Michael Vick: 10 Reasons He Will Start the Next 15 Games for the Eagles

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2010

Michael Vick: 10 Reasons He Will Start the Next 15 Games for the Eagles

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    Michael Vick is slated to make his first start since New Year's Eve of 2006 when Philadelphia visits Detroit.

    Sunday's start might be the first of many for Vick, who has the potential to provide the Eagles offense with a much-needed jolt of big plays.

    In fact, he might be able to hold off Kevin Kolb and remain under center for the entire season in Philly.

    Here's 10 reasons why Michael Vick will start the next 15 games for the Eagles.

No. 10: Vick Finally Has Receivers Who Can Catch the Ball

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    Michael Vick's highlight-reel runs made him arguably the most sensationalized NFL star early in his career.

    Eventually, the inability to throw the ball exposed Vick as a mere mortal after all.

    Vick will never be confused for Dan Marino, but his arm strength and field vision is certainly adequate enough to get the job done.

    One of the biggest factors for his pedestrian numbers in the passing game as a Falcon was an underwhelming collection of wide receivers that only got worse during his days in Atlanta.

    The Eagles have the weapons to support Vick's efforts to improve as a passer, with the dynamic DeSean Jackson, the steady Jeremy Maclin, and Pro Bowl-caliber tight end Brent Celek.

No. 9: Kolb's Not Right in the Head

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    Kevin Kolb's concussion is keeping him out of Sunday's game against the Lions and perhaps beyond.

    According to ESPN.com, Eagles coach Andy Reid says Kolb is "making progress" but hasn't passed the next level of the NFL's new concussions tests.

    Until he is cleared to return to the field, he has no choice but to watch from the sidelines as Vick showcases his skills.

No. 8: the Mobility Factor

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    Kolb is clearly the better passer, but Vick's mobility at the quarterback position distinguishes him as being more valuable for the Eagles as presently constructed.

    Andy Reid has never been a huge proponent of pounding the football with running backs, instead choosing to utilize the likes of Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy as receivers out of the backfield.

    With first-year starter LeSean McCoy anchoring the backfield this season, the Eagles are likely to give backs even fewer carries than normal.

    When Reid's offense needs a first down in short yardage situations he can simply call Vick's number.

No. 7: Big Play Potential

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    The Eagles need to find another playmaker besides DeSean Jackson and that could come in the form of Vick.

    Sunday's performance against the Packers reminded NFL observers just how dangerous Vick is.

    He rushed for 103 yards on just 11 carries, including a 31-yard scamper, and had Green Bay's defense looking for answers.

    Vick appears to be the best candidate to break off big plays and provides the Eagles with a dual-threat defenses will need to account for.

No. 6: Eagles Want To See What Vick Can Do

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    Vick's opportunities this season will determine the direction of his career path moving forward. It will also determine if the Eagles did the right thing by breaking the bank for Kolb.

    If Vick holds down the starting job for one reason or another for the duration of the season, it's possible the Eagles could look to re-sign him to be the quarterback for the coming years.

    That would mean moving Kolb, who still has tremendous value despite his large contract and relatively incomplete body of work.

    Before making any decision, Philadelphia needs to know exactly what Vick can do. Despite his prolonged absence from the game, his body has taken a pounding.

    Can he withstand the physical demands of an entire season without breaking down? Can he develop chemistry with receivers and run a West Coast offense successfully game in and game out?

    Those questions will only be answered if he gets a chance to display his talents in a full-time, starting role.

No. 5: Vick Will Produce Sunday and Beyond

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    In addition to rushing for 103 yards against one of the NFL's better defenses last Sunday, Vick completed 16-of-24 passes for 175 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

    The Lions have improved defensively, but they are still a work in progress.  Vick should be able to exploit Detroit's secondary and will also look to incorporate McCoy in the passing game.

    And of course he should be able to rack up a decent amount of rushing yards.

    Beyond the game against the Lions, the odds are that Vick will produce solid numbers if given the chance.

    Even if Kolb gets healthy, it would undoubtedly be difficult for Reid to yank a productive Vick out of the lineup.

No. 4: Vick Will Win Sunday and Beyond

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    The Eagles should beat the Lions Sunday with Vick at quarterback.

    Assuming Vick produces, a favorable schedule in the coming weeks could make it even more difficult for Andy Reid to revert to Kolb.

    The Eagles visit the mediocre Jaguars in week three and host the Redskins in week four before traveling to the Bay Area to face the 49ers.

    All three games appear to be winnable, meaning the Eagles could potentialy be sitting at 4-1 early in the season heading into the October 17 meeting with Vick's old team in Philadelphia.

No. 3: Keep Fighting Off the Ghost of Donovan McNabb

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    Kevin Kolb will always be compared to Donovan McNabb, who could lead the rival Redskins to a successful season, especially if Vincent Jackson is acquired via trade.

    By contrast, Michael Vick will only be compared to Kolb, who was tabbed as the quarterback of the future and presented with enormous shoes to fill.

    Kolb's performance would need to rival or perhaps even exceed McNabb's to make the trade appear justifiable, while anything Vick provides would serve to validate the Eagles' move of giving him a second chance at football.

    Vick could make fans forget about Donovan McNabb in a hurry.

No. 2: The Players Choice

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    If he succeeds, Vick might not only become the people's choice to start, but also could be the player's choice to lead the Eagles for the remainder of the season.

    There's nothing worse than a locker room divided. Solid performances by Vick Sunday and beyond could generate hopes Kolb's chance doesn't role around until next year.

    Andy Reid might soon have a difficult decision on his hands.

No. 1: The Magic Has Returned

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    Despite his shortcomings as a pure passer, Vick's electric style of play is impossible to ignore.

    The biggest reason supporting his ascension to a full-time starting role for the remainder of the season is his ability to channel the fountain of youth and play at a high level.

    Time will tell if he is able to get the job done. But if Sunday's performance was any indication, Michael Vick is back and poised to restore the luster of his football legacy.