An Eagle Enigma: What Michael Vick's Signing Means to Philadelphia

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IAugust 14, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick makes a statement to reporters at the Omni Richmond Hotel after agreeing to a guilty plea on charges stemming from his involvement in a dogfighting ring August 27, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

You can call him a dog killer, a highlight reel waiting to happen, or a running back in a quarterback's body.

Frankly, you can call him anything you want.

Just make sure now that you preface his name with "Philadelphia Eagles quarterback."

Of all the possible destinations, Vick lands in a cozy environment where he's unlikely to be used and will likely see dust collect on his hands and legs, while Donovan McNabb and co. make another run at an NFC Championship Game appearance.

While the signing is both controversial and exciting, very little of it makes any sense, quite honestly, for either side.

The Eagles won't be using Vick in any packages that would have him line up at receiver. No, he was too much of a risk for something as useless as that.

Besides, their receiver depth stretches all the way out to California, with stud burners like DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, and Jeremy Maclin lining up for McNabb slants and bombs.

Then they even have Jason Avant to think about.

A receiver Vick is not.

Running back, then?

Again, it just doesn't fit.

Sure, there will be a few plays where Vick steps in under center and is used in a Philly version of the Wildcat, but how much of that can we realistically expect to see without it disrupting the cohesiveness of the offense?

Not a whole lot.

Let's not even get started on Donovan McNabb and his infant-like maturity when it comes to other quarterbacks taking the field.

The truth is, when it's all said and done, Vick is, at the very worst, a sensational player on the Eagles' shelf, ready and able to make an impact if he is needed.

Kevin Kolb, congratulations (and I'm sorry), but you just lost your job.

Vick should, in due time, make his way to the "No. 2 quarterback" clipboard section, master the offense, get acquainted with his future receiving weapons, and start to dream of all the possibilities that go along with being a Philadelphia Eagle.

Let's face it. Kolb may have talent, but up until this point, he has shown nothing spectacular and no true signs of "coming around."

He wasn't exactly blowing people away with his performance against the Baltimore Ravens last year either.

So, while there will be plenty of Kolb defenders/promoters out there, I beg you (all of you) to take a good, hard look at Kolb during the preseason, and tell me with an honest, blank face that you'd prefer him over Vick.

But enough about Kolb. He's just a speed bump—a mere pebble in the way of Vick's path back to fantasy and NFL greatness.

Ah, but the great Donovan McNabb. Now there is a true task.

Well, at least that's what we're led to believe.

After last season's near-meltdown, McNabb is still very much in limbo as far as the Eagles' front office is concerned. Adding Vick could be a quiet sign that McNabb won't be around after 2009, and Vick could be a potential candidate to take over the reins.

Vick isn't even 30 yet, and while his speed and athleticism will start to fade around 34 or 35, he still has a little under a decade to prove himself worthy of his No. 1 overall selection in 2003.

That is, of course, if he hadn't already done so.

Regardless, Vick isn't a publicity stunt, an offense/coach/team crying for help or attention, and he isn't exactly a replacement.

Not yet, anyways.

No, Vick is an insurance policy. It's hard to believe we're saying and reading about Vick being a possible savior to a team, especially one with a possible future Hall of Famer still under center, but that could very well eventually be the case.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

The fact is, all we know about Vick and the Eagles is that he'll be wearing green in September.

What happens after that is anyone's guess.


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