Mike Vick Should Be the Philadelphia Eagles Starting Quarterback

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles went into Sunday ready to start a new era.

They were rid of Donovan McNabb after a ten year run, and ready to start fresh with Kevin Kolb.

Many went into the game questioning if Kolb could replace McNabb, although most people felt he'd do fine.

However, what many people did forget going into that game was that listed behind Kolb on the Eagles depth chart was former Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick.

In his second season back in the league, many expected the Eagles to use Vick in the wildcat formation sporadically. Everyone knew this was Kevin Kolb's team.

But as the game got deeper and deeper into the first half, many were unsure of what head coach Andy Reid was doing. He was swapping Kolb and Vick in and out of the game.

Vick looked far from impressive as he was used mostly for running purposes, but Kolb didn't look much better himself.

Kevin struggled out of the gate failing to put the Eagles in good spots offensively, and threw for an uninspiring 24 yards in nearly a full half of football.

Despite that, all indications were that Kolb would come out to start the second half just as he had the first. However, that wasn't the case.

It turned out that Kolb had suffered a concussion on a hit by Clay Matthews late in the first half, and would be unavailable for the remainder of the game.

Not good news for Eagle fans.

Or was it?

Vick got the ball with the Eagles trailing 20-3 after surrendering 20 unanswered points to Green Bay. It was over. The Eagles were on the verge of being blown out and the prospects for the rest of the season were not looking good.

That was until Michael Vick got under center and began to look like the best multi-talented quarterback the NFL had seen since, well, Michael Vick.

As Vick led the Eagles back into the game and on the brink of overtime I found myself rubbing my eyes several times to make sure that I was watching a 2010 Eagles game and not a 2004 Falcons game.

Mike Vick was completely in sync. He was standing in the pocket and making plays. He was rolling out and making plays. And most of all, he was taking off and making plays with his legs.

He ran for 103 yards on 11 carries, and threw for 175 yards and a touchdown on 16/24 completions.

It was unbelievable.

As a Packer fan, he had me frightened to no end that he would bring the Eagles back. And he nearly did.

If not for a remarkable play by Clay Matthews who knows what would have happened.

So, yes Vick had an amazing game, and looked like his old, elite self, but it's obvious he's still not the guy in Philly.

My question is, why?

I know, I know, Kolb is 26 and the Eagles want him to be their franchise quarterback. But Michael Vick seems to be his old self.

And there are few quarterbacks in today's NFL that I'd take before the old Michael Vick. And Kevin Kolb isn't one of 'em.

Michael Vick is clearly not as effective running the wildcat as he is running the entire offense.

When I see the Eagles swapping Kolb and Vick, I don't see elite Michael Vick.

When I see Vick under center as a starting quarterback, I see elite Michael Vick.

There are still some people who believe one great week for Vick is not enough proof that he's his old self.

But in my mind, Vick proved all he needed to this week. He's just as fast as he was three years prior. If his speed hasn't gone yet, I'm willing to bet his arm strength hasn't either.

Could you imagine Michael Vick throwing the deep ball to Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin? With their speed, and Vick's arm strength that would be damn near impossible to defend.

And when teams try to double team the receivers on the deep ball, then I wish them luck in trying to stop Vick on the ground with four guys already downfield.

I know it sounds crazy, but after one half, Kevin Kolb should be thrust back into backup duty.

It's the smartest move the Eagles can make.


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