Temper Tantrum In The Making: Is Michael Vick Unhappy at The No. 2 Spot?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 6, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Right now in the City of Brotherly Love, all is just about sweet in the sporting world.  The Philadelphia Phillies are continuing along their dominant and destructive path in baseball, the Flyers are once again a playoff team as they try and dig themselves out of a 0-2 hole against the Boston Bruins, and finally, Philadelphia has a soccer team in the MLS.

However, as the old saying goes "What goes up, must come down" and unfortunately for the Philadelphia Eagles, their future is possibly heading toward a "down" period as the NFC East continues to heat up.

With this said, there is of course no legitimate reason to write the Eagles off in 2010.  A young quarterback in Kevin Kolb leading the way equipped with trustworthy young wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the NFC East is still quite easily Philadephia's for the taking.

But before we go ahead and judge Philadephia one way or another, right now it isn't all smiles and happy thoughts in Eagle land.

Yes, it's time for an NFL rewind, and this time it should be one that most fans out there are already familiar with.

Going back three months ago, head coach Andy Reid put forward the simple and fairly predictable statement that Donovan McNabb was to be Philadelphia's starting man in 2010.

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We all remember it, some of us even questioned it, but right now all of the speculation and criticism has only led to Donovan McNabb shipping off to Washington, leaving Kevin Kolb with shoes the size of Lincoln Financial Field to fill.

It seems this type of thing is ever present in today's modern game.  The offseason brings out the best in players attitudes and overall commitments, and when you think you have a team all figured out, it seems that caution is more or less thrown out the window in a desperate attempt to fulfill fans' needs.

However, the Philadelphia Eagles are quite the opposite in this regard.  Donovan McNabb was a firm and stable starting quarterback no matter what your opinion is, and although the Kevin Kolb starting job seems pretty much secure, one player has been affected yet again by this whole controversy.

I'm talking of course about Michael Vick.  The left handed quarterback that Eagle fans have taken quite a shine to in the past 12 months. 

In 2009, we didn't truly get to see Michael Vick unleash on the NFL.  Only one touchdown and 86 yards, Michael Vick seemed to remain patient with the Eagles as he transformed from a quick and Speedy Gonzalez like character, to a third string quarterback that was only good to watch on the rare occasion that Andy Reid would allow him to throw.

You can't blame Andy Reid for not starting Michael Vick at all, but can you blame Michael Vick for feeling a little cheated out of a starting role?

The answer is, of course not.  It's simple human makeup to want to succeed, and after spending countless years in the NFL, it doesn't take a genius to realize that a veteran of Vick's caliber would no doubt be a little moody and upset that he once again has to wait his turn.

For those out there reading this and preparing to leave a nasty comment stating that Michael Vick has "no talent", well that point could be argued until the sun comes up.  One factor that does remain is Vick's prison sentence, and a bigger question could be asked as to whether or not the Eagles are indeed avoiding the controversy, in order to stay out of majority media attention.

Aside from this, one thing is for sure, there will be an all out war to win the starting role in Philadelphia.  We rarely see it these days, but a young vs. old battle for the No. 1 spot seems to be in order and unfortunately for Eagle fans, it may come down to how the Eagles do as a team, that wins either of these guys the starting quarterback position on the depth chart.

For Michael Vick, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that the Eagles did him a favor by signing him to a deal this time last season.  Fresh out of prison and thrown back into a world he was once praised in, Michael Vick was doubted by many to make a successful return.

A year later, it's safe to say that Vick hasn't exactly had a succesful return by any stretch of the imagination, but he still has managed to secure a spot on a team that could be willing to give him a starting job anytime soon.

Rewinding back to last year, Michael Vick's attitude was noticeably different.  In 2009, Michael Vick was sitting behind an established quarterback that had made a name for himself in green and white.  Obviously Michael was okay with standing in the shadows of Donovan McNabb, and when it comes to having a near two year NFL layoff, stepping in behind one of the games greats isn't too bad of a deal.

Now though, the scenario has changed, and Michael Vick finds himself behind a young quarterback that could succeed or fail in the NFL.

Perhaps Michael feels he could do a whole lot more for the Eagles, but that remains to be seen.  Just expect to see this story develop particularly toward the midway point of next season.

If Philadelphia has a shaky start, there may be a quarterback frenzy in Philadephia as to who really deserves the starting role.  Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb, who do you pick?

This argument should be sorted out sooner rather than later, but Michael Vick simply isn't a happy man.  I can't go as far as saying that Michael Vick will pull a Terrell Owens on us and tell the whole world publicly how he feels, but when a once star quarterback is sitting on the sidelines seemingly going to waste, sooner or later that ticking time bomb is going to explode.

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