five of the regular season and my hopes and dreams are already smashed. Sure, I’m happy with the Eagles record. It’s right about where it should be. However, where’s the excitement we were supposed to see with Vick? Was I asking for too much? Is it still coming? How much longer must we wait?
My personal opinion (and I’m sure many others), is that the Eagles will trade Vick after this season. There’s plenty of teams out there right now with terrible quarterback situations and I’m sure there will be just as many come of the offseason. They’re going to be able to deal him somewhere, it’s a given. Right now though, we’ve only been through four games. What is the Vick solution for now? How long do the Eagles stick to this wildcat experiment? Should the Eagles keep eating a roster spot for this limited production?
There are many questions to be asked, but who knows when they will be answered. All I know is that the Michael Vick experiment has been a failure thus far.