Vick Is Back: Why The Philadelphia Eagles Need To Name Vick The Starting QB

Nick BachContributor ISeptember 12, 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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Stop texting your buddies about how Kolb will be back and there's nothing to worry about. If Kolb is your Fantasy QB, you better go pick up Vick, yesterday. I have been saying for years now that Vick has been the victim of the NFL, the National Media, Animal Rights Groups, and countless others who have taken, talent-wise, one of the greatest professional football players ever and severely limited his ability to make a living and will also unfortunately prevent him from ever being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Vick showed us all tonight why he has always been the real deal and that the fans, media, et al. pressured Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles into keeping Vick in a secondary role with in the organization. Vick's time has finally come. I'm sure there's still a 65% chance that the pressure will again force the Eagles to make vain attempts at making Kolb their starting quarterback and if that happens you can simply chalk it up on the long list of injustices done to Vick. Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted an underage woman at a bar. Don't give me the alleged crap, he did it, the cops knew it, the bar ownership knew it, everyone knew it. How many professional players or celebrities have committed countless offenses and yet walk away unscathed? Where are the women's rights groups pressuring the Steelers to get rid of Roethlisberger? Where are the outraged fans? Do you know why Atlanta fans STILL walk around with Vick jerseys? They know deep down the guy is a decent guy. He gave every game his all and he excelled at the sport. While I do not condone dog fighting I will say that the actions in Vick's case were never on par with the punishment. Yet here we are this season, with a quarterback who has done everything anyone has asked him to do and yet we are having a discussion about whether or not he should be the starting quarterback, are you kidding me? I dare anyone to give me a reason why Vick shouldn't automatically be the starter in the Eagle's next game. There isn't a single solitary reason why he shouldn't. The excuse will come in the form of  "Kolb should get a chance," "Kolb is the quarterback of the future," or "the Eagles still lost the game." What those people are really saying is that we still don't think Vick was punished enough, he still hasn't served enough penance. Put the pen down, turn off your cell phone, step back from the keyboard and go smoke a cigarette. The discussion should have never begun. Vick should be the starter, everyone else should shut up and sit down.  As much as I am a Randy Moss fan-boy and have spoken up for him, Michael Vick has kept his mouth shut, head down, nose clean, and has performed when he has been asked to perform. I'll trade Moss getting signed before the season's end for Vick being the Eagles' starting quarterback. This all being said, I feel that the bigger picture in all of this is that I still have to give the Eagles' Organization some credit in sticking with Vick. I don't buy the saying that it's hard to do the right thing; it's hard to do the wrong thing because the wrong thing leaves you being less of a person, organization, or a culture. It wasn't hard for the Eagles to sign him, it wasn't hard for the fans to accept him, it wasn't hard for anyone. They signed him because he is a legitimate football player with amazing ability. The fans accepted him because he gave his all and didn't complain about the naysayers. It isn't hard for anyone to accept that he is the better player and deserves to be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Hopefully they will do the right thing again in this case.