Time for Philadelphia Eagles to End Michael Vick's NFL Wait

chris baldwinContributor IAugust 9, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - JULY 26:   Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (C) leaves the federal courthouse following his arraignment on July 26, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. Vick pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal dogfighting charges and was released without bond until a November 26 trial.  (Photo by Haraz N. Ghanbari-Pool/Getty Images)

Michael Vick's search for an NFL team has lasted longer and grown more ridiculous than David Ortiz's hunt for someone else to blame for failing that steroids test.


Before long, it's liable to approach O.J. Simpson's search for the real killers (if only the Juice had thought of putting it all on bad supplements).


The Philadelphia Eagles need to end Vick's purgatory now, though.


Not because Jesse Jackson is self-servingly poking his nose into things...even if Jackson makes some legitimate points.


Not because Vick has clearly more than paid his debt to society, something that everyone but the most extreme fringe PETA wackos can see.


Not because it's the right thing to do.


No, the Eagles need to sign Michael Vick because it would give them a better chance at seeing the Super Bowl.


If any team could use a wild card backup quarterback who could keep a play (or a season) alive, it's the Eagles. Kevin Kolb still isn't reminding anyone of Matt Cassel in his third Philadelphia training camp.


Add the fact that the Eagles offensive line appears as brittle as an old Lincoln Logs set (Shawn Andrews' back is looking like Larry Bird's), and you have a scenario where the backup quarterback is bound to play at least a few games.


It's very unusual to have the opportunity to sign a backup quarterback with as much upside as Vick on the cheap. It only happens when said quarterback goes barbarically ballistic on a bunch of dogs and lies about it.


Every other NFL team avoiding Vick should not frighten the Eagles. Thirty-one other teams allowed the New England Patriots to land Randy Moss for almost nothing a few years ago—and all Moss did was fake-moon Green Bay and nudge a traffic cop with his car.


Most NFL coaches are more worried about wielding paranoid total control than winning (see Andy Reid’s recent hurt-child rant on Twitter and reporters daring to do their job).


The Eagles shouldn't worry about what other teams are not doing. They should concern themselves with what will make them better.


Signing Vick would clearly accomplish this.


Even if his arm became even more inaccurate in prison (which would be like Glenn Beck somehow becoming even more annoying), Vick would still bring another big-play wrinkle into the Eagles offense.


Line him up and direct snap Vick the ball three to five times a game. Just put him back there as a decoy and make it look like you might get him the ball. Reid doesn't even have to call it the Wildcat.


The Eagles could even fool teams and have Vick drop back to pass. Vick actually enjoyed success in a version of Reid's beloved West Coast Offense. He blew out the St. Louis Rams in a playoff game, brought the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game in his first year running the offense for Jim Mora Jr. 


If Andy Reid is half as innovative an offensive coach as he wants everyone to believe, he'd be salivating at the chance to employ Vick.


Instead, he continues to pretend that Kolb is anything but a mistake.


"Number one, I think (Vick's) a good kid," Reid said early in training camp. "Right now, we’ve got a good situation at quarterback, so that’s not the direction I’m looking at."


Reid should have stopped at No. 1. The rest makes about as much sense as Ortiz's defense.


The Eagles are a win-now team that could use a little extra dash of quarterback specialist excitement. If Donovan McNabb is threatened by the idea of Vick getting a few snaps a game when the dog fighter's suspension ends, he needs to grow up.


Philadelphia would actually be one of the easiest places Vick could play too. Many think that Eagles fans are cruel, but the truth is they also see through phoniness.


This continued manufactured furor over Michael Vick getting a chance to play again is as phony as phony gets. Eagles fans would let Vick move on.


If only the organization took a forward approach towards getting to Miami.