Letter To Michael Vick: Beware Of Fanatical Philadelphia Eagles Fans

James AmblerCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2010

Dear Mr. Vick:

To be direct, I wasn't too happy to hear you'd be starting on Sunday in place of Kevin Kolb.

Actually, back in March if I had been told that you would be Philly's Week 3 starting QB, than I would have preferred the Eagles just kept Donovan McNabb

It's not that I don't think you're capable of being a better QB than you've ever been before, it's just that I haven't seen enough of you to make a valid determination on your long-term outlook. Sorry, but the sample size is just too small for me.

But congratulations, Michael. You have the entire town of Philadelphia and the city's ravenous fan base eating out of the palm of your hand. In six quarters you've convinced everyone that you are a new-and-improved man and QB.

Normally, people aren't talking about the Super Bowl after squeaking by the Detroit Lions. But Philadelphia Eagles fans are no normal breed, and you're no normal QB.

These thousands of people who are so willing to believe you've changed have bought into you 100 percent. Hook, line, and sinker.

But it was just a few months ago that the fans of midnight green were buying stock in the guy who you just outperformed to earn this start in Jacksonville: Kevin Kolb.

Yes, there were some Eagle fans who disapproved of Kevin from the beginning, mainly the hardcore McNabb apologists.

But the majority of the city seemed to embrace the change at QB. Sure, Kolb was going to have some growing pains in his first season as a full-time starter, and that was totally acceptable because the Eagles had surrounded him with a talented but extremely young team that would inevitably have some major growing pains as well in 2010.

Entering this season, Eagle fans seemed all right with giving Kolb a shot and finding out once and for all whether or not he could perform.

Fans were giddily talking about how exciting it would be to see Kolb efficiently run the west coast offense, make short and accurate throws, and actually hit receivers in stride. Honestly, I was looking forward to seeing if Kolb could really do all of those things.

Well, it only took an underwhelming preseason, seven pre-concussion passes against Green Bay, and one sensational six-quarter stint by you to make Kolb-kraze a thing of the past in Philly.

The entire city has completely bailed on Kevin being a viable option in 2010, if not ever again. But right now, the notion that Kevin Kolb cannot be an NFL starting QB lacks just as much common sense and proof as the increasingly popular thought that you, Mike, have suddenly become a dynamic pocket passer.

Given the circumstances, I would have permanently removed Kevin by Week 5 if he continued to struggle. That still would have given you ample time to save the season if you do indeed prove yourself to be superman.

But how so many people soured on Kevin Kolb so much by Week 2 is still unreasonable.

The Washington Redskins' current QB could write you an 895-page book about his own opinions of Philadelphia Eagle fans, and yes, a lot of them wouldn't be complementary.

Yeah, Mike. You've set the bar amazingly high in an amazingly short time frame. Perhaps you've set the bar too high for your own good.

All eyes in Philly will be fixated on you for every Sunday for the next three months.

Now people expect you to play like Steve Young for the rest of the season. Sorry, but the 2010 Eagles aren't the 1994 49ers...even with you under center. 

You've made one start since 2006 and people shouldn't be expecting you to look week-in-and-week-out like Randall Cunningham did in 1998.

Becoming a refined pocket-passer and less reckless QB won't happen over night. But if you have shown serious signs of a changed QB by December, then well, I just hope the Eagle organization has the guts and the coin it'll take to re-sign you...and it'll take a lot of both.

And about the off-field activities, I'm fully supportive of you getting a second chance. Still, I won't criticize the thousands of people around the country who will never forgive you.

But if Ray Lewis can ascend to the role of media darling and Donte Stallworth can get away with a ridiculous slap on the wrist, then I have no problem with you getting another shot. Now, go out and make the most of it.

You've always had all the tools to be truly great in this league.

But you're still human. Hopefully Philly fans will remember that in the weeks ahead.

Good luck,

Jamie Ambler