Eagles May Have Unplanned QB Controversy On Their Hands

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IAugust 28, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles smiles during the end of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field on August 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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From the day the announcement was made by the Philadelphia Eagles that they had signed Michael Vick, I smelled smoke.  The smoke of a slow-burning fire that may end up spreading out of control.

Whether the Eagles or their fans want to believe it or not, they have awakened the proverbial sleeping dog (pun intended).

They have a QB controversy in the making. Andy Reid tells us that Vick and Donovan McNabb will both see action.  He claims that Vick opens up his offense to all types of possibilities.

Reid also tells us that McNabb is his starter and there is no room for negotiation on the issue.

He's right in both cases.  Vick does bring an unquantifiable dimension to his club and McNabb is a franchise quarterback with a long record of successes.

But what Reid is not letting the public know is that he is walking on ice in this situation. This isn't Montana-Young or Bledsoe-Brady.  These are two proud players in their primes.

McNabb was booed during last night's preseason game vs the Jaguars, a regular occurence since he became an Eagle in 1999.  Vick came in the game and gave the crowd a glimpse of what he could still do on the football field.

Immediately, the synapses snapped into place.  I asked myself, "What happens if McNabb lays an egg?  Will Reid go to Vick right away?" Then I wondered, "How long before the controversy starts?"

Answer: it started already.

I knew once Vick got blood in his mouth again, he'd want more.  He's a former superstar who once had the game's biggest contract. He's not going to be content on the sidelines for very long.

McNabb has a tendency to have some really bad games; some inconsistent games.  Philly fans do not have the patience for that any longer.  They will call for Vick and they will call for him loudly.

You can have running backs by committee, defensive line rotations, etc., but quarterback is not a platoon-able position on a football team.  The Eagles are under the illusion that it is.

Andy Reid is about to fall through the ice.