On The Michael Vick Signing

Greg OasterContributor IAugust 26, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 20: Head coach Andy Reid of the of the Philadelphia Eagles watches the action on the field from the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Well after two preseason games the Philadelphia Eagles have yet to show us anything that makes us think this is going to Super Bowl caliber season.  I know it's preseason and it's more an opportunity for the rookies and free agents to show their stuff in real game scenarios.  I never really put in any credence into preseason games 1, 2 and 4.

The biggest highlight so far through the preseason games was the announcement of the signing of Quarterback Michael Vick, which was done during the New England game.  I was on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk when I got a text message announcing the signing of Vick.  The news of Vick's signing spread like wildfire, and right away the boardwalk crowd starting opining on the good and the bad of the signing.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie, head coach Andy Reid and the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles organization opened the floodgates which is something that they should be used to in this town given the fan base and media scrutiny the organization is constantly under.

While the Eagles have taken a big publicity hit, and have so far handled the criticism pretty well, this is an opportunity for the NFL, The Eagles and Michael Vick to shed some light on and bring attention to the dog fighting world. 

If Michael Vick is truly sincere and remorseful, which I believe he is, let his actions in the community and with the various animal rights organization speak for themselves.  I don't think he needs to do so with great fanfare and media attention, in fact the less attention the better.  One thing I believe that Vick needs to do is get into the inner city and speak to those young folks.  By his own admission Vick grew up in a culture where dog fighting was acceptable.  By getting into the heart of the community and speaking directly or indirectly to the young people that are involved or are thinking of getting involved he can make a much bigger impact, more than any Public Service Announcement could possibly do.

Vick has surrounded himself with some good people, and most importantly signed with a good organization.  Andy Reid for all his faults is a no BS kind of coach.  Owner Jeffrey Lurie has made it clear that Vick needs to be squeaky clean or Vick is gone.  Vick has been given a golden opportunity, one that many ex-cons don't get.  He controls his future, and has taken the first step into showing people how truly sorry he is.

Due to the terms of his conditional reinstatement we only get to see Vick play in preseason games three and four.  Michael Vick gets to play his first game as an Eagle Thursday night.  I for one am looking forward to see what he can actually do on the field.  Perhaps a good performance on the field will silence some of the off the field critics.