Michael Vick is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles… “Until further notice”. That’s the story on this Tuesday full of news. What a day. Kevin Faulk, and Jerious Norwood land on the IR, Kenny McKinley was found dead (R.I.P.), Reggie Bush has a fractured fibula, Larry Johnson was waived, and Braylon Edwards received a DUI at 5:15 in the morning. My twitter has been going off the charts full of this information, most of it redundant. Perhaps the day isn’t exciting, more like depressing, except for Michael Vick fans.
The decision to start Vick came late Tuesday, after many people began banking on Kevin Kolb starting Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. The media was informed that Vick was “OK” with his role, and will do whatever it takes to help his team win. Well, not he can do all of that ON the field in Philly.
I’m honestly surprised at how many people find this decision to be a bad one. The Eagles nearly came back from a big deficit in week one after Vick replaced the concussed Kevin Kolb. In week two, the Eagles had a terrific offensive performance putting up 35 points against the improved Detroit Lions defense. So why is everybody upset? This is a “What have you done for me lately” league. Vick has been producing, and there’s no denying it.
Kevin Kolb looked absolutely lost in week one against a tough Packers defense, and despite passing all of the concussion tests, Reid must not feel comfortable. At first, people started to wonder if it’s because of a roughed up offensive line, but it appears that this is not an offensive line issue, and it’s not a Kolb injury issue. The only “issue” this is, is a performance issue.
Kolb didn’t give anybody much hope in two quarters of football. Just a sample size, two quarters is, but he really looked uncomfortable. Vick came in and took over leading the Eagles on a drive, and Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win.
So what does this mean for Kolb? Could this be another Matt Schaub incident? That’d be funny considering Vick would have to do with both players being shipped. Personally, I don’t think that this will be another Schaub incident because I truly believe Andy Reid likes his future with Kevin Kolb at the helm. The organization is very high on him, and trading away Donovan McNabb reinforces that opinion. Not to mention, this is the last year of Vick’s contract.
But as of right now, Vick gives the best chance to win, and I think Reid wants to ride him out until he runs out of gas. You can’t expect for Vick to keep completing 63 percent of his passes, and not turning the ball over. He’s a career 54% passer, and he’s always thrown nearly the same amount of interceptions as touchdowns.
One thing is for sure: Vick looks like the old Vick, and that’s exciting if you’re an Eagles fan. In six quarters of football, Vick has thrown for 459 yards 3 touchdowns and zero lost fumbles or interceptions. He’s protecting the ball, making plays with his feet, and still utilizing his offensive weapons. What more can you ask for? You just can’t sit a guy like this. It’s like being in the World Series and sitting a guy who’s batting nearly .400 in the playoffs just because he’s not a young promising prospect.
Vick’s fantasy value is rising, and will continue to do so as long as he keeps producing. Like Reid, I expect fantasy owners to ride him while he’s hot. This week he gets the Jaguars, and I fully expect him to run circles around the pitiful Jaguars defense. With Kolb starting, I was hesitant to predict and Eagles win, but with Vick in there, I’m pretty confident that they can get win number two.
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