There are sure to be Mike Vick stories abound on the ‘net today, so we might as well get ours in too. Of course, there will be differing of opinions on whether or not the Eagles should have made this move, but as you can guess from the title of this rant, I think this is a great move for both sides involved. Of course, Vick wins because he gets a second chance to play in the NFL , but I believe that the Eagles win (or can win) in this deal too. I’ll try to outline a few reasons here. Follow me now.
Low Risk, (Potentially) High Reward
Put all the off the field issues aside. The Eagles don’t have to worry about any of that. If Vick f’s up again, Goodell will throw him out. PERIOD. Then, the Eagles have the same team they were expected to have. No harm, no foul.
At it’s essence, this is nothing more than a glorified try-out for Vick. His deal is an one year contract with an option for a second year. If it doesn’t work out, he’s gone. But if it does, you now have another weapon for McNabb, a capable backup, and a quarterback to take the reins when McNabb is gone.
The Move Keeps Donovan McNabb On His Toes
Some say he doesn’t like this move, he says he’s fine with it, whatever may be the case, it keeps him on his toes. As of now, Mike Vick is certainly not a threat to McNabb’s job. But at some point, he could be. There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition. It usually brings the best out of people. Kevin Kolb certainly wasn’t any competition for McNabb.
Flexibility On Offense
Mike Vick will have to be accounted for when he is on the field. PERIOD. There is no way of getting around that fact. Whether you think he has a cannon of an arm or you’d rather your grandma play quarterback, the man brings a skill-set that no other player brings. People are already salivating at having McNabb, Westbrook, Vick, Jackson, and Macklin on the field at the same time.
Will this ultimately be win for the Eagles? Only time will tell. But while other teams who could’ve used Vick more sat back and watched, the Eagles swooped in and may have set themselves up for years to come. You have to commend them for that.