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If Cowboys Add Andy Reid, Should Eagles Coach Bring Michael Vick with Him?

Andy Reid (right) and Michael Vick.
Andy Reid (right) and Michael Vick.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIDecember 3, 2012

Let’s say Andy Reid took his talents to the other side of the Philadelphia Eagles/Dallas Cowboys rivalry in 2013. Should Michael Vick follow him to Dallas? According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, whispers are that Reid thinks that there is a real possibility that he ends up as an employee of Jerry Jones.

Reid’s coaching seat has been burning with a white-hot fury in Philadelphia for some time now, leading many to believe that the veteran head coach will be elsewhere next season. His recent reclamation project at quarterback, Vick, seems to think the same may be said for him as well.

The Eagles, of course, deny that they are now dedicating the remainder of this year to the development and evaluation of rookie QB Nick Foles—but the fact remains that Vick will probably be allowed to pursue other job opportunities come February.

Let’s say that happens, too.

If Reid goes to Dallas, it will be time for the two of them to part ways. From a purely football sense, it would benefit any team to have Vick’s rare quarterback speed at its disposal. This is Dallas: a squad with a media circus surrounding it and a franchise quarterback, Tony Romo, already in place.

Assuming the Cowboys have learned anything from the New York Jets’ situation with Tim Tebow this season, they would not manufacture their own quarterback controversy. As we saw with “terrible” Tebow, a popular pair of quarterbacks can divide a locker room and cause more trouble than it’s worth.

Big D’s not big enough for Vick and Romo.

Reid and Vick could go as a package deal to a QB-needy team like the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs or Jacksonville Jaguars. If the coach’s decision is to put a star on his ball cap, then his and Vick’s paths should subsequently cross in a place other than the Dallas team facilities.

 

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