The Michael Vick Era: Andy Reid's Plan From The Start

Michael FoglianoAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2010

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 19, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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We all saw the breaking news on ESPN. As Philadelphia fans, we got excited and couldn't wait to see Michael Vick take off on the field and we wanted the change of pace.

However, we all knew that he would never start because McNabb was the guy, and if he left (which was expected) Kevin Kolb had been next in line for a few years.

So when he came to Philadelphia, we knew he wouldn't start and would not get the action we wanted to see him get.

Or would he?

The Eagles acquired Vick when McNabb was in town, but like I stated earlier, we knew he was gone by season's end and so did head coach Andy Reid. Kolb, the uprising prospect who has been waiting for his chance for years to show what he's capable of, was finally given his opportunity. 

So now I bring you to this:

Why did we sign Vick again?

Just for the "Wildcat offense"?

I don't think so and I would say to use him as trade bait, however we signed him to a two year deal for a reason. If he was going to be used as trade bait, we would have signed him to a simple one year deal.

But we didn't.

Reid signed Vick because he always knew he could coach him to be a great quarterback. Vick always had potential to be great, so just in case Kolb didn't follow through on high expectations, he had a former Pro Bowler behind him.

Now let's say Kolb turned out to be a great successor to Donovan. We still could have used Vick for the 3rd down option. It was a win-win situation for us.

We just signed Vick for more than the 3rd down option.

There was a chance that Kolb wouldn't follow through with what was expected of him, and I'm sure Reid had that feeling.

Maybe, Reid thought there was just too much pressure on the young man. Maybe Reid knew all along he was going to deal McNabb. Maybe, he thought that the Eagles needed a more athletic quarterback behind the dreadful offensive line.

Maybe, just maybe, Andy Reid planned for Vick to be the back up plan to Kolb and lead the franchise of the Philadelphia Eagles.