VICKtory in Philadelphia: The Michael Vick Experiment 2.0

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2010

In recent news Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has made Michael Vick the permanent starting quarterback in place of Kevin Kolb. Kolb was injured in the second quarter of the first game of the season by suffering a concussion. From then, Michael Vick was inserted in the lineup and injected life into the Philadelphia Eagles offense.

Prior to naming Michael Vick the starting quarterback Andy Reid stated that Michael Vick will be the back up to Kolb no matter how good Vick plays as a replacement. Michael Vick even stated that he was prepared to be a backup quarterback this season and the Philadelphia Eagles is Kevin Kolb's team. 

All of the statements from Vick and Reid were the right statements to say at the time, but reality struck after Vick's performance against the Detroit Lions.

Yes, the Detroit Lions are the JV team of the NFL, but Michael Vick showed poise as a quarterback and he used his legs when needed. The players in the locker room were pulling for Vick and they did not want to let him down. He has elevated the play of his teammates and he will hope to continue have that effect in the locker room.

The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" kind of league. The two 300-yard games that Kolb had last season are an afterthought since Michael Vick has emerged as the new leader of the Eagles. Michael Vick has one year left on his contract so the time is now for him to perform. The Eagles may not win the Super Bowl, but Michael Vick gives them the best chance to compete this season.

With Vick in the lineup Defensive Coordinators have to prepare for Michael Vick, Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, and LeSean McCoy. That is a very explosive offense. The Offensive Line of the Eagles is not the best, but with Michael Vick's mobility he is less likely to get punished by pass rushers rather than the pocket quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Michael Vick has the opportunity to become one of the biggest comeback stories in sports history. A lot of people are waiting for Vick to succeed, but I can bet there are many more people waiting for his downfall. Vick's Q rating recently stated he was one of the sixth most hated athletes. He may have won the Philly faithful and the locker room of the Eagles, but people still look at him as a dog killer.

Everyone in life deserves a second chance. Yes Michael Vick has a shaky past, but he is not perfect. If Ben Roethlisberger can come back to good graces after allegedly sexually assaulting two young women why can't Michael Vick? Michael Vick will be under the microscope and people will be waiting to see him make another mistake off the field. Memo to Michael Vick: It is best to study film and spend time with your family.

Vick lost two years of his life by being incarcerated and that led to losing his first love and that is football. Michael Vick seems to have a better support system this time around and he is a 30-year-old man with a family rather than being a 24-year-old mega millionaire living in the fast lane.

I am not calling Michael Vick a savior to the Philadelphia Eagles but he will sure bring his best every Sunday. He will have phases when he throws an interception or two, but at the end of the day he is the best fit for this team this season.

For Michael Vick, this is a chance to silence all of the critics and unleash the potential that the Atlanta Falcons drooled over during his tenure in Atlanta. Note to Eagles fans I suggests you to head to Geno's and grab a nice Philly cheese steak and enjoy the ride of the redemption of Michael Vick.