Philadelphia Eagles: Are the Eagles Mike Vick's Team?

Mike BurkeCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 11: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Eagles head coach Andy Reid against St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles beat the Rams 31-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Although the Eagles are loaded with talent, leadership is not something that has been clear as of late.

Not too long ago, you had long time Eagles like Brian Dawkins, Jeremiah Trotter, Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. The Eagles have gotten a lot younger, so that clear cut leader hasn't really existed.

When looking for leadership, there are generally a few position where it comes from. The most obvious one is the quarterback. During his time in Atlanta, I didn't really view Michael Vick as much of a leader.

He was a great player who often put the team on his back, but he wasn't really a leader.

In the last two years in Philadelphia, I think Vick has developed in so many ways. He's developed as a person, a quarterback and as a leader.

To begin last season, Vick was forced to take a backseat to Kevin Kolb. Players viewed Kolb as a good leader and were ready to start a new era at quarterback. However, that era didn't last very long, and I think a lot of that had to do with how Andy Reid viewed Vick as a leader.

Players immediately responded to Vick. Many of them were fans of Vick before they were even in the league. When asked to step up as the starter, Vick responded extremely well.

This year, Vick knew that he was going to come in and be the starter. There was no question. He's really embraced the opportunity, and has become the clear leader of this team.

Last Sunday against the Rams, when the Eagles went down early, Vick rallied his troops. After evening the score, you could see him on the sidelines telling everyone good job and that they were still in the game.

You could also see him address the offense in the huddle before calling a play to start the fourth quarter. I'm sure the message was it was time to put the game away.

These were little things that probably went unnoticed by a lot of people, but it really stood out to me. Vick has developed into a very strong leader, and his teammates have embraced his leadership.

The Eagles are Michael Vick's team.