The Philadelphia Eagles easily beat the crippled Atlanta Falcons 34-7. Chris Redman was overwhelmed with the Eagles defense, stifling the once potent offense. Aside from this, something even greater happened – Michael Vick got two touchdowns and adoration for both the Eagles and Falcon fans. This really must have brought a tear to Andy Reid’s eye. Not from sentimentality, but from a business perspective.
Just look at the current statistics of Vick’s stock. Michael Vick now has a 90.7 quarterback rating, almost as good as Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb. Additionally, Vick is now just two touchdowns short of Kevin Kolb. Now is as good as time as any for Andy’s gold speculation. Atlanta would be the easiest bidder to sell to. Maybe for future draft picks? Maybe groom Jason Snelling as a future backup to LeSean McCoy? Michael Vick would possibly enjoy this return to Atlanta; but he must realize that he will most likely return as second string until Matt Ryan gets injured or flounders badly. Just jotting down some thoughts here. Two other options come to mind as well. The first being the Carolina Panthers and the other being Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Carolina Panthers are amidst a quarterback controversy, and Michael Vick could possibly be their solution. Tampa Bay would be another option. Josh Freeman has hard times ahead, and they would seek the clichéd “veteran leadership.” Again, just some speculations for thought.
If you think Andy Reid’s game plan will change for Michael Vick, think again. His current game plan wouldn’t change for two primary reasons. First, he wouldn’t risk injury to his ugly duckling that has turned into his golden goose overnight. Why would he risk injury to Vick, particularly this close to the playoffs and more importantly next season’s free agency? Vick will still play in a reserved role, and he will come in for his cameo in the Wildcat formation or whenever Donovan McNabb needs a rest. Lastly, Reid wouldn’t want to damage the subordinate relationship between Michael Vick to Donovan McNabb. Currently, Michael Vick poses no apparent threat to the throne, and Reid and McNabb intend to keep it that way. Both Reid and McNabb don’t want the situation to turn into a Jeff Garcia high-strung (playoff) situation again. Michael Vick became a part of the Eagles stimulus package when they needed it most, and the Eagles players and fans greatly appreciate his contributions. Unfortunately, it won’t last long. Treasure the memories of Michael Vick in the closing weeks, Eagles fans, because they’ll disappear soon.