Mea Culpa Mike Vick

Walt HaleyContributor INovember 19, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a break past Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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In the beginning of the football season I wrote an article explaining why Kevin Kolb should be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. 

I essentially lambasted Michael Vick for being an easy quarterback to game plan for because he was  one dimensional. When he was in Atlanta he look to throw to his first option, and if the receiver was not open, he took off running. 

When the Eagles played the Vick led Atlanta in the NFC Championship a few years ago, it the Eagles were a lock for a trip to the Super Bowl. That is how easy Vick was to game plan for. 

I thought the Eagles were getting the same Michael Vick. Was I wrong! 

There is a reason it took me so long to write this article. It has nothing to do with being embarrassed by my emphatic statement. It had everything to do with me conducting research on my next statement:

I am right at an astounding rate of 98.716%. I had to go through every decision I ever made, every comment and every argument for my 35 years of existence and they turned out to be right 98% of the time. 

That is pretty amazing. I knew I was awesome, I just did not realize I was awesome on such a profound level. 

So for me to admit a mistake is very, very easy. I was really wrong about Mike Vick. 

In Atlanta he was lazy. He didn’t study game film. He was the last to show up and the first to leave. He essentially got by on his talents alone (and it worked because he was so freaking talented and he still is).

Now he studies film and has learned the playbook. Most importantly, he listens to his coaches. 

He is becoming a complete quarterback. The best part about it is he has his team brimming with hope. This is the most talent he has ever been surrounded by too, and they love playing with Vick. It was never more evident than last Monday night. 

They all looked as if they were playing football in the backyard. Vick even has Jason Peters playing his best football and that dude hates playing football (he is going to dominate Usi this weekend, just wait and see!).

DeSean Jackson is the fastest receiver in the game (he may be the hardest to cover), Jeremy Maclin is turning into a stud, Jason Avant is a great possession receiver and the Eagles running game is starting to take off behind Shady McCoy and Jerome Harrison.  On a side-note, the Mike Bell for Jerome Harrison trade made by the Browns is one of the dumbest trades made in awhile. 

Now Mike Vick may be the hardest person to game plan for. Right now you have to put him in the top five quarterback’s in the NFL. There are the usual suspects on the list: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Jake Delhomme (he-he) and there are a few up and coming quarterbacks in Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Sam Bradford and Josh Freeman. 

Right now I would probably take Peyton, Brady, Rivers and Brees over him. If he plays the way he did on Monday night again this Sunday night and they beat up the Giants? (He looks awesome in a black visor too. Like an offensive Brian Dawkins!) 

I may only take Peyton over him. 

He is escalating up everyone’s list very quickly and he deserves it!

Mike Vick is going through all of his progressions on passing routes, he is patient in the pocket and he is still very fast. He takes what the defense gives. He has a freaking rocket for an arm too. The first past to DeSean last Monday went 60 yards on a rope. 

All he does is seemingly flick his left wrist and the ball goes 50 yards down the field. His throws seem effortless. 

My wife and I were cracking up watching the frustrated Redskins defenders. They had a pretty good beat on him a few times and he just ran away from them. It was amazing. 

Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg deserve a boat load of credit too. They saw the talent and turned this kid into a complete quarterback. Andy Reid may just be the best quarterback coach in the NFL right now.  He got a freaking second round pick for AJ Feely for crying out loud! The guy is a beast when it comes to finding talent at the position.

Vick has earned himself a big ass paycheck in the off-season. I have a feeling this team is going to do some good things. 

If Vick plays his cards right, they will be building statues of him in Philadelphia. If he re-signs here, plays the way only Vick can play and he stays healthy, I can guarantee you that the Eagles will win a Super Bowl under his tenor and he will have a free pass in the city for life. 

How does McNabb feel now? 

PS – Please stop talking about Mike Vick’s past. He was in jail for two freaking years, he did his time! What he did was stupid and disgusting and he paid for it. 

PSS – I still cannot believe that I am rooting for Mike freaking Vick. That is crazy!!!