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Michael Vick May Have Played His Last Game as an Eagle
There are many reasons why people hate Michael Vick, and many people that hate Michael Vick.
I won't go over them here because everyone knows them, though I will say it takes a special kind of guy to do something that actually tops the whole Ron Mexico horridness so much so that people don't even remember it now.
That being said, 2012 gave Vick's "haters" all the more reason to despise him.
There was his nonsensical talk of this Eagles team being a dynasty. This, of course, assumes Vick understands the definition of a dynasty in sports and would also assume he actually believed he'd still be a Philadelphia Eagle four or five seasons from now.
There was his rant on sports radio about being disrespected by the NFL Network ranking him 70th on a list of top 100 players in the NFL going into the 2012 season. According to Vick, it was a "joke" that was only going to serve to motivate him.
Then the season started and Vick was lousy. He was horrid in a game against the very bad Cleveland Browns and had linebacker LJ Fort actually have been able to catch a pass Vick hit him in the hands with, the Eagles would've dropped the opener.
Vick's poor play turned to terrible play as his offensive line began to crumble due to numerous injuries.
As the team began losing, he deflected the blame saying he put the team in position to win games—implying the defense then let the team down. Not factoring in to the equation that his turnovers earlier in games kept the score close enough for the opposition to mount comebacks.
Vick, of course, started with other excuses. He wasn't allowed to play the game his way. He was going to go out there, "put the shield back on" and be the gunslinger that never really achieved any real success earlier in his career in Atlanta.
When that failed and the Eagles continued to lose as Vick continued to struggle, he took the last resort of a desperate man and blamed the media.
Vick—the face of the franchise—is also its symbolic problem. He's a guy who thinks he is better than he is, who believes if he says he and his team are great then that makes it so.
In other words, on a team full of delusional underachievers, he's the worst of the lot.
Then there's also the baggage he brings with him that is unrelated to his past behavior and out of his control, namely his opinionated brother Marcus.
Marcus who "live tweeted" the loss to New Orleans ripped the Eagles coaches, offensive line and, according to him at least, spoke for his brother and begged to be traded (both him and Michael they're a package deal) out of Philly.
Vick said in a press conference after the game he would shut his brother up.
On Monday November 19th Marcus Vick apparently twittered derogatory messages to Andy Reid:
Yeaaaaa! Try everything n your handbook to save your ass FATBOY!!!!
A little aside to Marcus Vick. That "Fatboy" gave your convicted felon brother a chance when no one else did. He tried to mold him into being an actual NFL quarterback and then signed him to a $100 million deal that pulled your brother from his horrible financial woes that were brought on by his illegal dog fighting operation.
A deal, incidentally, that will ultimately cost Andy Reid his job.
Maybe, just maybe, show a little respect.
Michael Vick suffered a pretty nasty concussion during the game against the Dallas Cowboys.
More than likely, it will be his last game as an Eagle.
Even if Vick's health returns, it does the Eagles no good to have him play again. Vick will be gone at the end of the year and the remaining games should be more about finding out if Nick Foles has any real potential or if the Eagles need to look elsewhere for the franchise quarterback they have desperately lacked since 2009.
Vick's departure will bring a fair amount of ex-Eagle fans who couldn't bring themselves to root for the team's success as it was helmed by the convicted felon, back into the fold