Michael Vick is going to blind us with his speed and his huge playmaking skills and make us think he is back. Well, guess what—he isn’t the man for the job.
He will start against a terrible Detroit Lions team, and he will look like his old self. He will dazzle us with his winding runs and speed.
That will happen, but it doesn’t mean he should take over as the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles. Kevin Kolb looked terrible last week and then got the concussion, but he is still the man for them.
It is a known fact that any football fan loves a fast quarterback that makes insane runs. It is pretty and quite frankly very exciting to watch.
However, a good quarterback it does not make.
Even at the age of 30, Vick will probably be one of the best, if not the best athlete on the field. As an athlete he is all-world and always will be. As a quarterback he is average even on his best day.
He does have some good career numbers with his legs. He is the only quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards, have 250 yards passing and 100 rushing in the same game, and is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
That’s all good and fine, but his passing numbers are downright ugly. He has 11,766 passing yards, 73 touchdowns, 52 interceptions, and a 53.9 completion percentage.
On the surface these don’t seem too bad, but if you dig deeper, the truth comes out.
He has never averaged over 200 passing yards a game in a single season. He has never passed for 3,000 yards and has only thrown 20 touchdown passes one time in his career. Those are bad numbers for any quarterback, especially for a full-time starter.
Now the legs used to offset his mediocre arm and inconsistent passing, but he is trying to become more of a passer, as he showed in last week's game.
Late in the game he had at least 10 yards to run, and he threw a pass out of the back of the end zone. If you are an Eagles fan, this should be something that concerns you.
Now most people will say that Kolb has no experience and Vick has been to the playoffs and is a proven leader. That is true, and I like the fact that he is a winner.
A quarterback is supposed to win, and he does just that. Kolb doesn’t have a lot of NFL starts, and his numbers aren’t all that impressive.
Guess what though—everyone starts somewhere, and he needs to prove himself. He has a good background and is the only quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in his first two NFL starts.
Kolb is four years younger at the age of 26 and is the future. You have to win now, but you also have to build for the future.
Is Vick the future of the Eagles? In a single word, no. He may have some good years left, but he clearly isn’t the quarterback of the future.
Let him run around this Sunday and torch the Lions secondary and look impressive. Let him create a quarterback controversy.
If you are an Eagles fan, enjoy the win this Sunday and move on without Vick. He may excite you, but he shouldn’t entice you into thinking he is the man for the job.